From the miracles that we get to witness in clients, to the love and hope our volunteers bring to Maggie’s every day (with a smile on their face!), to the financial support that keeps our doors open – there is so much to be grateful for at The Magdalen House. And, without a doubt, tears of gratitude are shed nearly every day (if you know Lisa, you know this is a not an exaggeration) by our staff, by our volunteers, and by our clients.

With today being World Gratitude Day, we wanted to take a moment to share about the things that we are grateful for. We are all incredibly grateful to work at The Magdalen House, but here’s a little bit more from each of us.

Lisa Kroencke, Executive Director

I am grateful today for my family.

After being torn apart by the disease of alcoholism, today our family is stronger than EVER before.  This experience created a bond cannot be broken. Together we work as a team: forgive, love, confide, console, and we laugh – a lot. It is a beautiful thing to be a part of; it gives us reason to belong to something bigger than ourselves.

Ashleigh Castleberry, Program Coordinator

I’m grateful for all the things. I’ve been sitting here trying to find the perfect combination of words to express my gratitude for life today. I no longer consistently live in fear, anxiety and depression. Grateful to us able to use things that once brought shame to now help others. Grateful for the most dependable and loving people currently in my life.  I’m grateful for the freedom I have today. I’m truly thankful for being on the other side.

Chloe Cramer, Director of Social Detox

Here are some things I am grateful for: my family, my sweet little cozy home with it’s big front porch, my fellowship of women, my dog (Nacho), strong coffee, and God’s unending grace.

Ainsley David, Director of Outreach

Today I am grateful for my family! I get to be a mom, a fiancé, a daughter, a sister and an aunt. My family are my biggest supporters and I wouldn’t be who I am without them. 

Nina Herndon, Director of Communications

I am grateful for a life that is far beyond anything I could have ever imagined for myself. I am grateful for my health and for the ability to be present in my life today. And I am grateful for all the love that I get to experience.

Teresa Hollingsworth, Program Coordinator

I am grateful for the mistakes I have made. If I never made any mistakes in life, I would have missed out on a lot of the most valuable lessons that I learned from them. It is our most difficult situations that teach us the most. I can choose to view the pain of these situations as a blessing or a curse.

I am grateful for God’s Grace and mercy. I am grateful for a family who loves and supports me.  I can’t imagine going through life without them. I am grateful for this life of mine. I am grateful that there are new days. I am grateful that I am alive. I am grateful for my spiritual life.

Rosalind Jones, Program Coordinator

I am grateful for real connections, with real people. I am grateful for any opportunity to be present and alive.

Lauren McElroy, Director of Development

I am grateful for Sunday Night Family Dinners that my parents host each week. There’s nothing quite like a home cooked meal surrounded by family. It’s the best way to start the week.

Page O’Connor, Peer Recovery Program Manager

I am grateful for all of the meaningful relationships in my life today.

Susie O’Hara, Director of Operations

I am grateful for faith and for friends and family that encourage me in it!

Kate Richter, Development Coordinator

I am incredibly grateful for my family. Throughout my life, no matter how big or crazy my dreams and plans have been, my entire family has always rallied around me as my biggest cheerleaders and champions. Without their support, love guidance and discernment, I would not be the woman I am today.

Mary Shuford, Capital Campaign Director

I am grateful for my family- I have 3 built in best friends as older sisters and parents who are wildly supportive of my recovery. I am so grateful to have a job that I love that challenges me both professionally and personally! I am also so grateful to have an amazing community of friends in recovery that I get to enjoy life with!

Taylor Stokes, Volunteer Program Coordinator

I am grateful for the new relationship I have with my Mother. God has done wonders in restoring that and I couldn’t be more grateful for what He has done in my life.

Rachele Walters, Program Coordinator

I’m grateful for my loving husband, thriving children- living their best lives and my sister who is over a year sober and my nephew who is almost two years old that lives with us. I’m grateful for my job and co-workers and for the friends I have made along this journey. I am so grateful for recovery and life in general. I am thankful for my church family and most of all God!