If you’ve been following along on our social media or receive our emails, you’ve probably noticed a lot of talk about the Capital Campaign for our new house at 4513 Gaston Ave. About a month ago we sat down with Mary to talk about the project that she’s had to keep a secret since she started working for The Magdalen House back in 2017.

This year, Mary is celebrating 11 years in recovery and we are so grateful to have her on staff. Happy 11 years, Mary!

What has been the biggest gift to you in your recovery?

Thank you! One of the biggest gifts recovery has given me is perspective. For me, being sober and recovered has given me a heightened awareness of the world around me. The ability to see past myself and my point of view has been a really helpful tool.


What would you tell the woman who is newly sober, or still trying to get sober?

What would you tell a woman who is newly sober?

It’s okay to not be okay.

There is space here for you to struggle.

Relapse, while extraordinarily common, is not a prerequisite to long-term sobriety.

Stay connected and show up even when you don’t want to—especially when you don’t want to.


What is your life like today?

My life today is pretty awesome. I mean life is life, sometimes it can be tough! Thankfully I have all that I need today to navigate tough times when they come. God is so big and so good. My life looks so different from what I thought it would 11 years ago—and for that I am immensely grateful. I recently got engaged to an amazing man who I am completely crazy about and who loves me so well. I get to be a daughter, a sister, a friend, and my personal favorite, an aunt to 6 nieces and nephews. While that may seem ordinary to some it is pretty extraordinary to me! Man am I thankful the plans I had for me didn’t work out!

About Mary Shuford

Mary began volunteering at The Magdalen House in 2009. After eight years of volunteer work, she joined The Magdalen House team as a Project Manager and now serves as the Capital Campaign Director. Mary’s personal and professional experience with recovery and fundraising uniquely qualify her for the role as Capital Campaign Director at The Magdalen House. Due to an overflow of gratitude for God’s grace on her life, Mary feels called to serve alcoholic women as they grow in recovery. Mary has a working knowledge of addiction and 12-Step recovery programs and has worked in the recovery industry for over seven years.

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