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AmeriCorps – More Info

What's It Like To Be An AmeriCorps?

What Is Reunification?

Reunification is a word used a lot at Maggie’s Place. But what is it, and why do we work to make it happen? Reunification is the process of getting a family safely back together after children have been placed in the foster care system. Foster care refers to situations where the State has custody of…

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The Next Step

Do you ever wonder what happens as moms make their way through Maggie’s Place? Most of our mothers go on to do great work in addition to taking care of themselves and their children. Mercides, who gave birth to twins just nine months ago, is now a peer mentor in the fight against the opioid…

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My Job Is To Love This Person

“My job is to love this person,” says Natalie, an AmeriCorps member at The Elizabeth House. She is reflecting on her year of service, its’ meaning, its’ heartbreak and lessons learned. Natalie joined with fellow Corps member Christina for a podcast mini-series featuring moms and AmeriCorps members from each of the Maggies’ Place homes. “No…

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Thoughts From The Michael House…

by Stephanie Chavoya There is no greater love than a mother’s love for her child. As cliche as it sounds, I have been given that love from my own mother and witness it everyday living at The Magdalene and Michael homes.   When I committed to a year of service with Maggie’s Place, I honestly…

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Letter to A New Corps Member

Our AmeriCorps members, the ladies who live in Maggie’s Place homes with our moms and babies, are nothing if not resourceful, compassionate, loving and strong. As we are in recruitment season for next year, Natalie, a current Corps member, shares some thoughts for new incoming Corps members. Read along…   Dear New Corps Member: I…

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Meet our Current AmeriCorps

Claire Hoslet

The Magdalene House
Start Date: She’s here already 🙂
House Placement: Magdalene
Position: HM & AmeriCorps Team Leader
Age: 23
Hometown: Green Bay, WI
School and Major: Benedictine College, majored in Evangelization & Catechesis with minors in Secondary Ed and Business Admin
A good book you’ve read lately: Trauma Stewardship
Fun fact about you: My dad’s parents and all of his siblings live within 5 miles of each other in Green Bay.
What brought you to Maggie’s Place for a second year? I decided to stay another year because I had this strong feeling that my time here is not over yet. Last year, I made some lifelong friends in the Corps who served alongside me and I can’t wait to meet the new Corps. I have learned many things from the moms I lived with and the staff I’ve worked with, and I have plenty more to learn. I’m excited to be here another year and can’t wait to see what this new year has in store for me!

Carina Greico

The Magdalene House
Start Date: 7/24
House Placement: Magdalene
Position: Volunteer & Programs Coordinator
Age: 21
Hometown: Addison, IL
School and Major: Loyola University Chicago, Degrees in Psychology and Theology with a minor in Catholic Studies
A good book you’ve read lately: I’m currently reading Story of a Soul!
Fun fact about you: I have traveled to 11 different countries!
What brought you to Maggie’s Place? I really enjoy service and am passionate about helping others, specifically single mothers. Maggie’s Place seemed to fit right into the path that God has been leading me, so I decided to take a leap of faith!

Erin Grim

The Elizabeth & Hannah House
Start Date: 8/1
House Placement: Hannah & Elizabeth
Position: AmeriCorps Team Leader

McKenzie Stine

The Michael House
Start Date: 7/10
House Placement: Michael
Position: HM & Volunteer Coordinator
Age: 22
Hometown: Clinton, OH
School and Major: John Carroll University, Cell and Molecular Biology
A good book you’ve read lately: The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo
Fun fact about you: I have been sky diving
What brought you to Maggie’s Place? I am currently on a journey of self-discovery and growth. I am extremely interested in women’s health and feel that Maggie’s Place will challenge me and give me space to question and develop as a person.

Daisy Oceguera

The Michael House
Start Date: 8/1
House Placement: Michael
Position: Programs Coordinator
Age: 22
Hometown: Aurora, IL
School and Major: Marquette University Class of 2019 with a double major in Biochemistry and Spanish
A good book you’ve read lately: Just finished Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult and it was AMAZING
Fun fact about you: I love wearing flowers in my hair
What brought you to Maggie’s Place? wanting to do a year of service in something I was passionate about before going to graduate school

Kierra Jackson

The Michael House
Start Date: 7/1
House Placement: Michael
Position: DHOPs Coordinator
Age: 23
Hometown: Peoria, AZ
School and Major: University of Arizona, Psychological Sciences
A good book you’ve read lately: Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
Fun fact about you: I really like to draw! It’s quite relaxing when I have time to do it.
What brought you to Maggie’s Place? I found it through an AmeriCorps email, looked into the organization and was impressed by the serve that Maggie’s Place provides.

Lara Von

The Hannah House
Start Date: September 2nd
Position: Live-Out Support Staff
Age: 50
Hometown: Scottsdale, AZ
School and Major: BSEd from Mercer University, Certified Doula and owner of Baby Love Professional Doula Services
A good book you’ve read lately: The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
Fun fact about you: I just finished traveling for 10 months across this beautiful country.
What brought you to Maggie’s Place? My first year of service here was incredible. This is my home, the place where I can live and love freely and fully. I’m thrilled to be back!

Rosemary Krenek

The Hannah House
Start Date: 8/6
House Placement: Hannah
Position: Programs Coordinator
Age: 22
Hometown: Wharton, TX
School and Major: Sam Houston State University- Music Therapy
A good book you’ve read lately: The Screwtape Letters
Fun fact about you: I am an amateur songwriter in my free time and can play multiple instruments. (I also love puns, so beware)
What brought you to Maggie’s Place? I felt a call to love and serve humbly before starting a career as a music therapist. My desire to love (and a passion for holding babies) eventually led me down a road that is taking me to Maggie’s Place.

Susan Roth

The Hannah House
Start Date: 7/1
House Placement: Hannah
Position: HM & Volunteer Coordinator
Age: 21
Hometown: Ste. Genevieve, Missouri
School and Major: Benedictine College, Psychology and Theology
A good book you’ve read lately: I like romantic comedies so I just finished “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” and I also like Brant Pitre’s books, “Jesus the Bridegroom” in particular
Fun fact about you:  I have a vlog on youtube – it started out as a joke with my school friends where I would just pull out my phone to film fun moments, but now I have over 70 videos posted on youtube that consist of me capturing happy and significant moments within the past two years.
What brought you to Maggie’s Place? A friend from school recommended it to me and I’ve only heard good things about this ministry. I’ve also known that I wanted to serve somewhere for a year after I graduated and everything with Maggie’s Place lined up!

Gianna Uson

The Zechariah House
Start Date: 8/14
Position: Volunteer Coordinator
Age: 23
Hometown: Baguio City, Philippines / Hayward, CA
School and Major: Brown University, Computer Science
A good book you’ve read lately: A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
Fun fact about you: I don’t drink coffee, but I am an avid tea-drinker. Matcha is my absolute favorite.
What brought you to Maggie’s Place? Late-night social media scrolling, a reminder of how much I have been blessed with, a call to love those who need it most, and a desire to dedicate a fragment of my 20s to make an unquantifiable lasting impact.

Alice Zhang

The Zechariah House
Start Date: 9/4
Position: House Operations Coordinator
Age: 22
Hometown: Mason, OH
School and Major: Scripps College, Art major CS minor
A good book you’ve read lately: Heartstopper by Alice Oseman (it’s also a webcomic!)
Fun fact about you: I once created a 1.5 hour-long playlist purely made of songs about Ohio. And I actually listen to it!
What brought you to Maggie’s Place? The spirit of embracing change, making impactful change, and also a good kick of post-grad soul-searching.

Sheryl Matney

The Zechariah House
Start Date: 8/27
Position: Donations Coordinator
Age: 53
Hometown: Coronado, CA
A good book you’ve read lately: “So Maybe You Should Talk to Someone”
Fun fact about you: I recently published a book
What brought you to Maggie’s Place? I became an “empty nester”, wanted to serve others, wanted to change my environment in a purposeful way.

Amy Mansfield

The Elizabeth House
Start Date: 7/25
House Placement: Elizabeth
Position: HM & Volunteer Coordinator
Age: 22 (but I’ll be 23 and 6 days by the time I move in!)
Hometown: Pekin, IL
School and Major: University of Notre Dame, Gender Studies and Psychology
A good book you’ve read lately: The Hate U Give and currently rereading the Harry Potter series!
Fun fact about you: I worked for a minor league baseball team for three summers where I danced on dugouts and sometimes wore a giant corn costume, I love summer camps, and my siblings call me Yam!
What brought you to Maggie’s Place? My desire to work with and surround myself with strong individuals, my love of building relationships and fostering human connections, and the excitement of moving out of the Midwest for the first time in my life!!

Abby Gray

The Elizabeth House
Start Date: 8/1
House Placement: Elizabeth
Position: Programs Coordinator
Age: 19
Hometown: Columbus, OH
School and Major: OSU and currently I’m in marketing but I’m most likely switching
A good book you’ve read lately: The Hate U Give
Fun fact about you: I’ve worked as a summer camp counselor the past two summers
What brought you to Maggie’s Place? When searching for an opportunity to take a year off of college to do service I genuinely loved/was drawn to the mission and values at Maggie’s Place. I’m super excited to be here!

Felicia Matz

The Elizabeth House
Start Date: August 2nd
Position: Live-Out Support Staff
Age: 49 about to turn 50!
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
School and Major: UCLA, BA International Development Studies, Minor Women’s Studies
A good book you’ve read lately: White, Bret Easton Ellis
Fun fact about you: I speak fluent French and used it to  work with Congolese refugees in a refugee camp in Kala, Zambia.
What brought you to Maggie’s Place? The desire to be of service and apply for the MSW program at ASU

Keri Sullivan

The Elizabeth House
Start Date: 9/1

Position: Volunteer Coordinator & co-Donations Coordinator
Age: 25
Hometown: Naperville, Il
School and Major: Creighton University, Journalism-Public Relations
A good book you’ve read lately: Currently reading Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship, by Fr. Greg Boyle
Fun fact about you: If I had to pick one food to eat every day for the rest of my life, it would definitely be Hershey’s Kisses. I even dressed up as one for Halloween last year. And who knows, it may be making an appearance this year too!
What brought you to Maggie’s Place? The desire to learn and grow from everyone that makes up the Maggie’s Place community. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to live and work in a community focused on supporting and building up others.

Susan Milde

The Zechariah House
Start Date: 10/1

Position: Volunteer
Age: 57
Hometown: I grew up in Shaker Heights, but now live in Chagrin Falls with my mother and my daughter.
School and Major: Asian studies at Dartmouth a LONG time ago, then an M.A. in English for TESL, and an M.Div. from a Unitarian seminary for lay ministry
A good book you’ve read lately: Being Mortal: medicine and what matters in the end, by Atul Gawande
Fun fact about you: I’ve lived in 5 continents and 9 countries, 7 of them with my daughter. (I was a teacher.)
What brought you to Maggie’s Place? My daughter and I returned to the United States 3 years ago, when my mom had a bad fall and needed help. It’s been a rather bumpy settling in here, but it’s also opened a window of time when I can look to do worthwhile service, with less pressure to support myself, since we are here with my mom. I looked to Americorps and especially anything working with kids, but when Laura told me about Maggie’s Place, I LOVED the chance to do anything to support women as well. I was a single mom since my daughter was 3. I definitely do not know all the challenges women here face having children, but I want to learn, and I want to help in any way I can. I am also really excited about the aspect of intentional community, even though I will have to serve as a live-out corps member.