Raeleen had come from a tough past, but she was ready for something more. She was in the midst of working towards regaining custody of her daughter, Marissa, and did not have a stable living situation when she found out she was pregnant. In an effort to take steps towards stability, Raeleen googled “pregnancy homes for women,” which led her to Maggie’s Place.

During her time at Maggie’s Place, Raeleen celebrated one year of sobriety and diligently worked at Subway throughout her pregnancy. Raeleen gave birth to a beautiful baby boy whom she named Dakota. Dakota was born with health complications and Raeleen is tirelessly working to get him the care he needs. Upon leaving Maggie’s Place, Raeleen moved into a transitional housing program and regained custody of her daughter. Currently, she is focused on the health of her son, but she aims to earn her GED in the near future in hopes of becoming a mentor to women who are going through similar situations.

Raeleen says it best, “Maggie’s Place is a community built on other people’s kindness.” With your generosity Maggie’s Place can continue to walk side-by-side with mothers who have nowhere else to turn, and offer the familial support and resources they need to ensure healthy futures for precious children like Marissa and Dakota.

“It is so heartwarming to have this support from people you don’t even know.”