National Council of Jewish Women Partners with Magdalene House
Marion Trapolino, president and co-founder of Magdalene House Austin. Credit: Courtesy of Magdalene House Austin
By Bettie Forman
NCJW recently formed a partnership with the Magdalene House as a community service and tzedakah project. The mission of Magdalene House, scheduled to open mid-June 2019, is to build a healing community for survivors of sex trafficking, prostitution, addiction and abuse. Magdalene House will provide safe and supportive housing, access to healthcare services and counseling and vocational training.
A program to learn more about the Magdalene House and how to get involved will be held June 6 at 7:30 p.m. The program is open to the community. RSVP is required at https://event.akubo.com/v2/main.php?id=B1hA or www.ncjwaustin.org.
Location will be sent once NCJW receives RSVP. NCJW event attendees are encouraged to bring any feminine need products (or gift cards to HEB, Target, and similar stores) to help stock Magdalene House shelves.
"We’re opening our first house in Austin in 2019 to assist survivors of sex trafficking and addiction by changing their stories of abuse and victimization to stories of healing and transformation," said Marion Trapolino, president and co-founder of Magdalene House Austin.
Trapolino is trained as a social worker with clinical program administration and program development experience. She has worked as a social worker for Refugee Services of Texas. She chartered Magdalene House of Austin in 2016, due to a lack of long-term, holistic care for women survivors of sex trafficking and addiction.
"Our housing model is a holistic program that not only addresses recovery from trauma and addiction, but also provides the tools to thrive in the future. The system of recovery practiced at Magdalene is based on the twelve steps and twelve traditions of Narcotics Anonymous, with the individual typically leaving the program after two years," she explained.
Trapolino said, "Survivors work with the residential program director to develop an individualized recovery plan and connect to the services they need. In the first six months, women begin to heal from trauma and receive medical, dental, mental health and substance abuse counseling. As they progress through the program, they receive intensive educational programming that includes life skills, financial literacy and vocational training. We want to ensure that every resident has time and access to the services she needs to heal, be empowered and thrive." ■
For more information, visit magdaleneaustin.org.