On Saturday, April 27, approximately sixty ladies from the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women toured the former Carmelite Monastery in Springfield. This site will soon house the administrative offices of Catholic Charities and LifeHouse, a crisis maternity home. All agreed that the facility is perfectly suited to be a maternity home. The Carmelite sisters had twenty-four small bedrooms, a large kitchen and dining room and many rooms for large gatherings. The fact that the site recently became available presented a once-in-a lifetime opportunity.
The goals of the LifeHouse program are to provide a home for pregnant, homeless young women and provide them with the skills they need to become self-sufficient and nurturing mothers.
After touring the facility, the Women’s Council of St Mary’s Church in West Plains presented a donation to LifeHouse in the amount of $876.00. This donation was the proceeds of a special Mardi Gras fundraiser held on Saturday, February 9, 2013. The event included a Dinner and Dance and Silent Auction. Maura Taylor, Executive Director of CCSOMO, thanked the ladies for their hard work and generosity. The donation will be used to help supply some of the many start-up costs associated with LifeHouse.
Women’s Council members from St. Mary’s Church in West Plains present donation to Catholic Charities. Pictured are Paula Coal, Connie Shelley, Waynita Cahoj (Women’s Council President), Maura Taylor (Executive Director of Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri), Angela Anderson, and Beth Anne Schneider.