A place to drop by, meet new people, expand your mind, get support, have a coffee, hear an interesting speaker or build skills at a workshop, come to a game night– a place to be you, in community.
Maggie’s Place is a center at Mishkan Chicago dedicated to building community through a holistic approach to wellness– social, spiritual, mental and emotional– through Jewish learning, leadership opportunities, social community, and access to social services and resources. Established in Maggie Miretzky’s memory by the Miretzky family, Maggie’s Place creates new ways to meet people, build friendships, and provide support to all people regardless of background, affiliation or ability to pay. We’re excited to bring a variety of programs and experiences to Maggie’s Place. For example:
- Support groups
- Regular drop-in nights in partnership with No Shame on U.
- Themed Shabbat dinners
- Meditation & yoga
- Workshops on wellness, healthy relationships and life skills
- One-on-one meetings between staff and participants
Imagine What’s Possible
Since launching Maggie’s Place in January 2017, we’ve seen friendships develop, individuals in need gain access to social services, and a new cross section of our community emerge with a shared goal of nurturing the mind, body and spirit. Maggie’s Place makes a difference.
715 unique participants have attended 81 programs.
187 people have had one-on-one meetings with Director of Community Engagement & Wellness, Ellie Spitz, LCSW.
42 people have received referrals for ongoing services or care for issues ranging from substance abuse to depression to career support.
2 foundation grants were secured (from the Slingshot Chicago Fund + the Bruce C. Abrams Foundation) to support the work of Maggie’s Place.
Don’t just take our word for it. Testimonials from a few participants:
“The programming that you are doing for Maggie’s Place is really good. I mean REALLY good and it’s hard to find good…. I’m making a small donation because it’s amazing that these programs are free and I know it’s not free to run them. Please keep doing this!”
“I was able to feel validated in my confusion about gender identities and felt comfortable to ask all the questions that normally I’m afraid to ask.”
Food For The Soul
Food For The Soul, the Maggie’s Place first ever annual fundraiser, was a massive success. We’re thrilled to have hosted over 200 people at the elegant 33rd floor of Willis Tower to mingle over meaningful conversation, celebrate the life of Maggie, and ensure Maggie’s Place can continue to thrive and provide support to those who need it most. Check out some inspiring images from the evening.
From Sharon, Alan & Molly
Dear friends, we can hardly believe how much Maggie’s Place has accomplished since its launch just under one year ago. With your support, we’re so excited to build on this success in 2018 and beyond! We’re reaching out to possible institutional partners, building our advisory board, and thinking about how we can grow this program to multiple sites and impact even more people. We’re so grateful for our partners at Mishkan Chicago for helping get Maggie’s Place off the ground and helping us to build something that honors Maggie’s legacy of helping others. Thank you for helping make Maggie’s Place possible and for continuing to support this important work. Lots of love and all the best in 2018.
Maggie Miretzky was a beautiful and kind daughter, sister, cousin and friend.
She would bend over backwards to help out her family and friends, and to make brighter the lives of those who knew her. She was at the top of her class at Walter Payton High School, attended Northwestern University, and was a practicing doula–a quintessential service profession that perfectly captured Maggie’s generous spirit. She also loved tennis and softball, took pride in all things Jewish, could recite the dialogue from “Friends” from memory, and was known amongst family and friends for her quick wit and classic ‘Maggie-isms.’ Maggie Place is our way of paying tribute to Maggie’s memory, establishing her legacy and continuing her life’s work of helping others.
Support Maggie's Place
Your support will secure Maggie’s legacy and directly impact young adults in the Mishkan community and beyond.