Church of Mary Magdalene
December 16, 2009
I've been bringing lunch with the ladies from my church for 12 years. This is always a high point for me: we're greeted by staff and church members with offers of help to find the kitchen and the equipment we need. Usually we'll put food in the oven to warm and then join the church members for the worship service. What an unforgettable service it always is: interactive sermons on a theme, with women sharing about abuse, struggling with chemical dependency, their joy in having found this community in which to share the love of God. The hymn singing (often old gospel tunes dear to me) lifts my heart. Lunch is quite a scene with additional guests coming in from on the street. With God's grace we always have enough food despite the fact that we may serve 30-85 women and children. Always there are thanks and signs of gratitude from the guests.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
Providing a place of safety and growth for homeless women.
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
The joy shared with me by the homelss clients.
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
Welcoming, but also very realistic about the needs and challenges of their population.
If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...
Wow. Build a faith-based multi-service agency with showers, work opportunities, permanent housing with all the social and CD support necessary to keep women housed.
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every six months
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Volunteer & served lunch or breakfast.