Spring / Summer 09

Over the past year, I’ve been fortunate to visit the spaces of St. Margaret’s House, a safe and caring day center for women and children in need located in downtown South Bend. It’s hard for me to describe, but there’s just something about these spaces each time I enter – 
a sense of high energy, yet peace, that I feel even before you open the door, as though you imagine it feeling as you’re about to enter the gates of heaven.

There’s this sense of urgency to open the door and enter these caring spaces. It’s visitors walk a fast pace up to the door as if in a rush to get to the day’s activities. And, once entered, the energy only increases as you pass the many smiling faces of the women of St. Margaret’s House.

One would expect to see quite the opposite given the difficulties that many of the women find themselves in. But whether it’s one of the many volunteers or guests on any given day, the sad and depressed faces turn to smiles, happiness and laughter as the women enter the doors and embark together on their path to a better life.

We are fortunate to have many caring spaces for people in need in
our community.

Inside this issue of Life + Spaces, read about the Ronald McDonald House at Memorial Hospital in South Bend and their very special caring spaces for families of seriously ill children. This home-away-from-home and caring environment could not be more welcome to families experiencing the most tragic of circumstances.

Denise Crowell
Denise Crowel
Editor & Publisher


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