Less than a year after graduating college following a short teaching stint, a job search led Kate to The Magdalen House. She started in January of 2019, and she has been an indispensable part of the team ever since.
Over the last year and a half, Kate has helped with every aspect of development, big and small, including planning and managing last year’s Leave a Legacy Dinner with Mrs. Laura Bush. We are so thankful to have her diligence, attention to detail, and willingness to lend a helping hand wherever needed.
Kate, we are so grateful for your love and uplifting spirit. Happy Birthday!
As a non-alcoholic woman, how do principles of recovery relate to your life?
Before I found my way to The Magdalen House, I had very little understanding of alcoholism and recovery. I knew sobriety was necessary, that there were steps and that meetings factored into the mix somewhere. Now, almost two years later, I can very clearly see how the spiritual principles that women practice around me daily are aligned with the principles and practices I know and try to live out as a person of faith. I am so thankful to work in an environment where women freely extend grace, forgiveness, love, and discipleship.
What has been the biggest blessing in working at Maggie’s?
The biggest blessing is easily the people I have come to know and love. They have a real understanding of values such as selfless service, integrity, and respect, and their hearts are filled with a cause greater than self. They live life with purpose, rely on God in every circumstance, lead by example, and inspire me every day. I have found that people affiliated with Maggie’s all have these things in common, and I can confidently say I am a better daughter, sister, and friend thanks to the people who have come into my life through Maggie’s.
What do you tell people about The Magdalen House when asked where you work?
This is one of my favorite questions to answer. I usually start with our mission statement, “to help women achieve sobriety and sustain recovery from alcoholism at no cost and based on 12-Step spiritual principles,” and our vision statement, “to build a thriving community of recovered women and their families, one woman at a time.” But I can’t (and don’t ever) stop there. I tell them that where I work allows me to use my gifts to help women find freedom from the stronghold of the disease of alcoholism that has held them captive for so long and equips them with tools to sustain lifelong recovery. The Magdalen House provides women with a spark of hope in the darkness. It unites them with a community of recovered alcoholic women to show them they are not alone, that recovery is possible, and that the promises are true. I tell others that hope lives at Maggie’s and that miracles happen here every single day.
About Kate Richter, Development and Special Events Manager
Born and raised a small-town girl, Kate was eager to explore the world and all it had to offer. During her time at Texas A&M University, Kate devoted many hours to raising awareness and funds for child advocacy centers in the Brazos Valley, and constantly looked for ways to be of service to her community. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies with a focus on Policy and Diplomacy and Spanish.
Through the various twists and turns the course of her life has taken, two things have remained steadfast for Kate – the deep desire within her heart to be of service to others and a profound belief in the strength and resilience of women. It is no secret, then, why she found a home at The Magdalen House. Kate has appreciated learning more about alcoholism while utilizing her gifts to serve the women of The Magdalen House.