A recent conversation with Laura Magruder, CEO, gives us a deeper insight into what will make a good 2018 for moms and babies at Maggie’s Place. Topping Laura’s list are, “Value, dignity, respect and love.”
“The whole purpose of our work is to save and change lives and with our staff, volunteers, board of directors and all those who participate, we look forward to accomplishing that and more in the New Year.”
Of course, it can’t happen without donors, partners, corporate support and the aid of a dedicated community. At the Family Resource Center, Maggie’s Place is experiencing huge growth. That means more moms get much needed resources including classes and ever-expanding programs aimed at success.
“Programs, expanding our donors and volunteers and continuing our reach out to our moms in Ohio make up Laura’s list of goals.
Creating programs that are new and innovative is key. Programs are trauma informed and take into account the life experiences of our moms and children. Over 4,190 services were offered in 2017, affecting 479 lives. Programs include educational classes, evidence-based parenting seminars, developmental screening, healthy relationships, financial literacy, addiction, counseling and job readiness.
Another 2018 objective is to expand our family of donors and volunteers. That means you. We don’t run successfully without your help. Bring friends to our fundraisers. Talk to your philanthropic communities and introduce them to the wonderful world that is Maggie’s Place. Maggie’s Place was founded by a small group of volunteers. Let’s keep that spirit alive.
“We want to see results, of course. But we want to see results with love and compassion,” Laura adds.
Blockbuster results this year would include some of the items on the Maggie’s Place Wish List.
Program Director Julie Carlberg says, “We are always in need of diapers, wipes, household items, food, meals for classes, catering for events and grocery gift cards.”
Things to do and time for fun also make the list. Tickets for movie theaters, nail polish, makeup, bus passes and museum entry are good. Big-ticket items include funding scholarships, uniforms for work, daycare expenses, GED tests, interview clothes and cars—a huge need.
It’s a lot to accomplish but, in the spirit of the small band of volunteers that opened the doors at Maggie’s Place, we can do it.
Happy New Year.