Located in Tyler, The Magdalene Home is a safe and nurturing “real home” environment where pregnant mothers find support, both emotionally and spiritually, as they receive life skills classes, education, medical care, counseling, and learn about the love of Jesus. Whether the mother is choosing between parenting or adoption, The Magdalene Home helps lay the foundation for success for both the mother and baby.
As founder and executive director of The Magdalene Home, Wendi Rees, is a witness to how our community sees a need and comes together to make sure that need is met.
“I have seen God move in the hearts of His people in Tyler,” Mrs. Rees said. “Local churches, businesses, and community leaders have come together to make The Magdalene Home a reality is a very short amount of time. We are so excited to see how God continues to use the people of Tyler to fulfill His purpose in the lives of the young women and babies that we serve.”
The Magdalene Home invites the community to the Lovin’ on Kids Benefit Festival to be held from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 16, at Bergfeld Park. With the purchase of dollar tickets, families can take part in the many children’s activities and purchase food and drinks. The first 2,000 families will receive a free backpack filled with goodies. Those in attendance are asked to bring non-perishable food or household items to help the residents of The Magdalene Home. All proceeds from Lovin’ on Kids will benefit the organization. Mrs. Rees serves as the co-chair for the event along with Gillian Sheridan, news anchor for KYTX CBS 19.
“Not everyone can give financially to the causes they feel passionate about, but everyone can do something to help others by using their time and talents or by just attending a fun event and fundraiser like Lovin’ on Kids,” Mrs. Rees said. “Because I feel God saved me from a life headed for destruction and loved me unconditionally, I don’t consider my service to The Magdalene House volunteering. I’m just being obedient and serving the Lord because of how much He loves me.”
Born in Kankakee, Illinois, Mrs. Rees has resided in the Tyler community for 12 years. She is a graduate of Dallas Christian School in Mesquite, Texas, and attended Dallas Baptist University in Dallas, Texas. Mrs. Rees and her husband, Jim, have been married for almost 16 years and are the parents of Jace, 14, Jaxon, 12, Jenna, 4, and Jessa, 2. The Rees family attends CrossPointe Community Church in Tyler.
“Tyler is the most generous community I have ever encountered. The Lovin’ on Kids Benefit Festival has been a huge undertaking, and I would never want to do an event of this magnitude anywhere else. I invite all families to come enjoy the day and have a great time while benefitting a great cause,” Mrs. Rees said.
For more information about The Magdalene House or about the Lovin’ on Kids Benefit Festival, please visit www.themagdalenehome.com, or call 844-4BABY-MOM.