Care Net Pregnancy Center started as the Pregnancy Information Center (PIC) in 1985, founded by a small group of volunteers seeking to provide options to women facing unintended pregnancies and save the lives of unborn babies. This early ministry offered free pregnancy tests, consultations and referrals.
In 1986, Liz Osborn was hired as the Executive Director of the Pregnancy Information Center and she, along with our Board of Directors, continues to lead Care Net forward to this day. Over the last 30+ years, we have expanded our services many times to now include free medical services, education and support programs and a residential program, The Elizabeth House.
In 1998 we began offering free medical services from trained staff and volunteer nurses. Dr. Michael Wilson began serving as our Volunteer Medical Director. Under his direction, and through a grant from Focus on the Family’s Option Ultrasound Program, we began offering free limited obstetrical ultrasounds and testing for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI).
Recognizing a need in our community for safe housing and ongoing support during pregnancy and while beginning to parent, Care Net’s Board of Directors began a pilot program of The Elizabeth House at a farmhouse in rural Stoughton. In 2005, after we received donated land, the Madison area community came together in an unprecedented way to build and furnish Care Net’s facility which houses Care Net’s medical clinic, educational services and residential program, The Elizabeth House.
In 2014, on donated land adjacent to Care Net, we built Eagle Harbor Apartments through a collaborative effort with many in the community and through tax credit financing. Eagle Harbor Apartments provides a modern and affordable home for 36 families.
March 2015 saw the opening of Lighthouse Kids, a new early learning center unlike any other day care, in space owned by Care Net in the Eagle Harbor Apartments building. Lighthouse Kids, a five-star childcare center run by Lighthouse Christian School, offers bilingual education (English/Spanish) to meet the needs of families while giving children the gift of multiple languages. Lighthouse Kids provides a convenient and affordable childcare option for families of Eagle Harbor Apartments, mothers of The Elizabeth House and other families on Madison’s east side.
While remaining committed to our core services providing life-honoring services that meet the needs of individuals facing pregnancy and sexual health issues, Care Net now offers additional free medical services and support programs to more fully equip women and men to make wise life choices. All of these services are provided to clients free of charge thanks to generous contributions from many individuals, and thanks to a large team of carefully trained volunteers.
Over the years, we have seen God nurture this tiny seed and have watched it grow to become a many-faceted and vibrant ministry that continues to blossom and flourish with the support of many individuals, churches and businesses in the community. As we look ahead to the years to come, with compassionate care, we will continue to foster healing from the past, provide help for today and build hope for tomorrow for the many women, men and families who come to Care Net.