Merci's Voice

Our Story

Merci’s Refuge is an affiliate of Living Alternatives Pregnancy Resource Center. Since 1985
Living Alternatives has served women experiencing crisis pregnancies and those seeking post-
abortion support through material assistance, mentoring, pregnancy testing and most recently
free limited-ultrasounds. It is out of this mission and history that the vision for Merci’s Refuge
was born.

The need for residential care was evident early on in the organization’s history. Christian
families became “Shepherding Homes” to house and support women during their pregnancies.
However, without formal structure and programming, this method was not sufficient to help
women move beyond the various issues keeping them from reaching their goals and potential.
Some years later, Greta Henry visited Mercy Ministries in Tennessee and experienced
a working model for truly supporting women through their pregnancies and other challenging
situations. In 2008, a team of volunteers from the Champaign community began meeting and
praying about how a life transforming residential program could be started in Champaign for
women in Illinois and across the United States.

We now eagerly wait for the day Merci’s Refuge will open her doors to women in crisis!