My journey towards Maggie’s Place began in fifth grade when one of my teachers told my class about a year of service she completed in Alaska with a Catholic volunteer program. As an 11 year old girl, her story of serving others and growing in her faith through a year of service stirred my heart. […]
MissionCorps like to tell whoever will listen that Maggie’s Place is like a family. The Corps and moms live, grow, suffer, and rejoice together. They are there for every up and down in life. Sometimes, they know more about each other’s current lives than their parents, siblings, or friends. They celebrate birthdays, sobriety anniversaries, births, […]
A few months ago, I received the biggest compliment of my life. After inquiring about my long To-Do list and overwhelmed feelings, my fellow staff member simply listened and then thanked me for my human-ness. I sat there looking stupidly at her, thinking, “That’s not something to be proud of,” as if my own humanity were a disease from which to run and hide. Are weakness and limitations beneficial and praiseworthy qualities? Since I’ve had some time to reflect on this, I now realize that my own humanity, as well as that of others, is something which I’ve had the privilege of encountering here at Maggie’s Place.
A couple of weeks ago I was blessed with the opportunity to attend a talk with our moms by a pastor from a local church. At one point during his talk he asked the mothers about their lives. They courageously shared their hardships, troubles, and some shared intimate treasures that were stored away in the crevices of their hearts. As each of their stories unfolded, I was struck by the beauty and fortitude of each woman in the room.