Magdalene House: Helping Women in Transition

Published 08/27 2014 11:47AM

Updated 08/27 2014 11:52AM

Inmate portraits from local photographer Andrew Kilgore on display Friday night at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.
Inmate portraits from local photographer Andrew Kilgore on display Friday night at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church./Fayetteville Flyer
FAYETTEVILLE, AR -- Work is underway to provide funding for a home and sanctuary for women recovering from violence, prostitution, trafficking, addiction and incarceration. 

Friday's fundraiser, held at St. Paul's Episcopal, was a way to introduce Magdalene House to the public. The house is modeled after facilities in Memphis and Nashville, that serves as safe, supportive transitional housing for women coming out of prison and on their way to rebuilding their lives. Most or all have drug addictions, were sexually abused as teens and were prostitutes.

Magdalene Fayetteville's first home will house six women for two years and will provide safety, acceptance, and access to medical and dental care, therapy, education and job training free of charge.

The project is modeled after the Magdalene house in Nashville, Tenn., founded by Rev. Becca Stevens in 1997. Magdalene Nashville houses over 30 women and runs Thistle Farms, a $1 million social enterprise providing employment and job training to Magdalene residents and graduates.

To read more about this project, click here and here.

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