Magdalene House West became a reality in 2019 due primarily to the hard work of Deacon Gay Romack and the 501c3 Bridges Re-entry organization that she established. Based on the model created by Rev. Becca Stevens, the founder of Thistle Farms, Magdalene House West currently has a full contingent of six female residents. These women must complete a stringent qualification process and commit to remaining at the house for at least two years. During that time they will receive mentoring, job training, counseling, and learn how to function in society once again. The house is located in Avondale and volunteers to assist with the various programs are needed. Donations can be made online at www.bridgesreentry.org.
In order to conserve much needed funds, we are hoping that churches throughout the Diocese will consider hosting a Hygiene Drive for Magdalene House during Prison Awareness Month. Click HERE to download a flyer to help promote the event. Items needed are scented soaps, lotions and shampoo as well as tampons and feminine deodorant. Parishioners could drop off bagged hygiene items at the church office and at the end September, your priest or administrator would contact Deacon Gay Romack to arrange for pickup.
Together we can make a difference in the lives of those returning to society!