The Elizabeth House Maternity Home Overview
The Elizabeth House Maternity Home offers pregnant women and their children a loving and stable family environment from the beginning of pregnancy up to 6 months after the birth of their child. The Elizabeth House Maternity Home is a free, full service home for women experiencing a crisis pregnancy.
The Elizabeth House Maternity Home offers a unique solution to women of the Brazos Valley. We are the only home of this kind in the area. We offer women in need a safe environment for them to live, strengthen their personal, parenting, educational and work skills and empower themselves to live an independent and happy life.
The Elizabeth House Maternity Home is a nonprofit organization established for charitable, educational and healthcare related purposes. Our organization believes in the sanctity of all human life and the innate value of each person. Based on these beliefs, our goal is to provide women in crisis pregnancy and their children with safe housing and the physical, emotional and spiritual support necessary to empower them in their journey towards independence.
Board members believe in the mission of the group, outlined above. Board members uphold a complementary view of humanity that places women, men, and children in loving family circles of trust, stability, and of mutual giving and acceptance. Board members have fiduciary responsibility for the organization, and take an active part in planning the budget and fundraising to meet it. Board members will attend 10 board meetings every year and be available for committee work, where appropriate, and phone consultation.
Executive Board Members:
Lauren Gulde: President
Cecelia Wagner: Vice President
Lacey Moore: Treasurer
Lauren Artho: Secretary
Dr. Weslei Rice
Objectives and Services:
In order to providing respite for women, The Elizabeth House Maternity Home willL
- Provide a safe, stable and supportive place for residents and up to two children to live while dealing with unexpected pregnancy.
- Provide free housing throughout pregnancy and continue for up to 6 months after delivery.
- Assist residents to meet basic needs, such as clothing, baby items, transportation, medical care, long-term housing, job and educational opportunities.
- Provide residents access and transportation to health services
- Partner with other community nonprofits and government organizations to provide for residents’ needs and well-being.
In meeting the objective of equipping women for life-long change, residents will receive:
- education in planning their own meals, maintaining a home, and basic child care skills.
- counseling, childbirth, breast-feeding, child-care and parenthood classes while in residence, adoption information and financial planning
- assistance in navigating the local housing market and securing future housing.
- support in obtaining their GED as well as earning college credits.
- mentoring and tutoring services.
Local women in need of classes, counseling and support may apply as a ‘Day Resident’ to take advantage of The Elizabeth House Maternity Home’s educational and social services while living in their own homes.
The Elizabeth House Maternity Home will require consistent funding to keep in operation. We will gain funding from the following sources:
- private gifts
- large gifts
- monthly support partners
- annual fundraiser
- mailing appeal
- Texas Pregnancy Care Network (after 12 months)
- Texas Choose Life License Plate Program
Profile of Potential Residents
The Board has researched the need in Bryan/College Station to learn about our future residents. We have interviewed fifteen local non-profits who work with women in need. Through these discussions we have learned that the typical women we will serve will be a non-college student, minority, over eighteen, have additional children, have suffered from abuse or neglect herself, and be in need to social services.
Expectations of Residents
- Residents are expected to attend school, work toward earning their GED, actively search for a job, or work while in residence.
- Residents are required to sign theThe Elizabeth House Maternity Home Covenant (see attached) and abide by house rules in order to remain in the Maternity Home.
Criteria for Residency
First priority will be given to women in the Brazos Valley. The criteria for admission toThe Elizabeth House Maternity Home are:
- Age 18 or over
- Admission must be voluntary
- No severe mental illness
- No violent felonies
- Willingness to adhere to the guidelines for living in The Elizabeth House Maternity Home
If a woman does not meet our criteria, we will offer her other alternatives available to her in the region.
Promotion of Services
The Elizabeth House Maternity Home promotes its services within the local churches, ministries, social services as to organizations across the state. Research shows that once established, marketing will not be necessary in order to find residents.