June Newsletter

Searching for Solutions My name is Ashley Graham (now Wardlaw) and I am a social worker. I am also the Development Coordinator for Magdalene Serenity House, an advocate for survivors of trauma and addiction, and just generally an overly analytical thinker. Two weeks...

May Newsletter

Finding Purpose Through Trauma: An Occupational Therapy Perspective Did you know that MSH serves as an internship site for a variety of disciplines? We have worked with students in social work, clinical counseling, business, rehabilitative counseling, and occupational...

April Newsletter

Graduate Spotlight This month we wanted to honor our second MSH graduate Heather B.. We had hoped to have our first official MSH graduation this May, but had to postpone due to COVID-19. We still want to celebrate Heather and all of her accomplishments with an update...

March Newsletter

“Trauma, Recovery, & COVID-19” “Many trauma survivors have lived with the constant expectation of disaster. During these challenging times may we find breath, support, and a seed of hope” – Dr. Thema Magdalene Serenity House has taken significant...

February Newsletter

“Caring for the Caretaker” The MSH staff serve as guides on our residents’ journey, helping each woman navigate through the obstacles they face. Working with women who have experienced trauma, addiction, and incarceration is no easy task. We bear witness...

January Newsletter

Stronger Together In the past year Magdalene Serenity House adopted a new logo. The logo depicts two mountains with a valley in between. At the bottom of the second mountain is a star. For many of the residents entering our program, the mountains are at first quite...

December Newsletter

Recovery During The Holidays Holidays are generally a time of joy and celebration but for many people the holidays can be a painful reminder of years past where anxiety, trauma, and addiction took precedence over all other things in life. Holidays may be anniversaries...

November Newsletter

Weighing Cost & Benefit The staff at Magdalene Serenity House completed training for SMART Recovery this year. Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART) was started in 1994 and uses cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) techniques to help people with substance use...

October Newsletter

What are you dressing up as this Halloween? At Halloween some of us wear masks or disguise ourselves so others won’t recognize us. Do you ever feel like doing that at any other time of the year? Do you wish you could be the assertive one in the room and stand up...

September Newsletter

Lessons Learned Magdalene Serenity House accepted its first resident two years ago. She works full-time, has her own apartment, and has custody of her son. Our next graduate is scheduled to leave in February. She will return to her home and regain custody of her two...