On May 20th. Maryhouse celebrated mother's day.
The hospitality shelter's Mother's Day brunch was hosted by the National Charity League, a national philanthropic organization which aims to cultivate mother-daughter relationships through community service, leadership development and cultural experiences.
The celebration which took place in the garden behind Maryhouse was especially sweet for the guests of Maryhouse who often exist in spaces that are traumatic and full of crisis. At the brunch, guests had the opportunity to slowdown and savor the simple indulgence of a celebration -- a toast to their roles as mothers, sisters, daughters and friends. They were greeted with corsages and treated to a delectable feast composed of french toast casserole, egg casserole, buttery croissants, bacon, muffins, cupcakes and fresh sliced fruit.
They were waited on by staff and volunteers.
"At our mother's day celebration, our guests are just generally treated like the wonderful women that they are," Shannon Stevens, the director of Maryhouse said. "It is nice to have a day where our only job is to be present in a celebratory manner. We wait on guests, laugh and tell stories. Unlike routine days, when we are doing more intervention, the brunch is a real chance to slow down and enjoy everyone around us. It's also incredible to have the opportunity to recognize the worthiness and radiance of our guests."
The guests' portraits were taken and they received gift bags with sunglasses, body spray, make up and a gift card.
"This is amazing! I've never been treated like a princess before," one guest said.