Programs & Services
Lori’s House offers a safe, supportive home for pregnant women in difficult situations. A mom can come at any point in her pregnancy, and may stay until her child is 3 months old. Women who will be parenting or placing their child with an adoptive family are welcome. During her stay, she is given resources and support to achieve her goals and prepare for independent living. All services provided by Lori’s House are free of charge.
To qualify for Lori’s House, a pregnant woman must fit a few basic requirements:
- Over 18 years of age
- Free from drugs for 30 days
- No other children in her immediate care over the age of 4
- Not fleeing an active domestic violence situation (not in immediate danger)
- Willing to abide by expectations in the Resident’s Manual
The Intake Process
To apply to live at Lori’s House, a mom must call Lori’s House directly or submit an application.
The intake process begins once we have received the completed intake form. We then have a face to face meeting either in person or through Skype to review the intake form together. We typically call the young woman within a week to let her know if she is a good fit for our home. If she is a good fit for our program, we schedule her move in date. Before moving in, the young woman must submit a proof of pregnancy and pass a drug test.
The intake process can range from one day to a few weeks. The speed of the intake is dependent on the availability of the mom and how quickly her references respond.
What is it like to live in Lori’s House?
Sitting alongside a lovely stream, Loris House is snuggled in the Ozark Mountains Peaceful Valley, just outside of Branson, Missouri. The house sits on the property of Morningside Church, a Christian retreat and teaching center.
While moms are pregnant, they frequently share a room with another pregnant mom and as she nears her delivery date, she may move into a single bedroom with a bassinet and other items she will need for her baby. It is free of charge to live at Lori’s House. In exchange for this, Lori’s House asks that moms take effective steps to better themselves through 20 hours per week of productive time (e.g. working, attending school or classes, etc) and expects guests to follow house rules to make it a mutually beneficial experience for all involved.
What does Lori’s House provide?
- A stable home environment and nutritious food
- Maternity and infant supplies
- Weekly, one-on-one mentor sessions
- Assistance with transportation
- Support, encouragement, and accountability by full-time, live-in staff
- Life skills courses on topics such as childbirth, nutrition, budgeting, and parenting
- Referrals to community agencies/programs including adoption counseling, job training, professional counseling, and low-cost housing
- Access to education programs including high school equivalency and vocational training
- Knowledge of state programs including health insurance, day care subsidies, food stamps, child support, and cash assistance
- An opportunity for spiritual growth through weekly bible studies and church services