All residents come to Magdalena House after having experienced severe psychological, physical and sexual abuse. Because of the trauma these families have experienced, the primary goal of Magdalena House is to provide a safe and nurturing home, a community of supportive relationships and hope for a life of independence and self-sufficiency. Magdalena House provides women and their children with a complete continuum of care in a residential setting, including transitional housing, food, clothing, household items, transportation, counseling, childcare, children’s programming, family recreational activities, and access to social services, education, job training and job placement. All women who enter the program without a high school diploma must enroll in ESOL or GED classes and work toward their certification. Families may remain at Magdalena House for up to 3 years while they complete their educational and financial goals.
After housing, education is a key component for Magdalena House. You MUST go to school in order to live here. Until supplmental funding and resources are acquired, Magdalena House pays for everything until additional resoures and funding can be secured that a mother and her children need to be part of an educational or vocational program.
Key components of the Magdalena House model are Life Enrichment programming, Career Development coursework, Spiritual Formation and Service Projects.
Life Enrichment is a series of ongoing workshops that focus on family, fitness, feelings, finance, fine arts and fun. Children also participate in the workshops, as appropriate. The purpose of the Life Enrichment series is to help families develop the basic psychological, social, educational and financial skills needed to ensure the physical, economic, personal and spiritual well-being and integrity of the family. Family workshops focus on parenting, family dynamics, conflict management and parent-teacher relationships. Fitness deals with substance abuse, healthy nutrition and recreational activities. Feelings helps residents to cope with anxiety and depression to manage feelings of fear, hopelessness, inferiority and many feelings typical of abused women. Finance teaches women how to reconcile outstanding debt, manage a household budget and develop a financial plan for the future. Fine arts and fun engages families with the many art, music, and cultural activities available in the community, which most residents have never experienced because of the circumstances of their abusive backgrounds.
Career Development focuses on issues such as time management, strength-finding, aptitude, problem solving, conflict resolution, professional development and readiness for the job market.
Spiritual Formation explores life from a holistic approach recognizing that we need to connect to life on more than a physical and intellectual level.
Quarterly Service Projects allows the mothers to give back to their communities, at the same time taking the emphasis off of their concerns while caring about others.