The Magdalen House – women helping women get to ‘The Other Side’
The mission of The Magdalen House is to help women achieve sobriety and sustain recovery from alcoholism at no cost and based on 12-step spiritual principles. Their vision is to build a thriving community of recovered women and their families – one woman at a time. In ‘The Other Side’ this vision is expressed vulnerably and authentically by women whose lives have been changed, and who, in turn, continue to help transform and guide the lives of others. Women empowering women.
Candor and courage are ever-present in the stories of women who found hope and healing through The Magdalen House. “One in ten people are alcoholics – and alcoholism crosses all social and economic demographics,” explains Lisa Kroencke, Executive Director, The Magdalen House. “The video, like The Magdalen House itself, allows women to be vulnerable and talk about their experiences, focusing on the solution and the specific ways our peer-driven program works, including a lifelong community available at any time.”
The agency is home to the only peer implemented a program of its kind in the local community and is a place that women can come to at any point in their recovery. As seen in the film, a big brick wall honors the names of those who have made it to “the other side” and who now form the brick and mortar of the next wave of women who enter The Magdalen House.
The video debuted at The Magdalen House’s annual Leave a Legacy Event which aims to raise program funds and awareness about both the program and alcohol addiction and recovery. The event raised over $500,000 which will go directly toward the programs and services the agency provides.
“These are the strongest women I have ever met,” comments Tammie Kleinmann, CEO of Lucky Post, a supporting partner in creating the film. “They are warriors who learn to move forward without self-judgment, and who summon greater strength in lifting each other up.”