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Montanna


Montanna & Shade“At LifeCare everyone is welcoming and kind. No one thinks little of you. The atmosphere is the best part.”

When Montanna discovered she was pregnant she had mixed emotions. She knew she wanted to keep the baby, but having just been laid off from her job, she knew that she would need a lot of help. Her sister told her about a Christian organization in Missouri that helped pregnant women through educational classes and baby supplies. She encouraged her to see if a similar organization might exist is Austin. A quick internet search led her to Austin LifeCare.

Montanna was thankful to find out that LifeCare offered classes that were genuinely helpful. For her it became less about the acquiring reward points and more about her and her boyfriend Shade getting the information they needed in order to be prepared for their baby. She shared, “I became more focused on the classes because they were really helpful and the points we earned just became a neat extra.”

Montanna and Shade have been faithful participants in the Tuesday evening class since June and have been able to stock up on diapers, wipes, and other baby items in preparation for the arrival of their little one. They have had such a great experience at Austin LifeCare that they plan to continue coming to parenting classes after the baby is born.

When asked what has been the best part of their experience at LifeCare, Montanna said, “Not feeling judged for it. At a lot of places you go, if you have food stamps or a WIC card, people look down on you. At LifeCare everyone is welcoming and kind. No one thinks little of you. The atmosphere is the best part.”



Luisa & Logan


Luisa & Logan“My favorite part of LifeCare is that I can honestly tell that God is here, but it was never pushed on me.”

Luisa found out she was pregnant when she took an at-home pregnancy test. She wanted confirmation so a friend suggested she find a pregnancy resource center. She called around and spoke to several Austin area centers, but LifeCare was the one she felt she had the nicest interaction with. She said she could feel the warmth and comfort through the phone. Her pregnancy was a surprise and she knew that with all life’s stresses she and her husband would need support.

Because of LifeCare she was able to get started on prenatal vitamins right away and learn about community resources. While waiting to see if her medical coverage would be approved, she was also able to get an ultrasound at LifeCare and got to see her precious baby for the first time.

Soon she started coming to classes and connecting with other moms at the center. She said she felt LifeCare provided a distraction from all the stresses in her life. Coming to class each week gave her guidance, support and strength when she needed it most. She felt that she could ask any questions she had, because this was a safe place for her to learn and prepare to be a mom. Luisa has been able to participate in several LifeCare programs including childbirth class, the Safe Riders car seat program, and the Baby Be Safe program. Through these classes, she was able to get a brand new car seat and a Pack-n-Play that would have been out of reach for her financially.

Luisa shared how thankful she is to all the people who support Austin LifeCare. It warms her heart that people she doesn’t even know donate their time, money and resources to help the families who come to LifeCare for assistance. Not only has it impacted her, but also her son Logan, and her whole family. The help she has received has inspired her to pay it forward in the future. Luisa shared, “My favorite part of LifeCare is that I can honestly tell that God is here, but it was never pushed on me.” She said that she appreciates that the LifeCare staff and volunteers are warm, caring, and passionate. They want to be there, and it shows.



Maria, Aaron & Luzdari


Maria, Aaron & Luzdari“I am thankful that y’all exist because y’all have helped me so much. I know it seems like something small to you, but to me it’s big and it means a lot.”

Maria first came to Austin LifeCare in 2014 when she found out she was pregnant with her son. She had received a referral to LifeCare from Catholic Charities, but it was through a friends recommendation that she decided to stop by and make an appointment. Although Maria and her partner had wanted children, the timing of this pregnancy was during a challenging and stressful season of their lives. When she first came to LifeCare she was needing help getting items for her baby (diapers, clothes, formula, etc.), but she soon realized that the most valuable thing LifeCare could offer her was information and guidance on how to be a good parent.

Maria admits that when she was pregnant with her son she didn’t know anything about being a parent. She started attending the weekly Spanish-language class and learning valuable skills and techniques to help her prepare for her first child. She shared that once her son arrived, she wasn’t sure how to comfort and soothe him when he would wake up crying in the middle of the night, but then she took a class that taught her techniques to make her feel more calm and confident in soothing her crying baby.

Six months after her son Aaron was born she found out she was pregnant again with her daughter Luzdari. This pregnancy was definitely unexpected, but she was confident that she could learn how to be the mom of two small children because of the support she has been given at LifeCare. Maria shared that the most important part of her LifeCare experience has been coming to the classes. She has learned how to be more patient with her children, not just from the content of the classes, but also from connecting with the other mothers who have shared their insights with her. Maria says she is thankful for all the help and support she has received and for learning how to be the best parent she can be. She explained, “I am thankful that y’all exist because y’all have helped me so much. I know it seems like something small to you, but to me it’s big and it means a lot.”