On October 12, 2001 Michael House Pregnancy and Parenting Support Services was incorporated and granted independent charitable status. The establishment of Michael House addressed a real need in Guelph and Wellington County at the time. Although the community of Guelph had been providing various types of practical and emotional support to women coping with crisis pregnancy and to their babies through a number of agencies, there were no shelters specifically for this client group in the area. For many years, women had to be referred to agencies in other cities.
Our first house opened on April 1, 2003, thanks to the support of many churches, schools, businesses, families and individuals ― they gave their time, talent and treasure.
In 2005 Michael House was instrumental in helping to start the “Give Yourself Credit” Program, an independent learning school program that was an immediate success and served both Michael House clients and many other youth in the community.