Maggie’s Place

My daughter, Shantel, and I attended our training session at Maggie’s place this afternoon and accepted our official volunteer schedule for Fridays from 10:00 a.m. -…? We are so excited about getting started because we both truly believe this is something we have been “called” to do…

What can I say about Maggie’s Place..? Well, Maggie’s Place has three houses throughout the Maricopa County, and one in Ohio. Shantel and I will be providing our services at the Elizabeth House, located in Tempe Arizona. The Elizabeth House, is so named after Saint Elizabeth, whose child leaped for joy in her womb, when she welcomed the Virgin Mary, when she came to tell her she was with child with the baby Jesus… Elizabeth House can accommodate up to six pregnant women until they deliver their babies. Once the women deliver their babies, they can continue to live at Elizabeth House with their babies (free of charge) until their baby is six months old.

While the pregnant women are at Elizabeth House, awaiting the delivery of their babies…,they receive counseling on how to parent their children, and/or counseling on adoption services if they choose to place their child up for adoption.

Elizabeth House is officially considered a House of Hospitably, and not a Shelter. It is of the utmost importance that the mother’s- -to- be, do not feel like they are only being provided a “roof over their heads” for a moment in cricis…instead, while the mother’s- to- be- are at Maggie’s Place, Elizabeth House, they are provided every service available to help them get their GED if needed, find employment, and/or housing, learn parenting skills if they are going to parent their babies, and/or receive counseling about placing their babies up for adoption if they choose to give the gift of life to couples who are seeking adoption.

Today, during our official training session, Shantel and I learned what the house rules are for the women living at Elizabeth House. For example: Everyone, both mother’s to-be, and the four full-time staff members who live there are required to be up, dressed, beds made, and ready for the day by 9:00 a.m Monday – Saturday. Sunday is the only day of rest and only day when volunteer’s are not allowed in the house. No TV, or other entertainment devices, are allowed between 9:oo a.m 7:00 p.m Monday – Saturday. The only electronic device allowed is the computer in the “community room” which is like a family room, that the mother’s share for school projects or job search activities. There is always a staff member or volunteer member assigned to the community areas to monitor the usage of the computers….

All the mom’s-to-be and/or moms with babies under six months old, and full-time staff members, prepare their own meals everyday except for Tuesday’s which is considered “community night” when everyone in the house, and volunteer’s who want to join, come together to share a meal, that is most often prepared by a volunteer to share with the group…guess what Shantel signed up for…YEP..Chef Shantel answered the “call to duty” and is all set on ready to make her homemade, seven hour pasta sauce, pasta, garlic bread, greens, and homemade pie with homemade whipped topping just as soon as we have the all clear with our finger prints (in a couple of weeks) and are allowed to be alone in the house without a staff member monitoring us…:)

There are soooooooooooooo many opportunities for both Shantel and I to share our talents at Elizabeth House… I received training today on how to answer the phone…which sounds simple, but keep in mind on the other end of the phone might be a young, pregnant, girl, crying and begging for a bed…, I just hope I remember I am to get her name and number and ask her to call back on Tuesday, because beds open up on Wednesday…,or if it is a real emergency,,, I have emergency shelter numbers I am to provide…I just hope I don’t forget and give her my home number and tell her she can come to my house…because that is NOT part of our training agreement…I hope I remember that in the “heat of the moment”…

I just told my husband, Bill/Bro, this evening, that “sometimes you just know you are being called to service…” and I just know this is what I am being called to service to do….Why, Elizabeth’s House even has a small chapel on the lower level that has a tabernacle which houses my precious Jesus in the Holy Eucharistic…and Mass is said in that little chapel ever week…what more could I need to convince me this is the place for me to be…? As the old saying goes…”Here’s your sign…” I don’t need to get hit upside the head…I BELIEVE!

Stay Tuned!

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ellen Kaufman
    Jan 26, 2013 @ 04:29:10

    That is so nice of you and Shantel to do that and it sounds very interesting. Keep us posted as to how you like it and how that pasta dinner turned out. Wish we lived nearby so we could sample some. Take care and may God bless you and guide you in your new experiences.

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  2. gotham girl
    Jan 26, 2013 @ 15:02:44

    BRAVO to have found your calling! I can’t wait for future stories as I’m sure there will be plenty! You are one of their angels, that’s for sure! xoxo MORE!

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  3. Megs
    Jan 30, 2013 @ 15:04:15

    Yes you are one of the angels for sure! This is a perfect calling for you! Xoxo

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