Magdalene House
of Austin

Heal. Empower. THRIVE.


We anticipate accepting residents beginning in 2019. 

We are not currently receiving referrals.


In April 2018, Magdalene House of Austin purchased a house, which will become the refuge of the survivors as they begin their journey of healing. Certain upgrades and renovations are needed before we can welcome our first residents. 

Immediate needs include the following:

  • Window replacements: $10,000 (to replace 1950's louvered windows)

  • Retrofit duct system to add air conditioning: $5,500

  • Half bathroom remodel: $5,000 (to transform it into a full bathroom)

  • Full bathroom partial remodel: $2,500 (new toilet, bath, tile, double vanity)

  • Wood floors refinished: $1,000

  • New lighting: $1,000

With your help, we can prepare to welcome home the first residents of Magdalene House, Austin in the fall of 2018. We thank you for your support. 

Magdalene House of Austin a private 501(c)3 organization in good standing. All donations are tax-deductible.





Did you know that human trafficking is happening right here in our community? 

In January, 2017, The Statewide Human Trafficking Mapping Project of Texas released an in-depth report of the state of Human Trafficking in Texas. The study made several groundbreaking discoveries of a historically underreported reality:

  • There are an estimated 313,000 victims of human trafficking in Texas.
  • There are approximately 79,000 minor and youth victims of sex trafficking in Texas.
  • Sex trafficking costs the state costs approximately $6.6 billion.

The National Human Trafficking Hotline reports:

  • Texas ranked second in the nation for tips received by the hotline in 2016. It made up about 8% of the volume received. 

The Department of Public Safety indicates:

  • 12-14 is the average age a female victim is first trafficked. 
  • 53 runaways reported being victimized while they were on run away status in 2016.  This population is targeted by human traffickers.


Austin is located in what is known as "the triangle". Victims are often transported between Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio, of which Austin centrally located. Big events and crowds in these cities provide an environment in which human trafficking often occurs. 

The Texas Tribune recently published a series of articles illuminating the depth of the problem in Texas. 

Magdalene House, Austin was chartered in 2016 due to a lack of long-term, holistic care for women in the Austin area who have survived sex trafficking, prostitution, addiction, and abuse. Magdalene, Austin is the first organization in Austin offering a complete long-term sanctuary for transformation, and the time and space for healing, recovery, education and employment.



  1. Providing a 24 month, rent-free, home environment based on a community living model
  2. Empowering residents to live honest, sober, and self-sufficient lives
  3. Arranging medical care and therapy
  4. Equipping residents with educational and paid vocational opportunities, with the goal to work towards economic independence
  5. Fostering self-understanding through personal and spiritual growth
  6. Offering the time and support needed to recover from childhood abuse and to fully understand the role it plays in trafficking, abuse and addiction
 Tiffany, a 2017 graduate of our sister organization in Nashville.

Tiffany, a 2017 graduate of our sister organization in Nashville.

In order to welcome women home off the streets, we are in the process of buying the house, which will become the refuge of the survivors as they begin their journey of healing. This three bedroom house, with a tranquil outdoor space, in a safe community, and near public transportation will be the home to the women while they receive psychological and medical treatment, an education and job training. With your help, we can prepare to welcome home the first residents of Magdalene House, Austin in the Fall of 2018!


Magdalene House of Austin has chosen to build upon the incredibly successful model that originated in Nashville 20 years ago. Since opening, Magdalene, Nashville has graduated over 80% of the women who have entered its community. It currently provides housing for up to 32 women and serves hundreds more with advocacy and referral services. This means we are not reinventing the wheel, and we are gaining a network of sister organizations in cities across the country. With this myriad of partners, advocates, and organizations, we stand united in belief that love is the most powerful force for change in the world. 

Story of the founding of Thistle Farms, our sister organization in Nashville.

Mission & Vision


Create a community built on long-term holistic care serving women who have survived sex trafficking, prostitution, addiction and abuse.


Provide sanctuary for transformation while offering time and space for healing, recovery, education and employment.


Board of Directors

Founding Board members of Magdalene House of Austin


Marion Trapolino, President 

Marion is trained as a  social worker with clinical program administration and program development experience.  Her duties include advising on clinical and general program development, and general administration of the project during the development phase until an Executive Director is hired. 

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The REv. Beth Magill, Vice President 

Beth is an ordained Episcopal priest currently working with the Episcopal Diocese of Texas. She was inspired by the work of Magdalene House, Nashville through fellow Episcopal priest and founder, The Rev. Becca Stevens. Beth is dedicated to creating a community where women can experience the transformation of healing that can happen in community. Her experience is in ministry, program development, and fundraising. Her duties include advising on fundraising, ministerial and general program development, and general administration of the project.


Andy Bush, Treasurer

Andy is an entrepreneurial business owner, an economist, and a policy, program and data analyst.  His duties include advising on organizational start up and development, program development, and data collection and analysis. 

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kim tesarek, LEGAL COUNSEL

Kim Tesarek is an Austin area attorney that assists Magdalene House with legal matters, from formation to achievement of 501(c)(3) status and ongoing legal affairs.  She also leads the Magdalene House’s technology and marketing team. Since graduating from Harvard Law School in 2012, Kim has advocated for underserved women and children throughout the Austin area. She is eager to be a part of the first house and long-term rehabilitation program in Austin for women survivors of human trafficking.  



Valerie Parker

Valerie Parker is a native Austinite who lives with her husband Chico and their two children. Valerie earned both her B.A. in Psychology (’03) and her M.S. in Clinical Psychology (’07) from Southern Methodist University.  As well as being a Founding Board Member of Magdalene House Austin, she also serves on the Boards of Dell Children’s Medical Center Foundation, Anti-Defamation League- Austin, Casa Montessori, and Chaparral Foundation.


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Bess Carsner 

Bess serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors. She is an elementary school educator and community advocate. Bess volunteers over 100 hours a year at St. David's Episcopal Church, St. David's Episcopal School, St. Matthew's Episcopal School, and in the Austin Independent School District. Bess advises the Board of Directors on fundraising, community engagement, and relations with other Austin non-profits. Bess feels passionate about providing a safe place for women to heal and feel love, so that they may live happy productive lives.


Alison Dalton 

Alison Dalton is a community volunteer and mother of three. She holds bachelor's degree in Corporate Communications and Public Affairs from SMU. She formerly worked for ExxonMobil in the public affairs division where she contributed on everything from internal communications to media relations to coordinating photography for their annual report. Prior to ExxonMobil Alison worked in Dallas for various public relations agencies. Since moving to Austin in 2014, Alison has served on the Elizabeth Ann Seton Board, The Dell Children's Trust and Communities in Schools.  Alison and her husband Ryan are thrilled to call Austin home. 

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