Our Story

The mission of LifeHouse Crisis Maternity Home is to protect the unborn and their mothers in crisis situations by providing food, shelter, advocacy, and education in a safe and loving environment.

Through these provisions, the goal of LifeHouse is to equip and enable mothers-to-be with life skills they can utilize for their personal success and for the future success of their unborn.

As a 19 year old girl, pregnant and in crisis, founder Sharon Maples found herself in a vulnerable, desperate position.  Without knowledge of resources and afraid to turn to her family for support, she chose abortion as the solution.  Fast forward through two decades and healing, Sharon discovered her purpose while volunteering with a local agency serving pregnant women. LifeHouse began to take shape and develop under God’s direction.

Our Facility

LifeHouse is a program of Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri and is located in the former Carmelite Monastery of St. Anne in Springfield and sits on 11 secluded acres of green space and gardens.

LifeHouse accommodates up to 20 pregnant women and their children (ages 5 and under). It is a sanctuary for the unborn and a haven where the bonding mother and baby can reside for up to 12 months after delivery to help ensure success as they work toward self-sufficiency and permanent housing.  An Aftercare program is offered for up to 2 years after exiting LifeHouse.