The Colorado Springs Pregnancy Center (CSPC) history dates back to 1983; started in response to skyrocketing abortion rates following the 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision, legalizing abortion on demand for any reason at any stage of development. Local churches provided financial support and, by 1984 the CSPC had served three hundred and fifty young women.
Formerly Bethany Crisis Pregnancy Services, its name changed to Colorado Springs Pregnancy Center in 1987 to better reflect its mission. As the ministry grew throughout the years, new programs were developed to more effectively meet clients’ needs. A few years after the pregnancy center opened, shepherding homes were established for expectant mothers in need of housing. Families from local churches offered love and support along with a room where expectant moms could live until their babies were six weeks old. In 1993, an additional home opened for single moms and their children, helping them to achieve independence once they left their shepherding home. As similar programs developed within the community, the CSPC decided to refer clients to these already-established programs. Eventually, the home was sold; its sale allowed the ministry to purchase the building that the CSPC resides in today.
Growing rates of promiscuity in youth led the pregnancy center to develop a prevention program, now known as Education for a Lifetime (EFL). Eventually, PACE (Post-Abortion Counseling and Education) was developed, and later renamed Bridges of Hope, to address the painful reality and devastating impact of a man or woman’s past abortion.
Most recently, LifeSteps, the ‘Earn While You Learn’ program was developed to help meet the material needs of clients. Participants watch videos, attend classes and complete homework assignments to earn credits to be exchanged in the Baby Boutique – a free clothing closet. Not only does this help develop great parenting skills for clients, but it provides the opportunity for long-term relationships to develop with CSPC staff, which leads to greater opportunities for sharing the gospel and discipleship.
As this life-changing ministry continued to grow, leadership prayerfully reviewed the purpose and direction of the ministry. The result was a mutual agreement that the Colorado Springs Pregnancy Center was not solely a crisis pregnancy center with other ministries attached, but rather a sanctity of life umbrella ministry that includes various outreaches. The name Life Network was adopted to better embrace the fullness of the ministry it accomplishes each day. In addition to Education for a Lifetime, Bridges of Hope and LifeSteps, the Colorado Springs Pregnancy Center name and ministry continue as before, but now under the Life Network umbrella. These outreaches provide hope, education, encouragement and healing to many.
Life Network is a sanctity of human life ministry that impacts and transforms people with the love of Christ.
We achieve this by:
- Actively representing and presenting the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
- Offering hope to anyone whom has been or may be adversely impacted by an unplanned pregnancy.
- Providing positive alternative choices to abortion with the specific goal of preserving the lives of the unborn.
- Heightening awareness of the sacredness of human life through our prevention, intervention, restoration and education outreaches.
- Encouraging, equipping and partnering with the local body of Christ to promote sexual integrity, the value of human life and restoration of the family unit.
- Engaging the culture through inter-generational and ethnically diversity in our programs and services.
- Partnering with churches and other service organizations to positively influence the spiritual and moral needs of our community.
The Pregnancy Center offers life-affirming alternatives to those facing unplanned pregnancies. All services at the Pregnancy Centers are free of charge, including: pregnancy tests, options counseling, ultrasounds and emergency assistance such as diapers, formula, and maternity and baby clothing. Through our Pregnancy Centers we have the opportunity to see God use the miracle of ultrasound to change and save lives. Statistics have shown us that over 87% of abortion-vulnerable clients choose life after seeing their little one on the ultrasound screen.
LifeSteps is an “Earn While You Learn” outreach for teen and first time parents. From pregnancy until their child’s second birthday, the appointments provide mentoring opportunities and education on many topics, including: pregnancy, nutrition, childbirth and child development. Clients earn credits toward items in the LifeSteps Baby Boutique; the Boutique contains baby clothing and supplies. In addition, clients have the opportunity to earn larger items, such as a new crib, car seat or stroller. Everything is donated by generous supporters of Life Network.
Serving the community since 1987, Education for a Lifetime (EFL) offers sexual risk avoidance programs that teach goal-setting, refusal skills and the benefits of avoiding sexual activity outside of marriage to local middle and high school students. We partnering with volunteers and local youth pastors to impact over 6,000 students annually.
Using biblical principles as tools for healing, Bridges of Hope offers 9-week healing and support classes to men and women who are struggling with the effects of a past abortion. The study addresses topics including: grief, anger, guilt and forgiveness.
Rob Flanegin, Chairman
Rev. Jayde Duncan, Vice Chairman
Tom Sistare, Treasurer
Maura Nordberg, Secretary
Walt Larimore, MD
Barbara Seeds, MA, LMFT
Senator Owen Hill
Rich Bennett, President/CEO
Laura Howe, V.P. of Development and Operations
Brenda Shuler, V.P. of Client Services and Bridges of Hope Director
John Gore, Financial Manager
Luz Davidson, Administrative Manager
Debbi Kirkpatrick, Colorado Springs Pregnancy Center Director
Jennifer Munger, RNC, Nurse Manager
Kevin Goos, Men’s Services Director
Kim Jones, LifeSteps Director
David Galvan, Education for a Lifetime Director