Mollie O'Brien & Rich Moore Benefit Concert: April 14, 2018

Magdalene Serenity House's annual concert series is back on Saturday, April 14th with our 2018 concert featuring Grammy winning singer Mollie O'Brien and guitarist Rich Moore! 

Doors open at 6:30PM, music begins at 7:30PM. Light bites, beer, and wine will be served. Tickets will be sold at the door. The concert will be held in the St. Paul's Parish Hall.

"Singer Mollie O’Brien and guitarist Rich Moore have for over 30 years steadfastly made it their mission to unlock the secrets of the diverse array of styles that comprise the canon of American Roots Music. Geniuses at interpretation and never sacrificing the essence of the songs they tackle, they are at home with their musical selves. They are unafraid of risk taking, authoritative in their performance and at the very top of their game. And to top it all off, they’re fun."

http://mollieobrien.com/videos/excerpts-from-last-months-brogden-bay-presents-concert/

We'd like to thank all of our sponsors for making this event possible! 

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Art Auction: Saturday, March 24, 2018

Join us for a silent art auction featuring over 25 works from artist Lyle Ward, as well as pieces from local artists, and a few special works by our Magdalene Serenity House residents!

This free event will take place at St. Paul's Parish Hall on Saturday, March 24th from 2-4PM. Wine and h'ors d'oeuvres will be served. All proceeds will benefit Magdalene Serenity House.

Are you a local artist who would like to donate a piece to the auction? Email flippin@lovehealsnwa.org to inquire about inclusion! 

We hope to see you there!

Rev. Becca Stevens to Visit Northwest Arkansas

Magdalene Serenity House is thrilled that Rev. Becca Stevens was selected to be the commencement speaker at University of Arkansas’ graduation ceremonies this week! Rev. Stevens is founder and president of Magdalene Thistle Farms in Nashville, TN, which is the inspiration off of which Magdalene Serenity House is modeled.

Rev. Stevens and her organization employ 50 residents and graduates of the Magdalene Thistle Farms program. There are 30 sister organizations in the growing national network of Magdalene homes, and the Global Market of Thistle Farms helps keep 1,500 women employed worldwide. Her vision for and leadership of Magdalene Thistle Farms has created a ripple effect of healing and growth for women in recovery from sexual exploitation, as well as for communities across the nation. She has become a force for change and an inspiration to many, and it's no wonder to those who've met her that she was chosen for the honor of commencement speaker.

We have the pleasure of welcoming Rev. Stevens to Magdalene Serenity House to a family-friendly reception and tour of the home when she arrives on Friday, May 12th. Email us at amy@lovehealsnwa.org for details of the reception. We’d love to see you there!

THE KRUGER BROTHERS Concert

If you are looking for something fun to do in Northwest Arkansas, come to our upcoming event in May! Magdalene Serenity House is excited to host The Kruger Brothers for a concert on May 14th at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Fayetteville, AR. One of the most innovative ensembles in Americana music today, this trio excels in bluegrass music influenced by jazz and, most recently, classical themes. Honest music with rich detail, delicacy and complexity. As Doc Watson stated, "The Kruger Brothers are just about as fine a band as I've ever played with."

Attend this event to support Magdalene Serenity House! Funds will help Magdalene Serenity House and impact the lives of survivors of sex trafficking, sexual exploitation, and addiction. 

Below is a link to their performance on the Late Show with David Letterman with Steve Martin and the Kontras Quartet honoring Jens Kruger's award of the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass Music. Jens Kruger is in the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOUKCmhxwGw

Event Details
What: The Kruger Brothers Concert

When: May 14th, 7:00pm 

Where: St. Paul's Episcopal Church., 224 N East Ave, Fayetteville, AR 72701

Cost: Free to the public (no tickets required). Donations welcome. 

Volunteer Need: If you are interested in joining the concert committee to organize the event,
please email Amy Hardwick at amy@lovehealsnwa.org before April 15th for details.

Crowdfunding Campaign

Magdalene Serenity House is excited to launch our Crowdfunding Campaign, where YOUR donation will make an impact in the lives of victims of sexual exploitation, sex trafficking, and addiction. Visit our donation page here and see ways your donation could make a difference.

“Human trafficking is a form of modern slavery that occurs in every state, including Arkansas.” This shocking quote from www.humantraffickinghotline.org is sadly true. By September of 2016 alone, the hotline had received 106 trafficking calls for Arkansas and of those calls, forty became actual cases. This rate of over 4 cases per month is low considering it only includes those initiated through this hotline. But what exactly happens with these trafficking cases? Do the victims receive help? Or are the statistics simply tracked?  

Fortunately the cases go beyond mere statistics. Like many investigations, some of them can’t be substantiated but they go on record in case new evidence surfaces. Some cases are resolved, and some victims receive help. The nature and quality of this help is improving thanks to a growing awareness of trafficking, but there are more women whose lives we can help reclaim today. Magdalene Serenity House was created for that very purpose.

Magdalene Serenity House is a 501(c)(3) non-profit whose mission is to provide a community of healing for women survivors of sexual exploitation, abuse, incarceration and addiction as they move toward a life that is spiritually rich, economically self-sufficient, emotionally full, and drug free. We were launched by St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Fayetteville but we are an independent, non-partisan program that offers sanctuary to women survivors in Arkansas.

We invite you to be part of Magdalene Serenity House by contributing to its future. There are many ways your donations will benefit its future residents. Whether you donate $10 or $250, your contributions will help the Magdalene Serenity House residents by providing a warm home with a roof over their heads, counseling, continuing education and job skills development. 

LoveHeals is in the Air

Spring is a time for love and new beginnings, so it’s no wonder that many couples choose spring wedding dates - it’s the tried and true classic time to express love by exchanging vows. Wedding gifts are the traditional way families and friends acknowledge those vows; they help set young couples up who are just starting out. But what about couples who get married a little later in life? What do engaged couples do when they already have everything they need?

A Fayetteville couple recently provided the perfect solution to this conundrum in honor of their own nuptials: Donate to Magdalene Serenity House in lieu of gifts. The couple, who married in February, asked their loved ones to donate to Magdalene Serenity House instead of giving them gifts. This generous request garnered over $7,500 in donations and many, many thanks from Magdalene Serenity House. Donations like these help pay operating costs, as well as capital costs on the remodel of Magdalene house.

Magdalene Serenity House relies wholly on donors to accomplish our mission. If you already have everything you need and plan to get married – or simply have a birthday coming up – consider a donation to Magdalene Serenity House in lieu of gifts. Donations may be given directly through our website or via check sent to our post office box. It’s easy. It’s effective. It’s a fantastic way to be involved!