Thank you Compassion House for made me a better person and for prepared me for what’s ahead. I’m now ready to be a mom and raise this child with love and to show him God’s purpose for his life.
In 1989, Youth with a Mission (YWAM) opened the New Beginnings Maternity Home in Elm Springs and a New Beginnings Crisis Pregnancy Center in Fayetteville, AR.
YWAM decided to alter its ministry strategy in 1998 to focus on abstinence in the schools. Owen Paris (YWAM president) approached Pastor Steve Dixon regarding Christian Life Cathedral taking over the New Beginnings Home and Pregnancy Center. Pastor Steve agreed with the intention of establishing it as a Body of Christ ministry in Northwest Arkansas rather than a CLC ministry.
The first board was formed with Pastor Ernie Conduff as president and Pastor Steve Dixon, Cyndi Bradt, Mary O’Mara, and Mark Greenway as the first board members. The non-profit organization of Compassion Ministries Ltd. was established.
When YWAM decided to sell the New Beginnings Home, the board extended a fundraising challenge to the businesses, churches, and individuals in the Northwest Arkansas community. The result was the purchase of the existing home for pregnant teens, now called Compassion House, in Elm Springs. Several years later a grant from the Willard Walker Foundation paid off the balance of our mortgage.
In early 2000, the New Beginnings Crisis Pregnancy Center closed in Fayetteville and was replaced by Loving Choices.
Early in 2001, Pastor Ernie Conduff stepped down as president of the board to begin LifeSource Ministries. The presidency was assumed by Cyndi Bradt and later by Tom Muccio.
In 2009, the community came together to build an expansion to Compassion House, doubling its size. In 2011, a renovation of the kitchen was completed, enabling us to house up to nine residents.
Tom and Nancy Muccio retired from the board in 2018, and Jenn Hart assumed the role of chairman of the board.