Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Thanksgiving for Donna Grayer

Magdalene's Beloved Program Director: 
Donna Grayer

We want to salute the Director of our Program Services Team.

In 2004 Donna Grayer came to work at Magdalene as our Clinical Director. While she brought more than 20 years of clinical experience working with homeless and addicted adults to our programs, it is what she brings to her work everyday for which we are most grateful.

As this Thanksgiving approaches, we are mindful of Donna's steady, compassionate, and thoughtful presence that allows residents, staff and volunteers to find a place in our community for growth and recovery.

Here are some of the things residents and grads have said about her:

When I went into the program, I felt like nothing, and Ms. Donna was the light at the end of the tunnel. She showed me how to be a woman. At the beginning, we all feel like dirt on the ground and unworthy. She shows and reminds us that we are women who should be treated with dignity and respect. She is my stepping stone. 
- Shelby

To me, Donna is the glue that holds the programming team together. She also really helps the women with their mental issues. In my eyes, she's a mentor. She's the person who helped me believe in myself--that I could do anything." 
- Shelia

Ms. Donna is a loving, nurturing woman who is willing to take time out to help other people with their problems. She helps us keep our issues and communication at 'level one. 

Ms. Donna is my mentor. She's a good person to talk to, and she's a wonderful listener. 

She's my momma away from home. 
- Jordan

Thank you Donna for your love, commitment and passion that has made the difference in the lives of so many women!  We love you!


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