The Elizabeth House
A nine month Christian Residential Program
for Pregnant Women
History of the Elizabeth House
The Elizabeth House, Care Net's residential maternity 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 110 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 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.