Please join us in welcoming Kristen Andrus to The Magdalen House team! Kristen is joining us as a Program Coordinator for the Social Detox program, and we are so happy to have her!
1. What led you to want to work at The Magdalen House?
The Magdalen House has given me a purpose in life and allows me to share my own experience, strength, and hope with other women seeking recovery from alcoholism.
For Staff members in recovery, we like to ask a few additional questions:
How did The Magdalen House become part of your life?
From 2016-2018 when my wife was chairing meetings at the House every Monday to carry the message, The Magdalen House became part of my life. Since that time, I have always seen The Magdalen House as a place of refuge and opportunity for women in early and long-term sobriety.
What has been the biggest gift to you in your recovery?
The biggest gift I have received in sobriety is my relationship with my Higher Power. By placing my faith in my Higher Power, I have freedom from craving and obsessing over mind-altering substances.
What would you tell the woman who is newly sober, or still trying to get sober?
Get out of your own way, trust the twelve-step process, and don’t give up.
What is your life like today?
My life is greater than I deserve. I spent years consumed in my disease and did not contribute positively to the world around me. Today, I am an example of my Higher Power’s grace while being a present wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, co-worker, and sponsor.
2. As a new team member, what are you most excited about?
I am just really excited and grateful to be a part of The Magdalen House and get to come to work every day with such strong, amazing, recovered women.
3. What’s something we should know about you?
I am an avid mystery reader, love my labradoodle fiercely, my mother and grandmother are my heroes, and I still have my Georgia accent.
About Kristen Andrus
Kristen grew up in Georgia, where she pursued a career in the State of Georgia Law Enforcement. And within eight years, her disease had impacted her career. When she moved to Dallas to get sober, she was introduced to The Magdalen House by her wife, Kaki, who volunteered as a meeting chair every Monday at 2:30.
In addition to bringing her own experience in recovery, Kristen previously worked at Windhaven Recovery as a House Manager and Recovery Advocate. When she sees hope in the eyes of women who desire to get better, it drives her passion for her work at The Magdalen House. Being able to share her own experience, strength, and hope with the women aids in grounding her own recovery. She is beyond grateful for the opportunity to work and serve with such a wonderful group of women.