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 1998 we began offering free medical services from trained staff and volunteer nurses. Dr. Michael Wilson began serving as the first Volunteer Medical Director. Under his direction 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 current 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 offers affordable housing for 36 families.
Lighthouse Kids moved into space owned by Care Net in the Eagle Harbor Apartments building in 2015. This five-star childcare center offers bilingual education (English/Spanish). 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
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.