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St. Margaret's House Happenings is a quarterly newsletter designed to keep our friends in the community informed about the many happenings at St. Margaret's. It is published by the Board of St. Margaret's House, Denise Berscheit, chair. Use the links below to read the latest edition online and don't forget to join our mailing list!


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Bits and Pieces
Our volunteers sweeten our day

St. Margaret's House would not be who we are without the help and support of our Volunteers. On June 2nd we were able to celebrate our volunteers and try our best to express how thankful we are fo... {read full story}

news from the art room

For the past 25 years St. Margaret’s House has received tireless support from the community of St. James Cathedral. On May 15th we were honored to present the community of St. James with a... {read full story}

Spruce up before summer

As we get ready for Summer 2016 we are excited for the sprucing up of our sound boards on the first floor. We are thankful to all of our artists and our Director of Art Programming, Mary Fran fo... {read full story}

Renovations Continue

  We rang in the New Year finishing the renovation of our 3rd floor space. With that space looking nice and new it was time to spruce up the 2nd floor. In May we decided to tackle this by ... {read full story}

We are so grateful!

St. Margaret’s House is grateful for the ongoing commitment of the Pokagon Fund.  In a recent grant the Pokagon Fund showed their support of St. Margaret’s House with a $10,0... {read full story}

Music to Our Ears

The South Bend Symphony to Go treated St. Margaret's House women, children and staff to a concert. A single violin started Amazing Grace and was joined by the cello and the rest of the strings.... {read full story}

Artist Spotlight: Karen Sue Janowiak

  Karen Sue Janowiak has always been passionate about arts and she always knew that arts would be a big part of her life. Starting as a teenager, she participated in a junior achievement... {read full story}


Donate to St. Margaret’s House on May 5 and Give Local St. Joseph County will double your gift!  This is a one day event where the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County will matc... {read full story}

Winter Walk 2014

There comes a certain point in every winter, where enough is enough. The sky is gray, the air is cold, and the everlasting winter drags on and on. While it may seem like the perfect oppo... {read full story}

Our Rain Barrel Project

Nine women of St. Margaret’s House—Aileen, Andrea, Audrey, Debra, Fanny, Joyce, Juanita, and Shenell—worked hard throughout this past spring with our Art Programs to de... {read full story}

Annual Guest Picnic: A Huge Success

The annual guest picnic on July 24 marked our biggest guest picnic ever! Over 190 women and children joined us in Leeper Park to celebrate each other and the summer. Every year the picnic includes... {read full story}

St. Margaret's House goes to the ZOO!

The St. Margaret's House tradition of a summer zoo trip continued in June as the ladies packed up and headed for a day of fun at the Potawatomi Zoo. The day was jammed packed with fun, as the... {read full story}

Artist Spotlight

  On the Silk Creations web page, we will feature one artist each month as a way for patrons to get to know the artists behind the beautiful scarves they purchase. This mo... {read full story}

Women's History Lunch

  On March 20th, we celebrated Women’s History Month. Everyone enjoyed a meal of barbeque chicken, greens, Mexican bean salad, Kenyan rice, corn bread and hot fudge sundae cake pre... {read full story}

Artist Spotlight

  On the Silk Creations web page, we will feature one artist each month as a way for patrons to get to know the artists behind the beautiful scarves they purchase. This month, we feat... {read full story}

Winter Walk 2013: a Huge Success!

677 walkers joined us on Sunday, February 17th for our annual Winter Walk. They braved the sunny but cold weather to walk in solidarity with the women and children of St. Margaret's Ho... {read full story}

Artist Spotlight

On the Silk Creations web page, we will feature one artist each month as a way for patrons to get to know the artists behind the beautiful scarves they purchase. This month, we fea... {read full story}

Fashioning Our Lives 2012

Thank you to all those who attended the Fashioning Our Lives luncheon in November. The event was a great success, and almost 350 guests attended the luncheon, fashion show and silent art auction. ... {read full story}

Santa has arrived!

Our Christmas Shoppe is now open for the women of St. Margaret’s House, and will be available for them every day leading up to Christmas. The store will provide over 700 women and children... {read full story}

Great Time at Guest Picnic!

The 2012 St. Margaret’s House annual picnic at Leeper Park was a smashing success! Thanks to the assistance of alums and family volunteers from Notre Dame, over 120 sack lunches were packe... {read full story}

Silk Creations Spotlight

On the Silk Creations web page, one artist will be featured each month as a way for patrons to get to know the artists behind the beautiful scarves they purchase. Our first featured artist is... {read full story}

A day at the zoo

On June 24th, 35 women and children enjoyed our annual children's program trip to the zoo.  Funding was provided by Saint Mary's College and transportation by Little Flower.   The guests ... {read full story}

Women in History

Women play an important role in history and to recognize March as women's history month, SMH had a visit from 8 notable women in history, including Amelia Earhart, Madonna, Mahalia Jackson, Michell... {read full story}

WBOM Styling in Their Silk Creations Scarves

Women Business Owners of Michiana also known as WBOM celebrated their 20th anniversary in style this showing off their fashion sense with SIlk Creations. The group commissione... {read full story}

Winter Walk 2012 A HUGE SUCCESS!

Mother nature smiled down on us on February 19, with sunny skys and no snow!  The beautiful weather brought out record crowds for our annual Winter Walk!  638 people came to show their su... {read full story}

Volunteer Luncheon done Aussie style!

Over 70 volunteers were present to enjoy the atmosphere and ambience of the outback at our annual volunteer luncheon.  The luncheon was held this year at OutBack Steakhouse where volunteers en... {read full story}

Volunteers = Amore

On June 1st, St. Margaret's House celebrated it's volunteers with a luncheon at Carrabba's Italian Restaurant.  Pat Marvel, SMH volunteer coordinator presented the volunteers with awards for 5... {read full story}

Sweet Sounds

On April 28, 2010 5 members of the South Bend Symphony Orchestra came to St. Margaret’s House through the Symphony to Go program.  The string ensemble played a wide variety of pieces f... {read full story}

SMH awarded Creative Services Grant from monkeyhouse Marketing for 2009

If you like this fantastic website, thank Denise Crowel of Monkeyhouse Marketing and Design. We love it and are grateful to her and her staff.  In August of 2008, Monkeyhouse Marketing and ... {read full story}

Nationwide Janitorial Helps SMH Make a Clean Sweep

Dan and Carol Draper, owners of Nationwide Janitorial recently donated their services to clean and polish our hard floors as well as clean the carpets. Their crew did a fantastic job.&nbs... {read full story}


March has been a full month with programming for the Guests of SMH. We started the month with a "Baby Shower" for women at least three months pregnant. The staff from Memorial Hospital's ... {read full story}

Shortcakes on the Blacktop

June 9th may have started out rainy and dreary, but that didn't dampen the spirits of those that helped with the annual Shortcakes on the Blacktop.  A fundraiser organized by St. James Cathedr... {read full story}

SMH Founder Passes Away

With heavy hearts St. Margaret's House announces the passing of our founder Deacon Sarah Tracy. The following is an excerpt from the story of SMH and Sarah Tracy. In 1988-89, Sarah Tracy began... {read full story}

Compassion is a Work of Art 2011

Compassion is a Work of Art is a fund-raiser put on by Raymond James and Associates.  Raymond James and Associates is a company that offers financial planning. In it's 5th year the event o... {read full story}

New play area developed

This area was recently remodeled with a focus on the mother's playing with their children.  The extreme makeover to the second floor play area was provided by Memorial BrainWorks.  T... {read full story}

SMH Guests show their Support

SMH guests wear matching Breast Cancer Awareness shirts that were donated by Memorial Hospital.  October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. ... {read full story}

Photographers highlight silk creations

Last year, photographers Smruti Damania and Armand Poblete graciously gave of their time to photograph those involved in Silk Creations. They quietly observed the happenings of the art studio fo... {read full story}

20th anniversary open house

On September 16th, over 200 members of the community came to celebrate our 20th anniversary.  Despite the rainy afternoon, many joined in our open house that included hor d'oeuvres, desserts, ... {read full story}

St. Margaret's House is growing

SMH has recently added to its staff of 7 a Fund Development Coordinator, Tamara McGill, and two Guest Services Assistants, Pauletta Washington and Sr. Betty Smoyer.  While some other changes t... {read full story}

Lemonade Stand With a Purpose

Lemonade stands are a rite of summer for children across the country.  So many of us can remember  a childhood that includes a card table at the end of the driveway with a stack of Dixi... {read full story}

St. Margaret's House the 2012 Recipient of The Leighton Award For Nonprofit Excellence

St. Margaret's House is humbled and honored to receive the 2012 Leighton Award for Nonprofit Excellence.  This competitive award, in it's 13th year, is presented annually to a St. Joseph Count... {read full story}

Leighton Award for NOn-Profit Excellence

On August 25th, The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County awarded St. Margaret's House the special recognition award for non profit excellence.  This $10,000 Special Recognition award is ... {read full story}

Kids day at the zoo

  During the summer, we love to have kids come in with their moms! Every summer we have interns working especially with the kids, brainstorming fun activities and events to do through... {read full story}

Guest Retreat

Our annual guest retreat was held on Friday, April 30, 2010.  Eleven guests attended this day-long retreat held at Augusta Hall on the beautiful St. Mary’s Campus.  The retreat, t... {read full story}

SMH Celebrates Women's History Month

This year for March, Women’s History Month, we decided to celebrate our women that are continuing their education either through GED programs or attending college.  We allowed women t... {read full story}

Summer Children's Program in Full Swing

Meeghan Miller, a Notre Dame student serving as a summer service intern leads the charge in tasting the left over icing after baking cupcakes with St. Margaret's House guests.  Meeghan, a n... {read full story}

Black history luncheon feeds the mind and body

February is Black History Month every year the guests plan, prepare and serve a soul food lunch.  On February 23, 2011 the menu was fried chicken, collard greens, candied sweet potatoes, co... {read full story}

Bike Giveaway

After doing a bicycle drive for us, Spin Zone Cycling Outfitters in Granger donated 4 adult bikes and 7 children’s bikes.  To give out the bikes SMH staff asked the women and children... {read full story}

Mutual of Omaha Sponors SMH's aha Moment!

Check out our Assistant Director as she talks about her aha, moment. Pat's aha moment ... {read full story}

SMH guests celebrate 20th anniversary

On July 16th the women, staff, and volunteers of St. Margaret’s House looked back over the past twenty years.  When everyone gathered for circle, before lunch, the guests were invited ... {read full story}

Steps for success

Several women of SMH attended the popular Steps for Success program facilitated by Pauletta Washington.  The class focuses on resume writing, interview etiquette and dress, and banking 101 w... {read full story}

Current Wishlist

The following is a list of items St. Margaret's House is currently in need of. These simple items will go a long way to help meet the needs of our guests.