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  • “And what happened, then? Well, in Whoville they say – that the Grinch’s small heart grew three sizes that day. And then – the true meaning of Christmas came through, and the Grinch found the strength of *ten* Grinches, plus two!” Nope, it is not Christmas here in Phoenix. I promise! And my blog won’t […]

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  • Ring, ring…ring, ring….. “Maggie’s Place, The Hannah House, this is Gretchen, how may I help you?” “Yes, I would like to speak to Maggie, please. Is she available?” Every once in a while, the MissionCorps get this question when we answer the phone and it always makes us chuckle! You see, Maggie is not the […]

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  • The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.  – Mahatma Gandhi Like-minded women come to Maggie’s Place to serve a common purpose. We work together daily to provide a dignified and welcoming home for the women who call us seeking shelter. When I first signed on for a […]

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  • “So what exactly is Maggie’s Place?” “Well, Maggie’s Place consists of homes of hospitality for women who are pregnant, seeking shelter, and– ” “Wait, so it’s like a shelter?” “Sort of, but it’s much more than that!” Having served at Maggie’s Place for almost a full year now (!!!), I have had to answer these […]

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  • July 18th will be my 2-year anniversary at Maggie’s Place.  I’ve lived and served all this time at The Michael House as a live-in volunteer, or MissionCorps member. I have a full and demanding schedule, and it’s no joke living where you work, but despite the challenges, I can’t imagine a better way to have […]

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  • “I miss the peace here.” I was really surprised. I was having a conversation with a mom who had moved out of Maggie’s Place a few months before, and from my view, the house during her time was anything but peaceful. There must have been something more than surface tensions that she felt – something […]

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  • Welcome to our home. We are so glad to have you over, as tonight is the best night of the week. It’s Monday night, which means we get to have a meal around our 10-seater dining room table. Come join us as we circle around the island. We’ll start with the mom on my left […]

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  • A few weeks ago, one of our moms here had her four older children—three sons and one daughter— over for a sleepover. While we were making lunch, her kids were having a discussion about what makes a person rich. One piped up and said, “You are rich if you have gold!” while another chimed in […]

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  • We talk a lot about Motherhood. This makes sense, after all Mothers are being made day after day before our eyes. Motherhood is something to be celebrated. And yet, what of the fathers? They are just as integral to the lives of these children. True, they do not carry them in their wombs, they do […]

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  • Today is my Mom’s birthday—my actual mom, not one of the moms I live with at The Michael House who I continually refer to as “my moms.”  Today my mom turns one year older (Happy 29th Mom!) and it gets me thinking about how lucky I am to have such an amazing person to call […]

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