Maggie’s Place Opening Doors August 1, 2009 

Cleveland Branch to Accommodate Nine Women

by Martin Barillas Thursday, July 09, 2009
For Immediate Release Maggie’s Place
July 2009 602.262.5555

CLEVELAND, OH; July 2009) — Maggie’s Place, a community of homes that provides warmth, stability and safety for pregnant women that are alone or homeless, has just completed the development of their newest home, located in Cleveland, Ohio and are set to open the doors on August 1, 2009. With the ability to accommodate up to nine women, Maggie’s Place is currently accepting expectant mothers in need.

The Cleveland home, named The Zechariah House after the biblical priest and father of John the Baptist, was graciously provided by Catholic Charities and the Diocese of Cleveland and possesses a unique historic lineage very fitting of its new tenants. Once a convent on a church property, the home was moved across town to its current location and operated back in the day as a maternity home for unwed teens in the 1970’s.

Now under the care of Maggie’s Place, the home welcomes women of any race and religion in need of shelter and community during pregnancy and the early months of parenting. “Research has shown that a stable environment with prenatal care and basic parenting skills has a positive and lasting impact on children, and therefore, on all society,” says Mary Peterson, co-founder and Executive Director of Maggie’s Place.

Founded by Peterson and four other women who had a vision of welcoming women in difficult situations into a dignified and loving home, Maggie’s Place came to fruition on Mother’s Day 2000 with the opening of their first home, The Magdalene House, bringing in five expectant women. Nine years and over 275 mothers later, Maggie’s Place has expanded its operations, incorporating new communities in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho and now Cleveland, Ohio, and operates a total of 5 homes.

“We saw the need for a home in Cleveland to support expectant mothers who are alone or without a place to live. We focus on honoring and respecting the innate dignity of the mothers who join our community, and we strive to create an environment profoundly respectful and affirming to the mother and the life that she carries.”
For media inquiries, please contact Lynda Crone at 602.262.5555

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