Today we are delighted to introduce you to our Chair-Elect, Tina Shuey, who has generously served on The Magdalen House Board of Directors for six years. Tina is a Social Detox alumna who joined the Board in 2015, served as Treasurer for one year, and then Programs Chair for five years, where she helped restructure and also provide support for Maggie’s Women Group. As Chair-Elect, she is looking forward to working alongside the Board Chair in formalizing board processes and procedures, aiding in expanding the board, and supporting our agency as we move into our new home at 4513 Gaston Avenue.
1. What moved you to serve on The Magdalen House Board of Directors?
In 2012, a woman at The Magdalen House shared with me the definition of alcoholism. Until that moment, I had no idea what was wrong with me, much less that there was a solution. On that day, on the front porch of Maggie’s, I vowed to do everything I could to educate women on the disease and solution for alcoholism. And in that commitment, God has led me to be of service as a board member. This opportunity allows me to advocate for The Magdalen House and create and support strategies for reaching and serving more alcoholic women.
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2. What is something that you are excited about for The Magdalen House?
I am excited at the likelihood of educating more alcoholics and family members since the pandemic forced the agency to move all meetings to a virtual platform. Before the pandemic, all meetings were held in person at the agency. But now, our meetings are online, which means women and families can access Maggie’s resources from anywhere, therefore widening the net of our reach. This is a small step towards educating more women and removing the veil of shame that is typically the reaction when someone even hears the word “alcoholic.”
3. Tell us about something inspiring or moving that you’ve witnessed in your time serving?
Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been amazing to watch the agency buckle down and pivot on so many levels. From our dedicated staff working tirelessly to put in, and follow, protocols to keep the doors open for our Social Detox clients (only having to close once) to our indescribably loyal and dedicated volunteers – always showing up with their time and dropping off donated meals and other needs. And, also, our amazing donors! We couldn’t have done any of it without our donors, whose donations help us keep the agency’s doors open and allow us to offer our resources free of charge to our clients.
4. What is your favorite line in the Big Book, and why?
Oh gosh, it is truly hard to pick just one. But the one I practice regularly would be:
“As we go through the day we pause, when agitated or doubtful, and ask for the right thought or action.” (Page 87)
This quote reminds me that when I pause and get out of the way, God gets in there and truly shines his light with understanding and grace. Life’s pressures can give make us think we always need to know the answer, but through the practice of pausing, I’ve experienced some of my biggest growth. I also love this process since it can be done anywhere, anytime.
5. Who or what inspires you?
My family inspires me. Alcoholism changes families and mine was no different. But through the healing process, I have witnessed my kids become caring and compassionate humans, always extending a hand to help others. And Laurie is involved with our Family Support Group, providing education and experience to help anyone who loves an alcoholic. There is no greater joy than to see my family have a purpose and helping others.
6. Besides volunteering for The Magdalen House, what do you enjoy doing in your free time?
In my free time, I love to constantly expand my mind and grow through education and reading. Also, our two teenagers, three dogs, and new grand cat keep us on our toes!
Read More from Tina: Help a Mom Recover: Tina’s Story
About Tina Shuey
Tina Shuey is a Board Member and serves as the Chair-Elect for The Magdalen House. An alumna of the Social Detox program, her passion is to be an example of hope for recovery to women who are still suffering from untreated alcoholism. In her work with Maggie’s Women’s Group, she helps keep new women connected to Maggie’s through programs, service work, and community involvement. Maggie’s House provided her with the tools she needed to start a new life and she credits her involvement in Maggie’s Women’s Group as a cornerstone of her recovery.
Tina brings over 20 years of marketing and advertising experience. She also volunteers for other organizations, such as Frisco Women’s League and the Housing Crisis Center.