Programs & Services
Lori’s House is a housing alternative for abortion. We fully believe each child is a blessing from God. At Lori’s House we offer a safe, supportive home for pregnant women in need or crisis. A pregnant woman can enter at any point in her pregnancy upon approval and availability. A mother can stay up to six months or three months after the baby is born (whichever comes first) as long as she is continually applying herself and daily progressing in the program to better her life. Women who will be parenting or placing their child with an adoptive family are welcome, also women with current children are also welcome (with their kids) depending on availability. During the mothers stay, she is given resources and support to achieve goals and prepare for independent living. All services provided by Lori’s House are free of charge.
Gift of TIME
Most importantly, we view the time in the home for the mother as a gift to reset their lives. This allows them to seek and setup their home, lives and careers (not just a job). They can change their entire lifestyle and break bad habits and patterns. They are given time to heal and connect with healthy relationships. If a mother is seeking just a bed and a free stay during their pregnancy as a shelter, this home will not be a good fit for them. We daily encourage them to thrive in life, to excel and not settle. This is a working season, think of the amount of activity it takes to reset your life. There is no time left to lose. With a baby on the way, this is a great environment available to make the most of that time. We help them find creative ways to make their lives better for them and their children. If the mom is resistant to change or correction or even slowing down their lives to reset and start again, this can be a miserable process (for all involved, including the mother). We want to support women who are seeking change. It is evident when mothers are resistant or untrusting. We cannot make them change so this has to be something they themselves commit to from day one until they see it bloom in their life, even beyond Lori’s House. This change is a change from the inside out and they have to carry it through for the rest of their lives.
Road Less Traveled
To be honest, this road is not an easy road – it is going to be very difficult at times. Otherwise there would be success stories surrounding us in the world and media all the time. Unfortunately, this is a road less traveled. We applaud all our mothers who dared to dream, committed themselves to progress and graduated into a new life they never thought was possible, and continue to stay the course, excelling into a beautiful life full of love and freedom. While they are in the home they find friendships that last a lifetime who encourage and support them as their biggest cheerleaders! A mother has to acknowledge the need for transformation in her life. She needs to be accepting and willing to grow and then partner with others who can help her in that road. We have a team ready to help and go as far as the mother is determined, we are here to link arms with her and tell her three things 1)You are worth it 2) Your child is worth it. 3)You can do it. “You’re always one decision away from a totally different life.”
Expectations & Guidelines
• Over 18 years of age, currently pregnant with certified results from doctor (we take existing children with the pregnant mother) all medication and appointments must show written documentation from their doctor.
• No Smoking, Vaping or Alcohol during the entirety of the program (not in the home, not out of the home, not on any part of the property and not at or surrounding appointments).
• Free from drugs for over three months, PASSING a clear drug test (drug tests given continually throughout the program). We are not a rehab. Certain prescriptions that cause positive results are not allowed in the home. Some mothers may be required to first complete a rehabilitation for period of time before entering in the home.
• Willing to abide by expectations in the Resident’s Manual (Betterment physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally: Signing up with professional advocate classes in the community, taking classes provided in the home, working on weekly goals, attending church services and devotions. All medication is locked up and only given when prescribed.)
• Continual (large and small) daily actions to betterment their lives and their children/babies and take correction when necessary.
• Willingness to progress in the program and apply themselves. The mothers can quit the program at anytime (within a 24 hr notice for a proper checkout). If they do choose to leave they cannot return. If a mother leaves without consent and proper approval, they are agreeing to leave the program at that time. They can also be dismissed from the program by the Administration at any time, if the mother breaks guidelines or requirements set to help and protect the babies, mothers and any personnel on the property as well as the mother and her child.
• No visitors to protect all women in the home. No self-transportation: we provide all transportation by our volunteers to better advocate for your safety and security. The mothers cannot hold a job during their time in the home. If a mother has financial responsibilities she has to carry, she can enter the home still, we will just need to create a variable path where she can work to gather donations to carry those finances while she is in the program. She can also work towards landing a job while in the home but will need to be moved out once the job begins. Cellphones are not permitted during the program. We have a landline for any professional calls needing to be made.
• Limiting personal belongings inside the home to two suitcases only. If you have a vehicle we have an area where you can safely park your car during your stay in the home with your items stored until you graduate. This will be a holding place and not to be accessible during the time you are in the program. New items are offered and earned as rewards in our program and our affiliates to cover any necessities for the mother and the baby. We do not take in any furniture, appliances, pets or items that could damage the room the mother is staying in (hair dye, paints, cleaning products…). We are not a storage facility. All items brought in and out of the home are required to be approved and searched or they will be removed immediately.
The Intake Process
To apply to live at Lori’s House the pregnant mother MUST submit an application online. Someone can help her (affiliate or family member) but to be considered we must have communication and consent with the applicant hearing from her, in her own words.
The intake process begins once we have received the completed submission form. We will then call the mother back within the week. After three attempts without connection to the applicant, the submission will be closed. The applicant will need to start the process again by reapplying. When the applicant is reached we will schedule a meeting either in person or through the phone to review the submission form together.
We typically call applicant back within a month to let her know if she is a good fit for Lori’s House and/or if there is availability for her in the home during that time. Next we schedule her move in date. Before moving in, the applicant must sign a waiver and release form, submit proof of pregnancy, pass a drug test and have personal items checked. She will have orientation for the first week, to go over expectations and goals as well as listen to where she is and her personal goals. After one month in the home her efforts will be examined by the board of Lori’s House to determine if she can continue and is a good fit as a guest in the home.
What does Lori’s House provide?
- A stable home environment and nutritious food, the mothers will also learn to cook for themselves and others in the home during “house meals”, creating a time to sit and eat as a family unit.
- Maternity and infant supplies earned through doing the program
- Weekly, one-on-one mentor sessions with our Lori’s House staff
- Transportation to professional appointments (must be approved, no personal trips)
- 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. Attending is required. We love because we were first loved. We have learned to show God’s love, to love others and to love ourselves.
Local services our mother’s partner with:
Pregnancy Life Line
Burrell Behavioral Health
Women, Infants & Children (WIC)
Peer Support (SAMHSA)