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ISSUE 11 | WINTER 2016


LIFELETTER LifeHouse is a Christ-centered ministry ensuring life for unborn children by providing opportunities for housing, help, and hope for young women during their pregnancies and beyond.

The ministry is praying to find a house in the Fort Bend area - please contact Sue Baumgarten for any leads!

EXPANSION SET FOR 2016 LIFEHOUSE SEARCHES FOR NEW HOME IN FORT BEND On January 26th, the LifeHouse of Houston Board of Directors met and voted unanimously to move forward on a God-given vision to expand the ministry into the Fort Bend County area of Houston. The expansion committee, chaired by Board Member Houston Lane, had researched different ideas for over a year. By leasing a house, this opportunity to pilot a project in Fort Bend County will allow LifeHouse to house 20-25 more women per year and also increase its non-residential reach to the Greater Houston community. In 2015, LifeHouse saw applications for services increase 128% from 175 in 2014 to over 450 applications. Having only six beds focused on housing adult women in unplanned pregnancies, the need to expand was evident. After being carefully analyzed in 2015 by an independant consulting firm called Excellence In Giving (EIG), and given benchmark measurements for expansion, LifeHouse knew it needed to explore expansion. During this same time, LifeHouse was approached by

several individuals in Fort Bend County who expressed the need for a life-affirming, family-focused, Christ-centered maternity home in their area. After much prayer and fasting, it was decided that the west side of Houston, specifically the Fulshear area, would be the place to launch this pilot project and open a third LifeHouse Home. The pilot project will be self-funded by donations already made to the ministry for the first year. With great hopes of success, LifeHouse will look for new community support from the Fort Bend County area and then determine whether to enter into a capital campaign in its second year to continue funding and possibly purchase the property. Please join us in prayer as we walk out this God-permeated mission and work toward the next steps in the expansion process. Additionally, if you know of a home that would be a great fit for LifeHouse that is available for lease, please contact Sue Baumgarten at

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Cathy Hale, PRESIDENT Cason White, VICE PRESIDENT Dean Cross, SECRETARY Rod Desroches, TREASURER Teri Andrews Greg “Buzz” Baker Shenille Engelhart Robert Finch Trey Hendershot Houston Lane Danielle Mitchell Adam Roark Tom Rourick Leiselle Sadler Yvette Simpson

ADVISORY BOARD Courtney & Doug Abernethy Brock C. Akers Reverend Tom Allen Dr. Voddie Baucham Laurence & Henry Bragg The Honorable Jeff Brown Courtney Claiborne Jane Costello Ben Cowart Jeff Cranford Kevin Delaney Bill Donovan Barbara Elliot Beth Flinn Phillip Franshaw Dr. Celeste Garbarino Jason George Ashley Hanna Mindy & Jeff Hildebrand Emily & Rusty Kelley Kristi & Robert Kincannon Matt Kuryla Susan & David Light Lesley & Kevin Lilly Emily & Louis Macey Candace Mullervy Ann P. Makris Poland Paul Rasplicka Oralia Rios-Nunez Nathaniel Richards James Marshall Rorie, Jr. Chris Seger Robert Shults Charles Simpson Reverend Jeff Smith Reverend Rufus Smith Allison & Spencer Stasney Nicole Stelivan Mark Strange Elizabeth Taaffe Kerr Taylor Jim Weatherall Cynthia & Chris Wenz Laura & William M. Wheless, IV

STAFF Sue Baumgarten, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Aly Arellano Tiffany Chen Valerie Harkins Humes Heather & Greg Lytle Meredith Phillips Dawn Schauweker Savanna & Ray Williams

HOUSING LifeHouse is intentionally providing continued resources and opportunities for past residents to grow their life skills. Being termed as “after-care events” – they are one-day events that take place twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall. The events host different speakers and teachers and offer a time of fellowship and community for attendees. Last November, the ministry hosted a Thanksgiving after-care event, opening its doors to 13 past residents and their children. Members from Second Baptist Church generously provided a delicious Thanksgiving meal. The previous residents were welcomed with love and were able to re-unite with others that they met while at LifeHouse. A spring after-care event is



Second Baptist volunteers serve a meal at the first after-care event

currently in its planning stages and will take place at Grace Bible Church (GBC). If you are interested in being a part of the event or

becoming a sponsor, please contact Valerie Humes at Valerie.Humes@


Ambernique came to LifeHouse the summer of 2014, five months pregnant and in need of help during her pregnancy. A very smart and goal oriented young woman, Ambernique needed help because the father of her baby and her family had cut off all support. LifeHouse, through its wrap-around services, helped Ambernique make a solid plan for her life and the life of her son through a collaborative relationship with the Santa Maria Hostel. After leaving LifeHouse, Ambernique continues to stay in touch with LifeHouse through the after-care program called LifeLine. She meets and communicates with the LifeHouse Director of Social Services/LifeLine, Valerie Humes, often for continued wisdom and support. Ambernique has worked as a bus driver for the past two years to support her and her baby boy, JaShawn. She balances

Ambernique holding JaShawn

her budget and finances well as she works to pay off her car and provide a stable home for her son. She has a goal of becoming debt free in the near future and hopes to be able to find a job in the medical field. The past resident believes

that LifeHouse gave her the stability she needed to be able to get to the point that she is at now. The staff at LifeHouse is so proud of her and loves using her story as a way to motivate and encourage current residents!



Jalicia (third from the top left) enjoying the IF: Gathering weekend conference with other Lifehouse girls

Jalicia found herself pregnant, alone, and scared. She had little to no support in Dallas and thought an abortion might be easier. However, after a quick Google search, she realized there might be another option. By God’s grace, one discovery after another led her to LifeHouse and a new life for her and her baby. Now living at LifeHouse for four months, Jalicia has learned patience, endurance, and what it means to walk by the spirit and not by the flesh. After receiving

Christ, she says her heart has changed and she more often thinks about her baby and others before herself. She gives credit to the program at LifeHouse and says that meeting with the counselor and social worker each week has been her greatest encouragement. Jalicia has a plan to become a cosmetologist and will enroll at Houston Community College (HCC) soon. Please join us in prayer for her and her baby who is due in July!

OTHER NEWS BOARD & ADVISORY BOARD MIXER BRINGS TOGETHER NEW AND ESTABLISHED SUPPORTERS With over 50 Advisory Board members and 13 active Board members, LifeHouse has deep roots in the Houston Community. However, not every supporter of LifeHouse knows one another, or is up-to-date on the latest happenings in the ministry. For this reason, LifeHouse hosted a social between the Board and Advisory Board the third week of January, also known as Sanctity Of Life Week. Board member, Teri Andrews and her husband Ronnie, graciously opened their home in Memorial. In attendance were two founding members of the ministry,

two past residents, and many other Board and Advisory Board members. LifeHouse Executive Director, Sue Baumgarten, gave an update on the ministry and the 2016 vision. LifeHouse is hoping to further engage with its Advisory Board members, and will continue to give opportunities for those in this role to connect with the ministry. If you are interested in learning more about serving LifeHouse through the Advisory Board, please contact Courtney Claiborne at Hosts Teri & Ronnie Andrews and Executive Director, Sue Baumgarten

CAMPUS WISH LIST • Maternity Clothes - Size L and Up • Shoes - Gym Shoes, Flip-Flops

• Twin Bed Sheets - White • Pillow Cases - White

• Serving Utensils • Slippers

• Towel Sets • Outdoor Patio Furniture

If you are interested in donating something on this list, or anything else, please contact Dawn Schauweker at



If you know of a young woman who is experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, LifeHouse stands ready to help: 713.623.2120

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