What are the commitment dates? Is there a deadline for applying?
Commitments for MissionCorps Members are from or January 3, 2018 – January 31, 2019 or July 1, 2018-July 31, 2019. Contact the MissionCorps Liaison for more information about flexible dates.
Commitments for Summer Immersion volunteers are flexible around the applicant’s availability, but are usually 8-12 week commitments between May and September. There is a place on the summer application to note availability.
Applicants are accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled. Aim to turn in all materials a minimum of 8 weeks before commitments begin to allow for time for an interview and final decision, or 6 weeks before a scheduled Discernment Weekend if you are interested in attending one. Contact the MissionCorps Liaison for more information and to inquire if applications are still being accepted.
Who applies/who can apply to be a MissionCorps or Summer Immersion volunteer?
Most applicants are recent college graduates interested in doing a year of service, or gap year, before entering graduate school or embarking on their career paths. Others are women interested in giving a year of service who weren’t able to do so immediately after graduating. Applicants must be female and at least 21 years of age*. There is no age limit; we have had some MissionCorps who just turned 21 years old, and others who are in their seventies! All applicants should be coming from a place of emotional and mental resilience, and be interested in giving of themselves in a unique way, being challenged to stretch and grow and living in a vibrant community.
*Summer Immersion applicants can be accepted at age 20.
Are married couples permitted?
Maggie’s Place recognizes the beauty in a married couple seeking to use their gifts and talents together to serve in a community such as ours. However, due to the delicacy of the women we serve and our live-in staffing model, we do not permit men to serve as MissionCorps. In addition, the demands of the position are taxing and would not allow a married couple to thrive while serving with us. We value the powerful witness of married couples and invite anyone who may be interested to get in touch with us about volunteering in the homes in other ways.
Can I bring my kids?
No. The full-time, live-in nature of the MissionCorps position is such that it demands more time and attention than can be given by parents already giving of their time and attention to their children. We also just don’t have the space to accommodate MissionCorps children.
Can I bring my service animal/pet?
No. MissionCorps are not permitted to bring service animals or pets to Maggie’s Place.
What are the education requirements/credentials/skills?
Maggie’s Place is seeking applicants at least 21 years of age* with a college degree or equivalent life experience. On the job training is provided, and there are no added certifications or skills required to apply. We do prefer applicants with a valid driver’s license.
*Summer Immersion applicants may be accepted at age 20 and do not need a college degree.
Can I apply if I’m not a US citizen?
Yes, as long as you have proper documentation for authorization to work in the United States. Maggie’s Place will not assume expenses for gaining proper work authorization or for travel.
Can I choose the home I serve in?
Applicants may list their preference and we will do our best to accommodate. However, we also ask MissionCorps and Summer Immersion volunteers to be open to serving where most needed.
I’m discerning the religious life. What should I consider in preparation for possibly serving?
You are not alone! Many MissionCorps are working on discerning their vocation, particularly a vocation to the religious life, during their year(s) of service. You will have 24 vacation days per year of service as well as 3 personal retreat days that you can use toward visiting communities during the year if you feel called to do so. Maggie’s Place also fosters an environment of community and personal prayer, and encourages MissionCorps who are interested to meet with a spiritual advisor regularly. We have a growing list of local priests and religious who provide spiritual direction.
I’m in a significant relationship. What should I consider in preparation for possibly serving?
Many MissionCorps have begun their year of service in a significant relationship, or entered a significant relationship while serving at Maggie’s Place. There is no restriction on dating during your year of service.
What medical considerations might impact my placement?
MissionCorps and Summer Immersion volunteers are expected to be able to lift and carry at least 30lbs, hold babies, climb stairs, respond to emergencies in the home and operate a vehicle.
The nature of our work is also demanding mentally and emotionally, and may bring up past experiences or mental health problems that could be difficult to address in a healthy way while living in community.
Applicants should be coming from a state of mental and emotional resilience. We ask all applicants to consider the effects that an immersive year of service could have on their physical, mental, and emotional health before committing to a year of service.
I am not a recent graduate. Should I still apply?
Do I have to be Catholic?
No. While our mission flows from a distinctly Catholic tradition, our staff and MissionCorps are not required to be Catholic. Our community takes part in daily prayer, Mass, and spiritual retreats on a regular basis, and we ask that our MissionCorps and staff discern their comfort level with this environment.
Are there costs associated with applying/serving?
MissionCorps and Summer Immersion volunteers are responsible for traveling to and from their placements. If you are placed in a home outside of Arizona, you are responsible for traveling to Arizona for training, and Maggie’s Place will pay for your travel to your placement after training. There is no cost to apply and there are no fundraising requirements.
How do I handle my college loans?
Forbearance or deferment are available for most federally guaranteed student loans. Contact your lender for more information. Maggie’s Place is happy to provide any forms or letters required to prove your status as a full-time volunteer.
Will I have health insurance?
Maggie’s Place offers health insurance to all full-year MissionCorps.
What are the financial arrangements during the year of service/will I be paid? What are the other benefits?
MissionCorps and Summer Immersion volunteers are responsible for traveling to and from their placement. MissionCorps receive a monthly living stipend of $550 gross during their first year of service, and are provided free room and board. Summer Immersion volunteers receive a stipend for the summer. Because we recognize the importance of nourishing our mental health and emotional resilience, we offer individual counseling twice a month as well as group counseling once a month. Other benefits include:
- Gym membership reimbursement
- Health Insurance (for MissionCorps only)
- 24 vacation days per year of service (for MissionCorps only)
- One weekly day off
- Optional personal retreat days (for MissionCorps only)
- Access to community vehicles
- Regular professional training
- Regular spiritual formation
- A chapel in each home
- Dynamic community life
What will my schedule be like? Will I have vacation time?
MissionCorps and Summer Immersion volunteers receive one day and two nights off per week (the same day each week) and are expected to take approximately 10 hours of personal time a week in addition to their regular day off and vacation time, keeping the needs of their home in mind. MissionCorps are also allotted 3 personal retreat days a year in addition to two community retreats per year hosted by Maggie’s Place.
How simply will I be living?
The Maggie’s Place houses of hospitality were created in the spirit of the Catholic Worker tradition of Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin as an expression of their faith. One of the core values of Maggie’s Place is community, part of which focuses on a commitment to simple living and solidarity. This means that we believe in the importance of learning from those whom we serve, balancing individual needs with the common good, embracing a lifestyle of simplicity and being good stewards of what we are given, and practicing a preferential option for the poor by putting the needs of the poor and vulnerable first.
MissionCorps and Summer Immersion volunteers have their basic needs taken care of, and are encouraged to focus on their commitment to our mission and connecting with others during their service.
Should I bring my laptop/cellphone/etc?
Each home is equipped with laptops and other supplies for MissionCorps use so it is not necessary for you to bring a personal laptop, however you are welcome to bring any personal electronics you wish. Maggie’s Place does not reimburse for cell phones.
Is there a lot of crime in the neighborhoods? What are the houses like?
Maggie’s Place homes are homes in neighborhoods in the Phoenix area and Parma, OH. We like to call them homes of hospitality as opposed to shelters because our goal is to create a safe, home environment for our moms and because Maggie’s Place is a place that our moms are a part of for the rest of their lives thanks to the Moms’ Outreach Center. A big part of this goal is the MissionCorps, who devote their time to building a strong community in the homes.
Our Arizona homes are located in central Phoenix, Tempe, Glendale, and Mesa, and our home in Ohio is located in Parma. We keep the exact addresses private to protect the privacy of the moms and MissionCorps who live there.
Each home is in touch with their neighborhood’s regular police officer on patrol. To protect the safety of the community, Maggie’s Place is not able to serve moms who are in active danger in the homes.
How is Maggie’s Place different from other service programs?
In our Maggie’s Place homes, we incorporate a unique approach. We live in community, our moms and MissionCorps sharing a home and living life alongside one another. We are founded on the Catholic social teaching that we are responsible to and for one another, and our service flows from a distinct Catholic faith tradition. We are continually working to improve and to live out our core values of love, hospitality, community, and excellence in better ways each day. We live in solidarity with the women we serve, and each member of the community, regardless of their role, is changed profoundly by the experience. In this way, Maggie’s Place not only provides for the physical and emotional needs of the pregnant women who are our guests, but also encourages the growth of its MissionCorps, donors, and volunteers.
What is a day in the life like?
Every day is different in the life of a MissionCorps, as the nature of our work and the foundation of our service is in humility and flexibility. Most MissionCorps will be scheduled in their homes for 2-3 duty shifts a week, during which they are responsible for providing hospitality to visitors, responding to emergencies, and meeting the needs of the moms; beyond that, Corps are generally expected to be responsible for their own schedule and practice good time management. In any given week, MissionCorps will have a Corps meeting, community night, a training or formation, duty shifts, position responsibilities and 1-2 contact meetings with their contact moms.
At Maggie’s Place we often talk about the “duty of the moment” — which means we expect our staff and MissionCorps to be open and flexible to rising up to the needs of the moment and serving Christ in others, even if this means changing our plans or interrupting our work. This might mean taking a mom to the hospital in the middle of the night, holding a baby while a mom takes a shower or rests, accepting a large donation at an inconvenient time or any other of a wide variety of things. These are all opportunities for us to practice charity, compassion and humility.
Can my family and friends visit? Call me?
Yes! MissionCorps often invite family and friends to visit and share in their experiences of life at Maggie’s Place. While MissionCorps are expected to immerse themselves into the community at Maggie’s Place, we also recognize that keeping in touch with family and friends is important and necessary to stay healthy.
What are the positions? What will I be doing?
There are a variety of different positions that different MissionCorps in each home are responsible for in order to keep the homes running smoothly. Each position requires sending and responding to emails promptly, communicating with the Corps at other homes, and balancing working with people with completing tasks. As a Corps Member, you will likely be interrupted often by the duty of the moment, and there will be some times of the year that are busier than others.
- Volunteer Coordinator – responsible for recruiting, training, scheduling, supervising and retaining volunteers in their home. This position requires a mix of working with people and completing administrative tasks. Our volunteers are the heart of our mission, and it is the Volunteer Coordinator’s responsibility to bridge the gap between our homes and our volunteers.
- Donations Coordinator – responsible for sorting, maintaining, and distributing donations in their home, and maintaining the needs list. This position requires spending a lot of time outdoors and doing the manual work of sorting through donations almost daily. The Donations Coordinator is responsible for ensuring that the material needs of the home are met, while countering an attitude of entitlement in the moms and the inner groans of the Corps when more donations are dropped off at inconvenient times. We couldn’t do the work we do without the support of our donors, and it is partly the Donations Coordinator’s responsibility to make sure our donors are properly thanked and that we are being good stewards of what we are given. This person should be skilled at organizing and seeing the big picture.
- Programs Coordinator – responsible for coordinating the programs Maggie’s Place provides for current moms. This position requires being able to stay on top of a lot of tasks at once including a lot of paperwork and crafts! The Program Coordinator is responsible for everything from coordinating moms’ attendance at classes offered at Fiat to scheduling appointments for our moms through our partner agencies to coordinating Community Night speakers every Monday night. She is also responsible for making sure the home shows hospitality to new and current moms, visitors and other MissionCorps.
- House Operations Coordinator – responsible for making sure the physical needs of the house are being met. Some tasks that the House Ops Coordinator is responsible for include vehicle upkeep, grocery shopping for the community and coordinating the weekly chore chart.
- House Manager – responsible for supervising the other Corps in her home and maintaining the big picture needs of the house. This is a leadership position and is generally only offered to Corps in their second year of service. The House Manager is responsible for showing leadership in tough situations, providing regular supervision of her Corps through check ins, filling any gaps, coordinating contact mom/contact person relationships, and making sure her Corps are completing their responsibilities. This person should have strong people skills and be willing to fill gaps as needed.
Summer Immersion volunteers assist the Donations Coordinator and House Operations Coordinator during their weeks of service.
What does training look like?
Much of the MissionCorps position is learn-as-you-go, but all new MissionCorps receive a week of training together at the beginning of their year of service. New Corps Training is a good way to bond with your fellow Corps, learn Maggie’s Place philosophy and policy and adjust to life in the homes. During training you will be living at your assigned home and attending training during the day at The Fiat House. You will have plenty of opportunities to build community with the moms and other Corps, meet the staff at Fiat, and ask any questions you may have. After New Corps Training, you will return to your home full time, where you will receive training on your specific position, shadow contact meetings, and shadow being on duty until you are comfortable taking on your new roles by yourself.
Maggie’s Place is structured so that you will receive supervisory meetings every 4-6 weeks, which are a chance for you to check in with the Regional Director about how things are going, and written reviews once a quarter, which are a chance for the Regional Director to provide you with feedback. You will also check in regularly with your House Manager.
MissionCorps who recommit for a second year are offered the chance to discern a leadership position. If accepted you will participate in a 10-week leadership training course developed by Maggie’s Place for our MissionCorps in leadership positions.
Is Maggie’s Place pro-life? Do I have to be pro-life?
While we recognize the value of ministries that oppose abortion using legal or political means, the work of Maggie’s Place is not a legal or political endeavor. As such, we choose to avoid using charged or political language. Although subtle in its language, Maggie’s Place is unflinchingly “pro-life” in its actions. We extend a welcoming environment to women who have chosen abortion in the past or who are undecided about the future of their pregnancy. We celebrate the joy of pregnancy even if the related circumstances are painful, complicated, or not ideal. Maggie’s Place builds a culture of life by providing a life-giving option and proclaiming the inherent dignity that women and mothers possess.
We ask that applicants, no matter their personal beliefs, be comfortable upholding these values.
What is Maggie’s Place’s stance on contraception?
Maggie’s Place teaches chastity, fertility awareness, and healthy relationships rather than elements of the contraceptive mindset. We celebrate incremental steps toward these ideas and methods and pray for strength to model a sexual life ordered according to God’s vision.
What do most Corps do after Maggie’s Place?
Life as a MissionCorps Member is great preparation for any vocation. Many of our alumni staff and Corps are now married or have entered religious communities. Many of the current staff at The Fiat House Moms’ Outreach Center are former MissionCorps. The MissionCorps come from a variety of backgrounds, college degrees, and locations across the country, and enter a variety of workplaces after their year(s) of service.
MissionCorps experience a lot of personal growth during their service, including leadership skills, assertiveness, good communication, professional skills, public speaking, working on a team, humble service, motivational interviewing, showing a preferential option to the poor, awareness of social justice issues (especially being “in the trenches”), caring for infants, parenting skills, and more.
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