In the Puget Sound area north of Seattle, Washington, neglected and abused women have a second chance at getting back on their feet thanks to Life House Ministries.
These women are hurting physically, emotionally or spiritually. Life House Ministries and its founders, Kathy and Dr. Brad Hudec, open the doors to their shelter to help women who are coping with challenges find self-sufficiency and stability to get their lives back on track.
“With our Christian roots, we’ve always been committed to giving back,” said Dr. Hudec, center medical director for U.S. HealthWorks in Everett, Washington. “We recognize that these women haven’t had a good start … often coming from neglect and abuse, and we want to help and support them as they find hope again.”
Dr. Hudec is the president of Life House Ministries, but he credits his wife and other volunteers with running the day-to-day operations of the nonprofit. Life House provides everything from support groups, life-skills coaching and counseling to full-time living quarters for a handful of women who are in dire need.
Most of the women and children will stay at the shelter for four to nine months before transitioning back to life on their own, or into a different type of program. Approximately 15 to 20 women receive support from Lifehouse Ministries at one time.
The Hudecs founded Life House Ministries in 2013 because of their faith, a dream to give back and a small windfall due to a family inheritance. The cause is particularly close to Kathy, who suffered from abuse in her past.
“A few years ago when we got our inheritance and the housing market was down a bit, it seemed like the right time. I said to Kathy, ‘Why don’t we see if we can buy a house and open it to women who really need some help?’
“Our goal with the house has been to make it a place of rehabilitation where women can put their life skills together to ultimately move on toward a better life, and create lasting change.”
Some local residents will come to take advantage of this type of assistance; others won’t, but the Hudecs believe that helping anyone will make a difference. Dr. Hudec estimates that about 10% to 20% of women who come through the ministry will really experience lifelong change, and that’s an accomplishment.
“We’ve been so blessed and given incredible opportunities that a lot of people don’t have. We just want to be able to help others overcome the hard things that life has thrown at them – that’s our dream.”