1 Welcome! Thank you for your interest in Maggie s Place, an organization that provides houses of hospitality and ongoing support to help pregnant and parenting women in need reach their goals, and welcomes them into a community filled with love and dignity. Maggie s Place was founded in 2000 in Phoenix, Arizona through the grassroots effort of five young women who saw a need and responded. Since then, the organization has grown to operate three homes in the Phoenix area and one in Cleveland, Ohio. Maggie s Place provides for the immediate physical and emotional needs of our guests including shelter, food, clothing and a supportive community. In addition, Maggie s Place connects them to the appropriate agencies and resources including prenatal care, health insurance, low cost housing and education programs. Ongoing support is provided through the Alumnae Outreach program, which offers educational workshops, scholarships, recreational events and material assistance. Since the organization s inception, more than 650 moms and babies have called Maggie s Place home. For more information about what Maggie s Place provides, please visit For additional information or to set up an interview with a Maggie s Place staff member or a program beneficiary, please call the Phoenix, AZ office at or the Palma, OH office at If you are in the Phoenix or Cleveland area, please contact Maggie s Place for a tour of one of its homes! Please find in this press kit: Executive Director biography with Board of Directors list About Us informational sheet Maggie s Place facts and statistics Recent press mentions
2 Executive Director Bio and Board of Directors List Maggie s Place Executive Director Laura Magruder Magruder brings a varied background in nonprofit management, crisis intervention and business administration to Maggie s Place. Diverse paths in her career include work with the City of Phoenix Police Department as a Victim s Services Unit Advocate and Phoenix Fire Department, Alternative Response Unit as a Behavioral Health Specialist providing on scene crisis intervention. In addition to her career accomplishments, Magruder has an affinity for asthma awareness and children of foster care. As an advocate for the Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics, she lobbied federal and state legislators to pass asthma legislation allowing children to carry and self administer medication. From 1999 to 2007, Magruder served as a board member for the Arizona State Supreme Court, Foster Care Review Board at both state and county levels. Community activities include Organization for Nonprofit Executives as a board member, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix where she served as Board Vice President, Secretary and Capital Campaign Chair and as Auxiliary President and founding member of Grace Evangelical Mission Kisumu, Kenya. Magruder has Bachelor of Science degrees in Sociology and Psychology from Arizona State University as well as a Masters of Education Counseling from Northern Arizona University and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies Clinical Counseling from Ottawa University. Maggie s Place Board Leadership Maggie s Place is governed by three boards: Maggie s Place, Inc, Maggie s Place, AZ and Maggie s Place, OH. Maggie s Place, Inc. Board of Directors Maggie s Place, Ohio Board of Directors Joe Mikitish, President Helen Nadolski, Vice President Jim Danovich, Treasurer Kim Kunasek, Secretary Bob Hubbard Paul A. Kent Trifon Kupanoff, Jr. Laura Magruder Maggie s Place, Arizona Board of Directors Rick Costello, President Julie O Boyle Andrew Frawley, Secretary/Treasurer Michael Campanelli James V. Danovich Nancy Fredrick Cynthia Harfouche David Hickin Tim Patrick Jennifer Chung Laura Magruder Bruce Lincoln, President Lisa Weisenburger, Vice President Jim Danovich, Treasurer Bill Brophy, Secretary Jennifer Schoennagel Christa Scott Donald Scott Connie Grismer Laura Magruder
3 About Maggie s Place Mission Maggie s Place is a community that provides houses of hospitality and ongoing support to help pregnant and parenting women in need reach their goals, and welcomes them into a community filled with love and dignity. Maggie s Place provides for the immediate physical and emotional needs of its guests including shelter, food, clothing and a supportive community, and establishes a safe environment for them to live in while they develop the skills they need to live independently. In addition, Maggie's Place connects the mothers to the appropriate agencies and resources including prenatal care, health insurance, low cost housing, and education programs. History Maggie's Place began in 2000 as a grassroots effort when five young women made a commitment to live together in community and create a home to welcome others. As recent college graduates, these young women placed their plans on hold in order create a place that could help other women through a difficult and vulnerable period in their lives. The first Phoenix based Maggie s Place home, The Magdalene House, opened on Mother s Day in Over the last decade, this spirit of caring for our community s women and children grew, and today: Maggie's Place is based in Phoenix, AZ and has three homes of hospitality (soon to be four) serving the greater Phoenix area, and one in Cleveland, Ohio. Between the four homes, Maggie s Place can accommodate up to 30 women and their infants at any given time. On an annual basis, Maggie s Place welcomes approximately 90 women. Over 650 women have benefited from the Maggie's Place community homes since the organization s inception over 13 years ago. Maggie s Place collaborates with over 20 community and government organizations to provide resources and assistance to house guests in both Arizona and Ohio. Each year, Maggie s Place provides approximately 600 women with referral information and shares excess baby and maternity supplies with local crisis pregnancy centers for distribution to their clients. Each Christmas, Maggie s Place hosts a large party and brings together the community to provide gifts for over 400 moms and their children (145 alumnae and current families). Maggie s Place hosts two signature events The Miracle of Motherhood event and A Race for Maggie s Place, which raise tens of thousands of dollars for the organization and brings together over a thousand attendees each year.
4 Programs One community, many homes Each home is part of the Maggie s Place community, welcoming pregnant women at any point in their pregnancy into a supportive environment. Often in difficult and complicated situations, the backgrounds of the mothers that come to Maggie s Place typically include previous drug use, rape, abusive relationships, little understanding of self worth, no employment experience, limited education, bad relationships with family members, poor support networks, or mental illness. With a focus on the present, not the past, Maggie s Place helps each woman on her individual journey through the process of healing and towards creating a future of stability and hope for herself and for her child. Alumnae Outreach Support for the success of each mom continues through the Alumnae Outreach Program, where Maggie s Place provides assistance through job leads, scholarships, emergency loans and bus passes, computer and internet access, job and life skills training, and frequent community events. As of May 2013, Maggie s Place has an alumnae family of over 550 women and their children. Maggie s Place newest project, the Mom s Outreach and Training Center, is under renovation with a target completion of late 2013 and will offer further support through computer stations, a library, a child friendly space for children and a meeting space for further training opportunities. Maggie s Thrift In addition to its maternity homes, Maggie s Place operates a social enterprise store called Maggie s Thrift. Founded in September 2011, this downtown Phoenix boutique offers gently used furniture and higher quality items. All proceeds support Maggie s Place. Maggie s Thrift also facilitates a job training program for current and alumnae moms to receive customer service training and retail experience. Maggie s Thrift is located at 1517 E. McDowell Rd. in Phoenix, AZ. Visit for more details. Model Maggie s Place uses an innovative method for living out its mission, which is a highly effective concept that has increased quality of experience for both the staff members and moms, as well as cost effectiveness in operating the homes. Pregnancy, by design, is meant to be experienced in the context of family and in this way, the homes offer a dynamic and vibrant family life. Within the model, staff members live in the homes full time with the moms. This creates an environment that is like a family, and has proven to be effective in smooth operations of the homes, as well as the ongoing relationships with the mothers after they leave. Maggie s Place believes this intentional community and home environment allows for deep and lasting transformation in the moms.
5 In addition to meeting the individual prenatal and postnatal needs of the mothers under its care, Maggie s Place also provides the following: Nurturing and stable home environment and nutritious food Maternity and infant supplies Weekly, one on one therapeutic counseling and bi weekly group counseling through Women of Worth Bus passes and assistance with transportation Informal mentoring from other new mothers Support, encouragement, and accountability by full time, live in MissionCorps; mothers are held accountable for engaging in 40 hours of productivity time weekly, which can include working or job searching, schooling or volunteering A savings program in which women must save 70% of any income they receive while living at Maggie's Place Life skills courses on topics such as childbirth, healthy nutrition, budgeting, communication, and child rearing Referrals to community agencies and programs including WIC, AHCCCS, parenting classes, Alcoholics/Narcotics Anonymous, adoption counseling, job training, and low cost housing Access to education programs including a scholarship program, high school equivalency, community colleges, and vocational training through referrals\ Knowledge of State programs including health insurance, day care subsidies, food stamps, child support, and cash assistance Informal modeling of healthy family life including resolving conflict, facilitating decisions for the common good, upholding expectations and consequences as needed, and celebrating goals achieved Four units of transitional housing in an adjunct apartment complex, La Casa de la Madre. Located on the same property as The Magdalene House, the units serve as transitional housing for 4 mothers with infants. To be eligible for the apartments, moms must be able to make a $200 payment per month, which is deposited into their savings. This support continues as moms leave the homes and enter into the Alumnae Outreach Program, where Maggie s Place promotes empowerment of women through ongoing practical and emotional support to help them escape the cycle of poverty. The Mom s Outreach and Training center will deepen the level of service Maggie s Place provides for all of its mothers by offering additional and farther reaching resources for them to engage in. In addition, the center will serve as a hub for the Maggie s Place community life, providing space for the organization s administrative offices and other activities including child s play, picnics, photo shoots, and all community gatherings. More Information: To volunteer, donate or to schedule a tour of one of the homes, please call (602) or visit
6 Maggie s Place Fact Sheet Mission and History: Maggie s Place provides houses of hospitality and ongoing support to help pregnant and parenting women in need reach their goals, and welcomes them into a community filled with love and dignity. Founded in 2000, Maggie s Place began with five young women who had the courage and determination to take on the founding of a nonprofit, the creation of a community, and the establishment of a home. After eighteen months of planning (including nine months of renovating an abandoned, inner city home built in 1926), Maggie s Place opened its doors to the first group of pregnant women on Mother s Day Since the organization s inception, over 650 women and their children have been welcomed. Homes and Thrift Information: Maggie s Place operates four homes; three in the greater Phoenix area (including downtown Phoenix, Glendale and Tempe) and one in Cleveland, Ohio. A fourth Phoenix area home is set to open in Between the four homes, Maggie s Place can accommodate up to 30 women and their infants at any given time. On an annual basis, Maggie s Place currently welcomes approximately 90 women. Each year, Maggie s Place provides approximately 600 women with referral information and shares its excess baby and maternity supplies with local crisis pregnancy centers for distribution to their clients. In September of 2011, Maggie s Place opened a social enterprise store called Maggie s Thrift. Located in downtown Phoenix, this boutique offers gently used furniture and higher quality items and hosts a job training program for current and alumnae moms to receive management and retail experience, mentoring and customer service skills training. Programs and Services: Maggie s Place provides for the immediate physical and emotional needs of its guests including shelter, food, clothing and a supportive community, and establishes a safe environment for them to live in while they develop the skills they need to become independent. After their stay at Maggie s Place, mothers become a part of the Alumnae Outreach Program, which offers ongoing support and resources to them and their children. Maggie's Place connects mothers to agencies and resources including prenatal care, health insurance, low cost housing, and education programs.
7 Women can join the Maggie s Place community at any point in their pregnancy and stay until the child is six months old (often longer depending on situation). Maggie s Place also offers longer term transitional housing through its La Casa de la Madre apartment complex, which has the capacity to house 4 mothers and their children. Maggie s Place collaborates with over twenty community and government organizations to provide assistance to its guests, including: CASS, AWEE, Fresh Start Women s Foundation, Goodwill, UMOM, Maricopa Dept. of Public Health, Catholic Charities and several others. Through the Becky Most Scholarship Fund, $2,000 to $6,000 in scholarships are awarded annually to assist selected recipients in meeting their educational goals. Demographics and Statistics (based on 2013 data): Average age of a Maggie s Place mom is 26 74% of the moms who live at Maggie s Place are single moms Over 50% of mothers in our homes are having their first child Ethnicities of guests are primarily Caucasian (43%), African American (26%) and Hispanic (11%) Over 40% of moms who lived at Maggie s Place formally increased their education during their stay Average amount in savings at move in was $4, and at move out was $299. Maggie s Place has over 1,500 level 1 volunteers and 160 level 2 volunteers (who hold greater responsibility and clearance to serve our clients) Funding and Giving: Maggie s Place is funded entirely on private donations from generous individuals and families, as well as civic minded clubs, social organizations, and faith communities. It also receives support from several private and corporate grants. It does not receive government assistance nor is it a United Way agency, although it can accept United Way contributions if they are specifically designated for Maggie s Place. Maggie s Place relies on volunteers and gifts in kind to keep each home running. A variety of onetime or ongoing opportunities can be viewed at Maggie s Place is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) organization. Gifts made to such institutions are tax deductible to the fullest extent of these laws. In Arizona, Maggie s Place also qualifies for the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit Program for the Working Poor (ARS ). In Ohio, Maggie s Place is registered with the Ohio Attorney General Charitable Giving Registry, found here: Charities.aspx
8 Recent Press for Maggie s Place 2014: Maggie s Place is featured in the web publication, Affect Magazine. Maggie s Place Ohio is featured in the Catholic Universe Bulletin, highlighting the success story of a current mom. The opening of the new building for the Maggie s Place administrative offices and mom s outreach and training center is featured in the Catholic Sun. Maggie s Place is the charity spotlight in the Frontdoors News Magazine January Edition. 2013: Maggie s Place is featured in the Catholic Sun as a featured organization for Working Poor Tax Credit contributions. Maggie s Place receives $600,000 Grant from the Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation to open The Hannah House. (Press Release) Maggie s Place Ohio will offer a Halloween themed Open House to the community on Saturday, October 26th from 6:30 9 PM at their Zechariah House location in Parma. (Press Release PDF) Maggie s Place announces new Executive Director, Laura Magruder. (Press Release PDF) Maggie s Place The Zechariah House on Currents Sept. 19 th issue. (Article) Maggie s Place Ohio receives grant for new van featured in Parma Observer. Former Maggie s Place CEO and Co founder, Mary Peterson, featured on Channel 12/AZ Central as a Hero story. Mary Peterson featured in the Catholic Sun as last Maggie s Place pioneer to step down. Maggie s Place The Zechariah House in Cleveland, Ohio featured in the Cleveland Sun News for offering comfort to local mothers. 2012: Maggie s Thrift is featured in Raising Arizona Kids Magazine. Maggie s Place is featured on ABC 15 News as a place for pregnant moms to get back on their feet. Interview with Maggie s Place CEO and Co founder Mary Peterson at the Bishop s Hour. 2011: Maggie s Place featured in the Arizona Republic as a sanctuary for pregnant women in need.
9 Maggie s Place Building Communities of Hope in Raising Arizona Kids (2009).