LifeCare began in 1993 as a satellite organization of the Light House in Kansas City due to the concern about the high teen pregnancy rate in Franklin County. Its initial goal was to fill the need for abstinence education and, in the event of an unplanned pregnancy, to provide physical alternatives to help save the life of the child and make carrying the baby to term easier for the mother. The Center provide free pregnancy tests, clothing and baby items, medical referrals, housing, and adoption services. The mission was simply to save babies’ lives, provide support for parents, and promote abstinence for singles as the only foolproof method of birth control.
In 1994, after realizing that the issues facing single, pregnant women were almost always complex, the Board of Directors decided to become an independent ministry. Over 20 years later, LifeCare continues to offer its original free services but has expanded to offer limited obstetric ultrasound, the nationally acclaimed Earn While You Learn program, a wide range of educational classes, and lay counseling for both men and women. We work hand it hand with other agencies in the community such as Hope House, the Kansas Department of Children and Families, the Elizabeth Layton Center, ECKAN, and school counselors, in addition to several area churches. We will continue to serve the Lord in this way as long as the need is present.