Heal One Woman, Heal A Community
Magdalene Serenity House is a healing sanctuary serving women who have experienced trauma, sexual exploitation, addiction, and incarceration by providing opportunities for community, and paths to flourish.
We provide a comprehensive, collaborative and structured residential program that can comfortably house up to 8 women for two years, at no cost to them.
Women admitted to Magdalene are committed to achieving and maintaining a sober lifestyle, regaining control of their lives, and attaining financial independence.
Residents follow a structured program schedule focused on recovery and healing from trauma. All residents are connected with community providers to address mental and physical health needs.
Residents are required to obtain at least part-time employment and are encouraged to further their education. Phase Two residents are expected to participate in 15 hours of programming and continue to work on their recovery.
Residents work closely with the program staff to transition into independent living. They are expected to participate in 15 hours of programming and provide leadership to newer residents.
24 Months & Beyond
After successful completion of the first three phases, residents graduate and become Sisters for Life. Sisters for Life are graduates who remain actively involved in the Magdalene community.
A New Path for MSH
We are excited about a program expansion that opened up to us. In mid-November the house adjoining the NE corner of our property on Gregg Avenue came up for sale. We took a leap of faith and purchased this adjacent property, and we closed on the sale December 15!
We jumped at the opportunity because this property allows us to provide safe and secure rental property to women who are ready to leave Magdalene Serenity House. As we have celebrated the graduation of women from the MSH program, we also have lamented the lack of affordable, safe housing in Northwest Arkansas.
Rent is very expensive, given the types of first jobs our graduates can secure. Many landlords will not rent to felons, and some affordable places are near drug dealers. This new home will allow up to four of our former residents to have safe, affordable housing as they build income and savings. The vision is for our graduates to pay a reasonable rent to Magdalene Serenity House in exchange for a safe and supportive home as they venture into their new lives. The proximity of this home to our current property ensures additional support if our graduates need it.
We have raised the full cost of the purchase, but we must replace the electrical system, add smoke detectors, an oven & vent, replace a shower, and fully furnish the 1,360 square foot house. (A bonus — we have a full basement with bathroom and washer dryer and lots of potential program space, and a double garage.) Estimated costs to fully repair and furnish — $20,000 to $25,000.
We are hoping that those who support the mission of MSH will help us continue to live into this vision. Our graduates are demonstrating that the healing sanctuary of Magdalene Serenity House works just as we envisioned. Women who have survived childhood trauma, sexual abuse, incarceration and addiction are finding freedom and agency in a safe, supportive environment — and they need local, safe, and affordable housing to continue on their journey.
Help us open the road to recovery and health through this new aftercare home. ”Heal One Woman. Heal a Community”
Thank you for your support,
What Drives Us
I’m proud of the woman I’m becoming today! Today because of the volunteers and people that work with me everyday at the Magdalene house I am able to be a better, friend, mother, and daughter! I am able to overcome anything and I know that no matter what the obstacle I have that the women that work here with me everyday will be there for me no matter what!! All with love compassion and patience… This program continues to change my life every single day! I’m so thankful for all the volunteers, staff, and donors! Thank you all for changing my life forever!