For a new beginning...

Our mission is to offer a residential program at no cost to women in crisis who desire to arise to their created purposeā€¦but we cannot do it without you! Spend a few minutes browsing our site to learn more about us, our upcoming events, and how you can partner with us as we share in the burdens faced by many women in our communities!

Thank you for your interest in supporting Merci's Refuge through our 2018 Illinois Marathon campaign!

Merci's Refuge, a ministry of Living Alternatives Pregnancy Resource Center, is a residential program offered at no cost and designed to nurture women in crisis as they become who God created them to be! If you have any questions about the information below, you can email or message us on our facebook page.

Click here to donate to our team's efforts!                                                            Click here for charity runner registration instructions 

The 2018 Illinois Marathon will be held the weekend of April 26 - 28 in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. Full race information can be found at

Benefits of being a charity runner or walker on behalf of Merci's Refuge: 

  • Discounted race registration code for any 2018 Illinois Marathon event 
    (5K, 10K, half marathon, marathon, and I-Challenge events) 
  • Runner thank-you gift from the Illinois Marathon exclusive to charity runners 
  • An "I run for _______" back bib to wear on race day 
  • Invitation to our pre-race celebration party 
  • Free webpage on to help with your fundraising efforts 
  • Opportunity to hear our team's progress featured on local radio stations
  • Runners or walkers who raise at least $25 get a Merci's Refuge gym towel!
  • Runners or walkers who raise at least $100 get a Merci's Refuge running visor!

We are grateful to the following businesses and organizations for supporting our team!