We met Chloe thanks to her friend and a Social Detox Alumna, who told her that she needed to get involved at The Magdalen House because “God lives at Maggie’s,” and she would “want to be part of the miracles that happen there.”
In July of 2019, Chloe joined the team where she now serves as our Director of Programming. Even though it took her a little while to get here after relocating to Dallas from Austin, we’re really thankful that she’s here.
Chloe, we are so grateful for the leadership, laughter, and love you bring, every day! Happy 28 years!
What has been the biggest gift to you in your recovery?
My recovery has been filled with countless gifts – many times, disguised as painful lessons. I have authentic and meaningful relationships today with friends and family. I work for an organization that I am profoundly grateful for and humbled to be part of. I can show up for people in a consistent and steadfast manner, while also allowing others to support me when I need it. This past year and a half have contained some of the most challenging days within it. But by and large, they have stood as a beautiful demonstration of how, if I just do the simplest of things – trust God, clean house, help others – the details and commotion seem to fall into the most perfect order without my meddling. And, I suppose that is the best gift of all – knowing that the simple kit of spiritual tools which someone laid at my feet years ago still serves me well today – for all of my problems.
What would you tell the woman who is newly sober, or still trying to get sober?
For the woman who is newly sober – or still trying to get and stay sober – I wish I really understood in those early days, how good my life could get. My alcoholic life had truly become the only one I could imagine, and a life of happiness, serenity, and purpose was unimaginable. It took me a long time to realize that I didn’t need to work at achieving those things, or rather to fix all of the messes I came into recovery with. All I had to do was the 12 Steps. And all of the best parts of my life would happen without much effort on my part. It’s really just the simplest thing, though it sure doesn’t seem like it in the moment.
What is your life like today?
The last year and a half have been one of profound change, but through it all, I have had the opportunity to acknowledge the powerful fellowship of strong women who I have in my life today. What an amazing thing – to not have to go through the ups and downs of life alone, but instead have a circle of people who care about me, check in on me, support me, and genuinely want me to succeed. And I, in turn, get to be that person for them as well. I have been given infinitely more than just a life free from alcohol, and I am profoundly grateful for that.
About Chloe Cramer, Director of Programs
Chloe moved to Dallas from Austin two years ago with the parting words from a friend to get involved with Maggie’s House “because that’s where God lives.” Since entering recovery in 1992, Chloe has found working with alcoholic women to be the bright spot in her life, and the constant which has brought meaning and purpose through the years. She has worked in the non-profit and recovery industry for the past two years and couldn’t be more excited to combine her various interests, strengths, and experience to the Director of Programming position at The Magdalen House.