Giving Back

I LOVE to do volunteer work. Most of my day is spent in volunteering right here in my own home as a cook, taxi service, tutor, cleaning service etc. But I still found that I have some extra time that I can give to others outside of my home. So, this year, in addition to the time my daughter, Shantel, and I spend cuddling cats at the Humane Society, Shantel and I are also going to volunteer at Maggie’s Place.

Maggie’s Place is a community that provides houses of hospitality for expectant woman who wish to achieve their goals in a dignified and welcoming atmosphere following Catholic social teachings. Maggie’s Place provides for the immediate physical and emotional needs of the mothers including shelter, food, clothing and a supportive community. Some of the women that come to Maggie’s Place are from abusive relationships, recovering from drugs, have low self-esteem, little or no formal education and little or no work experience. They are offered hope, encouragement and put in touch with other agencies that can help them begin a new life by helping them achieve an educational plan, learn job skills and in some cases, obtain low-income housing.

Women can join Maggie’s Place at any point in their pregnancy and stay until the child is at least six months old. The women that are parenting or placing their child with an adoptive family are welcome. They must be at least 18 years old, but unfortunately Maggie’s Place cannot assist women with other dependent children in their care.

I have many passions but helping those that cannot help themselves is a very high priority for me. So now that I do have more time to give, I am going to follow my passions in ways I have not been able to do before. I love babies and believe I have so much to give to the mothers and babies we will meet at Maggie’s Place. Being the adoptive mother of two daughters, I know I can help young girls who are considering placing their babies up for adoption. I also know Shantel will be an inspiration to the young girls at Maggie’s Place. When they see how well Shantel has managed her life, and how focused she is on her education, perhaps they will be inspired and motivated enough to take the steps they need to take to turn their lives around.

Shantel and I will need to complete a training course and have a complete background check and finger prints taken prior to working at Maggie’s Place. We are awaiting a call now to have that scheduled. More on Maggie’s Place in future posts.

Another deep passion of mine is my Catholic faith. I am always looking for ways I can give of myself to our church. In addition to attending Sunday Mass, I also look forward to my committed hour of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament every Monday from 11:00 a.m – 12:00 noon, but that gives me so much pleasure and enjoyment that I don’t feel like I’m really “giving” of myself to the church. So, imagine my pure delight when I read the following in the Sunday bulletin” Do you like to cook? St. Anne’s has a wonderful stewardship opportunity that we would like to share with you…bringing an evening meal for our two parish priests. They like anything, are light eaters, and request no deserts. If you are interested, please sign up to bring a meal for our priests each week”. Wow, what a perfect stewardship for me…I love to cook, it’s another of my passions…so I signed up straight away and I am now officially one of the cooks for our parish priests. I already have menus planned out for months into the new year! More on this new adventure as time goes by.

I hope you are all enjoying this beautiful Christmas Season.

Stay Tuned

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. gotham girl
    Dec 18, 2012 @ 19:41:12

    You are BEYOND amazing! Oh and I so love the idea of involving Shantel with Maggie’s Place. These girls will be so blown away by her! Perhaps I can go visit with you while I’m there and take photos of their children for them! But then if there’s lots of paperwork it may be too much? We can chat! Love this and YOU!


  2. Ellen Kaufman
    Dec 18, 2012 @ 20:28:57

    That is such a wonderful organization for women. I know you and Shantel will enjoy doing your time there sharing your experiences and helping others get through their problems. They will be blessed to have you guys. The cook thing sounds like a great way to feed the priest. That would be excellent for all parishes to do that for their priest. I am sure they will enjoy each and every meal you prepare for them. Excellent new ways to be fullfilled and pay forward in the New Year. Love you guys.


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