A young couple lived far away from their west coast home and was terrified of their future. They just found out she was pregnant. Panic ensued and they turned to the internet to search for what they felt to be their only option – an abortion clinic.
The couple called the clinic and sat up an appointment to discuss the couple’s pregnancy and the termination options available. The clinic from the search was not an abortion clinic though. It was the Life House Care Center in Murray, KY.
Time and time again the Life House receives calls from couples and individuals who are facing the same situation. They are scared, alone, and panicked with nowhere to turn. Many believe abortion is their only option. Others who call want to continue the pregnancy, but need a great deal of support to do so.
For thirty-four years the center has provided a loving, supportive environment to its clients. A client testifies to the staff’s caring hearts, “Life House is an amazing place that allows you to be yourself. The staff is wonderful and really takes the time to listen and help you in any way they can.”
The Life House has a unique opportunity to minister to clients through its Earn While You Learn program. The clients have multiple opportunities to earn funds to spend at the center’s store, such as participating in educational lessons about anything from caring for your baby to life skills such as keeping a checkbook, by keeping appointments, and being on time. While the money is not real cash, this program is a valuable resource for clients and their families. The money earned can be traded for items needed for their baby including diapers, wipes, clothes, shoes, and formula among many other baby items.
A Life House client speaks to the importance of the program, “Life House has helped my son and me so much. From diapers to formula, Life House has provided a lot of baby items I had a hard time getting or couldn’t afford.”
The items in the center’s store are those donated by the community. Due to the number of clients participating in the program, there is always a need for items, especially size 3, 4, and 5 diapers, wipes, baby wash, and lotion.
The Earn While You Learn program is just one of many offered at the center. It offers free pregnancy tests, pregnancy support, adoption planning, abstinence education, abortion recovery support, and the recent addition of a support program for men.
Until recently the center was only able to set-up an ultrasound referral with a local doctor for the client, but in December, 2016 the Life House celebrated a huge milestone in its history. With generous donations and fundraising efforts, the Life House purchased an ultrasound machine. The center has the machine, beautifully remodeled facilities, and a doctor and sonographer, but is eagerly waiting for the center’s medical license to be approved in order to begin offering onsite ultrasound services.
Stephanie Kelly, Life House Executive Director, expresses the life-saving opportunity the ultrasound machine provides, “Once an abortion-vulnerable client hears their baby’s heart beat, 75% will choose life for the baby.”
The Life House expects their clientele to triple after the addition of the machine. Whether it is through prayer, the donation of baby items, volunteering, fundraising, or pledging a monthly monetary donation through the center’s Champions for Life program, the Life House Care Center needs the support of the community now more than ever before.
The Life House goes beyond providing for physical needs and emotional support to its clients. Because the Life House is a non-profit ministry, it holds a special opportunity to meet the client’s spiritual needs. The lives of the Life House staff, unborn babies, and clients have been changed with just a prayer, including the couple from the west coast who wanted an abortion. After speaking with the couple about possible options other than abortion, the staff member asked if she could pray over the couple. The staff member prayed and the couple left. The staff member’s heart was heavy, not knowing if the couple would choose life or an abortion. Later the man called the center and informed the staff member of their decision. He told her during her prayer he felt a peace like never before and knew everything would be okay. Because of the faithful prayer of a caring individual, the couple who thought they were calling an abortion clinic chose life for their baby. Moments like that make all the hours ministering, donated baby items, volunteering, monetary donations, and 34 years of the Life House worth every second.
For the person who is afraid of what others will think, Stephanie encourages, “We don’t care where you have been, what you have done, or who you are. We just want to love you and help you the best we can. There is no judgment here.”
To discuss volunteering, donation opportunities, or fundraising opportunities contact Stephanie Kelly at email@example.com or 270-753-0700. The Life House Care Center is open Monday – Thursday, 8 am. – 4 p.m. To reach someone after hours, call the center’s 24 hour helpline at 1-800-712-HELP.
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