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…
AmeriCorps – More Info
What's It Like To Be An AmeriCorps?
Meet our Current AmeriCorps
Position: Volunteer Coordinator & co-Donations Coordinator
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.
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.