The Elizabeth House
A Nine to Twelve Month Christian
for Pregnant Women
Don't miss this fantastic Mother's Day news
story about a graduate of The Elizabeth House!
History of the Elizabeth House
The Elizabeth House, Care Net's residential maternity and parenting program, was birthed from the heart of Care Net staff and volunteers and others who had a vision for a place of hope and support offered to young women in crisis pregnancies. In 2003 that vision was realized when Care Net began a pilot program in a rented farm house in rural Stoughton, WI. The pilot was able to serve three women and their babies at a time while 24/7 staff lived on site supporting them. Eleven women were offered the hope of a new life through
Care Net’s pilot home.
In December of 2005, with tremendous community and church support, Care Net Pregnancy Center of Dane County opened an eight bed residential home called The Elizabeth House to offer hope and assistance to expectant young single mothers in need of secure housing and growth in parenting and life skills management.
Since December of 2005 we have had the privilege to provide help, hope, and support to over 195 mothers and their babies. We have increased our capacity from serving six mothers and their babies at one time to eight. We have also expanded our programming to include a Parenting and Education Specialist to focus on teaching the women to be the best and first teachers in their children’s lives. Our Nurturing a New Life program focuses on five program objectives: increase life management skills; identify and use support networks & community services; increase spiritual growth and emotional well-being; increase and maintain healthy relationship skills, and increase knowledge of effective parenting.
The Elizabeth House Today
Each woman at The Elizabeth House lives free of charge. We offer a supportive and safe living environment for young moms to carry out their pregnancies with free education in childbirth, parenting and adoption, money management and nutrition classes, support for setting and reaching personal goals and improving life skills, and the opportunity to achieve physical well-being, healing and spiritual growth. While at The Elizabeth House, moms are encouraged and equipped to move toward self-sufficiency, independence and spiritual wholeness and begin giving back to their community through volunteering in the greater Madison area.
During the length of the residents’ stays, we meet all of their basic needs and more. We provide food, shelter, clothing, diapers, bedding and personal care items, all free of charge. Residents take turns planning the menu and preparing evening meals with the support of house staff to develop skills in meal planning, cooking and nutrition.
At The Elizabeth House we go beyond the basic needs of women and children we serve. It is our goal that when women graduate from the TEH they have:
- Developed life management skills
- Connected with support networks and community services to expand their resource base
- Developed skills for effective parenting
- Had the opportunity for spiritual and emotional growth
- Developed healthy relationship knowledge and skills
These five objectives are addressed through a wide variety of approaches including the use of curricula, staff mentoring, client-volunteer interactions and an incentives program.
“The Elizabeth House has been a blessing at a time when I had no where else to turn. The staff and volunteers are extremely caring, kind and helpful.”
Mom can rest peacefully as her baby is able to sleep
next to her in this CO-SLEEPER® brand bassinet
Thank you to Arm's Reach for donating six CO-SLEEPER® brand bassinets for Care Net's residential maternity program, The Elizabeth House. The co-sleepers are a welcomed support in our residents’ journeys through motherhood and they assist in our parenting education objective: Because the co-sleeper provides such close proximity, it makes soothing an infant easier, promotes bonding, and makes 2:00 am nursing a little easier, thus encouraging breastfeeding.