MAGDALENA MINISTRIES INC

HOME, HELP, HOPE

aka Magdalena House   |   San Antonio, TX   |  www.maghouse.org

Mission

Magdalena House is a neighborhood of transitional homes that serves mothers and their children who have fled dangerous and abusive lives. We provide transformation through education, nurturing community, and programming. We offer hope and cultivate lasting change in mothers and their children by providing: • A safe neighborhood of transitional homes and loving community for each family. • Support for pursuit of accredited education (ESL, GED, college). • Parental strengthening, on-site counseling and diverse enrichment programming. • Case Management and wraparound services to support families with their legal, health care, financial and daily needs so each mother and child may flourish.

Ruling year info

2009

Executive Director

Rev. Denise Barker

Main address

P.O. Box 692041

San Antonio, TX 78269 USA

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EIN

80-0251526

NTEE code info

Other Housing Support Services (L80)

Family Violence Shelters and Services (P43)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Families that are victims of crime are vulnerable, at a higher risk of becoming homeless or being unable to support themselves, and exist in a crisis survival mode. They have a desperate need for 1) safety and security, 2) the opportunity to stabilize their lives mentally, emotionally, and physically, and 3) the opportunity to build resiliencies and change factors in their lives so that neither mother nor child are easily victimized in the future. If nothing changes for these families, the children and following generations are very likely to fall into the same cycles of abuse. The obstacles that prevent mothers with children from successfully recovering from victimization include violence in their community and in their relationships, lack of stability, poverty, and lack of education. They are unable to heal from past trauma until they have immediate needs (food, shelter, clothing) met, feel safe, and obtain counseling that allows them to address the trauma experienced.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Individual and Family Development

At Magdalena House, our dual generation programming is structured to help each mother and family flourish and develop resiliencies to prevent future victimization. Each family receives tailored case management, enrichment programming, counseling/play therapy, and parental coaching.

The Program Director works with each mother to define and pursue individual goals and identify barriers. Together, they develop a covenant, a clear list of short term and long term goals for her time at Magdalena House that is individualized to her needs and those of her family. This covenant becomes the tool that guides all her work with the mother. It provides accountability and encouragement for the mother, who formally reports and reflects on her progress multiple times a year. The Program Director continually works with each mother to work on strengths development, goal setting, addressing obstacles, conflict resolution and holistic wellness.

Enrichment programming includes weekly workshops that focus on family, holistic wellness, and healthy relationships. Children participate in the workshops as appropriate. Through Enrichment, families develop the basic psychological, social, educational and financial skills needed to ensure the physical, economic, personal and spiritual well-being and integrity of their family.

Magdalena House offers on-site counseling and play therapy to all resident families to help them deal with the trauma these individuals have experienced. We also work with other agencies to offer on-site parental coaching for each family.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people
Women and girls
Single parents
Homeless people

Within our neighborhood of transitional homes, we provide safe, secure, long-term shelter to women and children escaping violent situations such as domestic violence, human trafficking, and homelessness. Our 24-7 staff offers love, encouragement, and accountability, and ensures a safe, stable environment.

We provide wraparound support services for these mothers and children. We cover unmet needs of food, clothing, childcare and transportation. We coordinate legal services, health services and social services for each family.

While most shelters limit stay to 2 years or less, we permit families to stay as long as mothers make progress towards their educational goal. Families benefit from this longer period of stability which provides more time to heal from trauma and develop family resiliency.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people
Families
Single parents
Homeless people

We support each resident mother in enrolling in accredited educational programs and successfully completing these programs. Mothers may choose to work on their GED, certification programs, ESOL program,associate's degree, and/or bachelor's degree. We assist women in exploring and pursuing academic goals tailored to their interests. We support them though the education process with academic coaching and constant encouragement. We support any unmet education cost, including tuition, transportation, books, and other academic needs not covered by loans and scholarships. Additionally, we cover accredited child care and after school care costs so that mothers may attend school full time.

This focus on academics allows women to achieve academic goals they previously could not imagine. Over 75% of mothers who stay over 6 months complete significant educational milestones that transform their lives.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Victims and oppressed people

Where we work

Awards

Recognized in their first annual conference for the exemplary work done in providing social services to trtafficking victims 2008

South Texas Anti-Trafficking Coalition

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of children and youth who have received access to stable housing

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Infants and toddlers, Non-adult children, Economically disadvantaged people, Victims of crime and abuse

Related Program

Transitional Shelter and Wraparound Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This metric varies depending on how many children are in each of the the families served and the length of time each family stays.

Number of households that obtain/retain permanent housing for at least 6 months

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Families, Economically disadvantaged people, Victims of crime and abuse, Women and girls

Related Program

Transitional Shelter and Wraparound Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of personal development plans in place

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, Economically disadvantaged people, Victims of crime and abuse, Single parents

Related Program

Individual and Family Development

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

All heads of family develop a personal development plan at intake. After the initial care plan, families revise their plan at the end of each semester (3x/yr) to include education & family strengths.

Number of treatment and support plans that specify how individual and family strengths will be used and developed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, Victims of crime and abuse, Economically disadvantaged people, Single parents

Related Program

Individual and Family Development

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of families served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people, Victims of crime and abuse, Families

Related Program

Transitional Shelter and Wraparound Services

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Number of families served varies depending on length of stay of each family. We increased capacity in 2018 to serve 8 families at once, and again in 2019 to serve 12 families at once.

Number of clients participating in educational programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, Economically disadvantaged people, Victims of crime and abuse, Single parents

Related Program

Education Support

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Women participate in GED preparation classes, ELS classes, and/or college level classes, depending on their individualized plan for their education.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our overall goal is to equip and empower families with the tools and resources to break out of cycles of abuse and neglect. This transformation is only possible when undergirded with long-term stable housing. We aim for these results:

1) Mothers and children find safety, stability and nurturing.
2) Mothers and children flourish academically, physically, mentally and emotionally.
3) Mothers are able to nurture their children and develop family resiliency against future adversity.

We will achieve our goal by living and encouraging the residents to live by these strategies and guidelines:
We will offer safe homelike transitional shelter and loving community for each family, requiring participation in accredited education, parental support and diverse Enrichment Programming, providing professional, financial and daily needs for each mother and child to flourish, and empowering each resident to recognize and use their God-given talents to improve their community.
We will engage in authentic, life-changing relationships while honoring acceptable boundaries.
We will practice hospitality with justice to one another, the stranger, the poor, the oppressed through provision of safe refuge, dignity, unconditional love and compassionate accountability.

We will govern and operate with effective stewardship and fiduciary responsibility to ensure a vital future of serving mothers and their children.

We will use evidence-based programming in order to transform each family during their stay at Magdalena House.
Our staff will be trained in trauma informed care.

Since 2007, we have offered safe, loving, home-like shelter for 127 mothers and children who have typically stayed 12-24 months.
Our staff offer 24/7 support to create a home-like environment, full of hope and accountability for these families. We rely on over 250 volunteers, many with professional skills, who contribute over 3,000 hours/year.

Rev. Denise Barker is the Founder and Executive Director of Magdalena House. She has 13 years of experience in running and staffing Magdalena House. With her civil engineering background, she brings strong attention to detail and project management. She is an ordained deacon in the United Methodist Church who has served in multiple roles on staff at University United Methodist Church and Spring Creek United Methodist Church in the past 25 years. She has a B.S. in Structural Engineering from the University of Illinois and a M.S. in Theology from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. She is an original member of the Alamo Area Coalition Against Trafficking and has served on city-wide task forces on issues of child abuse, domestic violence and human trafficking.

Corinne Kurth has been the Program Director at Magdalena House since 2017. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor - Supervisor and Advanced Certified Trauma Practitioner, holding a Master's degree in counseling from UTSA. She has been in practice 17 years in a variety of settings including schools, a mental health crisis unit, a child and adolescent inpatient psychiatric facility, the Children's Bereavement Center of South Texas and private practice. She has specialized training in bereavement and traumatic loss as well as vast experience treating children with emotional and behavioral difficulties and serious mental health diagnoses.

Janice DaSilva has been the Senior Development Director at Magdalena House since 2020. She works closely with our bookkeeper, our Executive Director, and our Board Treasurer to ensure the financial management of grants. She brings 7 years of experience in development and 4 years in practicing law.

Magdalena House partners with several other agencies to provide services. We partner with Methodist Healthcare Ministries and Depelchin Children's Center to provide parental coaching. We partner with Methodist Healthcare Ministries Wesley Nurses, the Texas Diaper Bank, San Antonio College Services for Women and Non-Traditional students, Restore Education, Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid, Head Start. We are active members of the Alamo Area Coalition Against Trafficking.

Magdalena House is governed by a dedicated Board of Directors. The Board consists of community leaders, business owners, and CEOs who believe in the organization as bring their connections and work ethic to benefit the organization. The major revenue stream, the annual gala, is chaired and executed by a vibrant Gala Committee. They secure donations and sponsorships in order to make the event incredibly successful.

Since inception, the organization has served 127 women and children. Each family is allowed to stay with the organization until the mother completes her educational goals. Over 75% of the mothers who have invested in the program (stayed over six months) have completed significant educational milestones such as their GED, ESOL program, Associate's Degree, Bachelor's Degree or certified training.

In 2018/2019, we completed construction of a family wellness center and two new homes and renovated our original home. With this new space, we have tripled the numbers of families we serve. We have also expanding the amount of services, such as counseling and play therapy, which are provided on-site, thus reducing the barriers for families to avail themselves of these services.

Our long-term goal is to build four additional homes and provide services for 28 families at a time.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Magdalena House (MH) primarily serves vulnerable families in Bexar County and environs who are victims of family violence and human trafficking. These families are homeless or are trying to escape their current living arrangements due to violence. 100% live below the U.S. Health and Human Services 2020 poverty guideline ($17,240 for a family of 2); most have no income. All of these mothers have experienced trauma, stress, and extremely low self-esteem resulting from their violent situations and generational abuse and poverty. Their children have experienced homelessness, trauma, and instability at a tender age.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Case management notes, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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MAGDALENA MINISTRIES INC

Board of directors
as of 3/10/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Jeanne Tousley

Valero Energy Corporation

Term: 2020 - 2021

Denise Barker

Magdalena Ministries, Inc.

Greg Stroud

Security Service Federal Credit Union

John Barbieri

UBEO

Jeanne Tousley

Valero Energy Corporation

Catherine Lillibridge

Open Table

Kelly Thompson

K Thompson Homes

Bill Harrison

TASA Risk Solutions

Matt Countryman

Lane and Countryman

Matt Jackson

Valero Energy Corporation

Dave Koury

retired

Jeff Kemp

Kemp & Stich, PC

Vanessa Kenon

UTSA

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/05/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/05/2021

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.