Magdalena House2022 IMPACT REPORT
A Year of Growth
LETTER FROM THE FOUNDER
For the last time I have the privilege of thanking YOU for making our work possible! Inside you’ll find statistics highlighting the growth of Magdalena House families. For the past 2 years, a welcome ritual has been hosted for each mother to proclaim who they are to our newest resident. Their responses include words such as “transformed,” “in this together,” “strong,” “confident” and (my favorite) “warrior.” These acquired hopes and beliefs live within those statistics, revealing families with vital futures.
Legacy is “something transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor.” The legacy of Magdalena House is OUR legacy: YOURS, our staff, volunteers and every mother and child. By working together, it is possible for a single mother to grow that sweet fruit called hope which has the power to nourish a new generation as well as future mothers and children that call Magdalena House home.
“Without the Magdalena House, my baby and I would be on the streets; we would be nowhere. Now that I have been accepted into the Magdalena House, I am completing high school and getting my diploma. I can even go to college. I have a favorite quote, ‘Why tell me the sky is the limit, when there are footprints on the moon.’ With Magdalena House, I and my children can now reach for the moon.”
Graduate of Magdalena House
A LEADERSHIP TRANSITION
As we move into 2023 with our new Executive Director, Rev. Becca McNitzky, YOUR LEGACY will continue to make our world safer and more just. But most significantly, your legacy lives within the hearts of the women and children whose lives are changed. THANK YOU!
“I have grown into a beautiful, confident woman. A powerful voice for women, an Advocate.”
Graduate of Magdalena House
With Hope, Denise
MAGDALENA HOUSE STAFF
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Rev. Denise Barker, Founder & Executive Director Directors
Cori Kurth, LPC-S
Rev. Becca McNitzky
Alyssa Chavez Sarah Garza Cassidy Jumper
Lacey Reinhardt, LPC Erika Reyna Lynda Ryan Liz Sanchez Carine Tcheumtchoua
Rev. Denise Barker
Chris Callaway Matt Countryman
Dr. Vanessa Kenon
Dr. Pam Wood
2022 has been a year full of changes, new experiences, and GROWTH. Last spring we had our very first annual Health Fair! A variety of different services and organizations volunteered their time to teach each family about their health. From free eye exams and vaccinations, to nutrition and the importance of moving your body, each resident left knowing more about their health!
During the summer break, residents went to Family Camp at Mustang Island! This is always such a fun and special getaway for the families and we love hearing all the stories when they return home.
We made education fun this summer! We had our Summer Reading Program and Fiesta with an awesome reading challenge and the children participated by reading 369 books total! Of course, we had to throw a party, with a bouncy house and some yummy tacos! Later in the summer a very special gift from a generous donor provided each resident with a brand new bike and helmet of their own! They learned bicycle maintenance through the first ever Earn-A-Bike program!
Moving into fall the mothers had a night out to attend the annual Magdalena House Gala and were showered with love throughout the evening. October is the time for Trunk-or-Treat! We had face painting, game booths, and a never ending supply of candy! Staff and volunteers made this an unforgettable night!
Rounding out 2022, we had a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner spent together, the resident and staff Christmas outing to Good Time Charlie’s and the DoSeum, and Christmas with Texas Bowties.
Department of Justice/Office of the Governor Christ Episcopal Church Enterprise Holdings Foundation Episcopal Diocese of West Texas Everence Foundation The Greehey Family Foundation HEB Raba Kistner Methodist Healthcare Ministries Najim Charitable Foundation Nationwide Insurance Genevieve and Ward Orsinger Foundation Paycor Ann Peters Foundation PFS Shared Blessing Foundation Rio Texas Conference United Methodist Church San Antonio Area Foundation Security Service Federal Credit Union Foundation Texas Bowties Texas Methodist Foundation Valero Dixie Starnes Wenger Foundation Women of St. Luke's Episcopal Church
CITY-WIDE COLLABORATING ORGANIZATIONS
Alamo Area Coalition Against
San Antonio Regional Alliance for
the Homeless (SARAH)
San Antonio & Bexar County
Collaborative Commission on
Domestic Violence (CCDV)
Alamo Area Council of Government
CommuniCare Health Centers
DePelchin Children's Center
Early Head Start/Head Start
Methodist Healthcare Ministries
San Antonio MetroHealth District
St. Brigid Catholic Church
St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church
Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid
Wesley Health and Wellness Center
Women's Empowerment Center at SAC
The Martin Marietta Team came to Magdalena House and gave invaluable support of their time and talents from smaller household projects to larger important facility maintenance projects. They made a huge impact and helped us maintain our promise of a safe and clean home for each family at Magdalena House.
Texas Bowties have had a special relationship with Magdalena House for 10 years. They support families through their annual car show, raising over $175,000. And during the Christmas season, they take note of all the wants and desires of each family's Christmas list and make it come to life! They delivered their gifts in their beautiful classic cars, and the residents are always overjoyed with their generosity.
UBEO BUSINESS SERVICES
UBEO Business Services has supported Magdalena House in so many ways in 2022. Their staff spent a day working on the inside of two homes with a fresh coat of paint, a HUGE task to do! They also provided on-site copiers and a variety of professional print projects for us.
NORTHWEST HILLS UMC
Magdalena House has been amazed at the ongoing support by Northwest Hills United Methodist Church. This year they assisted us with a very special new addition as we created our "Counseling Cottage," where residents can meet privately with professional mental health providers who serve our families on-site, as well as the many other important community projects such as repairing fences, mowing, power-washing, painting, and decorating the neighborhood for Christmas!
CELEBRATED 15 YEARS OF HOPEWe celebrated our annual gala in 2022 and were blessed to be together, inperson, again. During the evening of hope, we raised over half a milliondollars to support each resident's future. Thank you to all who came to celebrate the mission of Magdalena House and for your continuous impact on each family that comes to stay with us.
SAVE THE DATE
OCTOBER 7, 2023 LA CANTERA RESORT & SPA
"AS AN IMMIGRANT AND VICTIM OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE I NEVER IMAGINED A PLACE LIKE THIS TO EXIST AND HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE PART OF IT. GOD PUT ME IN THE CORRECT PLACE IN THE CORRECT MOMENT.”
- CURRENT RESIDENT
Please contact us if you would like a copy of our 2022 year end financial statements.
Magdalena House is a neighborhood of transitional homes in San Antonio that serves mothers and their children who have fled dangerous and abusive lives. Utilizing a dual-generation approach, we provide safe shelter, basic needs, educational programming, and therapeutic services.