One of my most meaningful experiences in my role at Magdalene St Louis actually happened in Nashville.
We are modeled after the residential program of Thistle Farms which has existed for some time now. Some other people involved in establishing a community here went with me to learn from the staff and graduates there. We had meetings with their founder, clinicians, and volunteers. Then we spent time in one of the main homes with the current residents. We were able to have conversations with them about how they came to Magdalene, what it means to them, and how it works. The women gave us a tour, shared pictures, and gave us gifts.
This experience was so meaningful because it gave me my first glimpse of what we would soon have in St. Louis. We have been working so long to open the doors of our renovated house. This experience reminded us why our task is so important. It gave us a view into the future of how things would be when we have women engaged in a healthy community. And lastly, it brought to reality this picture I had been envisioning of Magdalene.
This real life experience was even more powerful, beautiful, and meaningful than anything I could imagine. This memory connects me with the sisters in Nashville as we are now open and trying our best to daily show how love heals.