Magdalene St. Louis is a residential community for women who have lived on the street and survived a life of violence and addiction. Women of all ages, some as young as 14, are invited into this compassionate and disciplined community where they can recover and rebuild their lives. They are provided with two years of housing, support and education. Magdalene St. Louis is a seedling of the successful Magdalene/Thistle Farms model from Nashville, Tennessee which was founded by an Episcopal priest, the Reverend Becca Stevens.
Roughly three fourths of the women who make it through the first six months of the program are drug-free and pursuing employment two years later—an impressive statistic for any recovery program. The Diocese of Springfield ECW selected Magdalene St. Louis as their 2016 outreach project, encouraging each church to support it at some time in the year. Emmanuel will focus on this worthwhile project for the month of July. There is a jar for coins on the counter in the Great Hall and checks may be put in the Sunday collection or mailed to the office. Make checks payable to EMEC with Magdalene on the memo line. Check out the websiteof Magdalene St. Louis for more information.