How Legacy Family Ministries Began
During the summer of 2012 a small group of Gunnison women began discussing the need for unexpectedly pregnant women — including those at the local university — to be fully educated in their pregnancy options, receive emotional support regardless of their decision, and be offered free pregnancy/parenting education classes. The women also discussed the need for area churches to become more educated and involved in child advocacy and support programs such as foster care and adoption. Continued discussion, research, and a public informational meeting resulted in the founding of a multi-faceted, non-profit ministry to address those needs. By December of 2012 a board was formalized, by-laws adopted, and an attorney retained. On December 7, 2012, Legacy Family Ministries became incorporated in the State of Colorado.
Lighthouse Pregnancy Center: Initially the volunteer Legacy Family Ministries board concentrated on establishing a pregnancy center in Gunnison. October 2013 Legacy Family Ministries received 501(c)(3) non-profit tax exempt status from the IRS, and in July 2014 Lighthouse Pregnancy Center opened its doors. Please see Lighthouse on the menu bar for more information about the ministry’s services and programs.
LEAD Program: By the fall of 2016 the LFM board recognized a need in the valley for other potential ministries to have a nonprofit umbrella so that they could focus on their services and not have the initial expenses and energy expended to incorporate, develop a board, and handle financial records and state reports. In early 2020, the term “ministry incubator” was coined with LFM moving toward helping future ministries, as appropriate, launch from under the umbrella, over time, to become successful nonprofits in their own right. LEAD Program, a two-day-a-week enrichment program for home-educated children, was the first such ministry. Please see the Menu bar for more information.
Shining Lights Learning Center: In 2021 the LFM board began to recognize the need for affordable daycare in our area. Stepping out in faith, they hired Leah Starinieri, an early childhood director, to help develop and open a Christian-based learning center. This dream is currently being developed with a goal of opening in late 2022 or early 2023.
Antora Youth Ranch: In the winter of 2022 a local couple and friend approached the LFM board about assisting in their vision to establish a youth ranch which would encourage and affirm area families and their children. The board accepted their proposal, and the youth ranch is scheduled to launch July 2, 2022. Please see the Menu bar for more information.