The Elizabeth House is a goal-oriented residential maternity and parenting program that supports pregnant women.

We provide a safe and secure environment for mothers to become emotionally healthy and self-sufficient, while building life skills that will enable them to secure employment and housing, manage money and foster sound decision making while learning effective parenting skills or making an adoption plan.

Most residents stay at The Elizabeth House for six to 12 months, during and immediately following their pregnancy, and many receive ongoing support after that time.

The dedicated and trained personnel are available 24-hours a day to care for and encourage each resident during her stay.

The Elizabeth House, founded in 2003, is a program of Care Net Pregnancy Center of Dane County, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving the greater Madison area. 

The Elizabeth House is a member of the National Maternity Housing Coalition.

Our Principles

The Elizabeth House is a safe place for expectant moms who are ready to change the directions of their lives. We provide a supportive, structured, goal oriented environment committed to the growth of moms and their babies, free of charge.

At The Elizabeth House we go beyond meeting the basic needs of women and children we serve. Our objectives for all residents include:

  1. Develop life management skills
  2. Connect with support networks and community services to expand each woman’s resource base
  3. Support in making parenting decisions and establish effective parenting
  4. Have an opportunity for spiritual and emotional growth
  5. Develop healthy relationship knowledge and skills

Our Team

Tia Rice

Operations Manager

We were happy to welcome Tia to our staff in 2017. Previously Tia served as the Program Director for Projects for Success. Regardless of the challenges the youth she worked with faced, she said, "my staff and I were grateful for the successes achieved and our participants' perseverance despite temporary situations in life."

Michelle Matheny

Case Manager

Michelle joined the Care Net team in 2014. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Social Science and Human Services and has worked in the field for over 12 years. She is a firm believer that kids deserve a safe, stable life and parents should have the tools to provide that.

Evonne Walsh

Residential House Staff

Evonne became a part of The Elizabeth House in 2005. She has a double MA – that is short for “mama”! She and her husband Dan live on the floor and love sharing Jesus and living life with the women.

CJ Grahn

Relief Residential House Staff

CJ first worked for Care Net as Relief Staff for The Elizabeth House in 2006 and returned in 2017 as an on-call residential relief provider overnights and weekends when needed. CJ has a Master’s degree in Social Work and has worked in the areas of adoption, caring for the developmentally disabled in their homes, and as a parent educator in an in-home family therapy program. She looks forward to spending time with the residents and their beautiful children.

Amanda Kane

Relief Residential House Staff

Amanda started working for Care Net in March 2018 after volunteering for several weeks before that in the clinic and behind the scenes. Amanda was drawn to Care Net because of her desire to work with pregnant mothers. She finds connecting with the women of The Elizabeth House very rewarding.

Cassie Pollen

Relief Residential House Staff

Cassie served as an intern for Care Net during the summer of 2016 and returned to volunteer in January 2017 after finishing school. She began as part time Relief Residential House Staff for The Elizabeth House in September 2017. Cassie attended the University of Northwestern-St. Paul for a degree in Ministry and Bible. She finds building relationships with moms, seeing them reach goals and learn to be great parents the most rewarding aspects of her work here.

The Elizabeth House is a program of Care Net Pregnancy Center of Dane County.
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