Magdalene House Chicago is committed to sharing the mission of the community of Magdalene. That is by nurturing transformative, sustainable change for healing and freedom, Magdalene House Chicago stands in solidarity with women who have survived lives of trafficking, prostitution, addiction and homelessness. Magdalene is a recovery program for women who have histories of substance abuse and prostitution. It was founded in 1996 by Becca Stevens, an Episcopal priest and chaplain of St. Augustine's Church at Vanderbilt University.
The system of recovery practiced at Magdalene is based on the twelve steps and twelve traditions of Narcotics Anonymous. In addition to NA and counseling, the Magdalene program offers job and financial skills training to the women so that they may live productive lives free of criminal activity. An individual typically leaves the program after two years.
The Magdalene program requires that its participants find work after six months in recovery.
Magdalen House Chicago was invited by Trinity to give a presentation about the its mission for the Chicagoland area in 2016. Magdalene House Chicago is focusing its efforts on establishing a firm foundation within the region.