Gail Pearson, C'05
If there’s one thing Gail Pearson learned while at Mount St. Mary’s, it’s that “everybody is called to serve.” While still in her junior year, Gail began thinking about service work after college. As a theology major with plans to become a youth minister, Gail knew she would gain valuable experience. More than that, she wanted to spend time in “a place that would support my faith, challenge me and help me grow.”
Over the next two years, Gail researched different service opportunities throughout the country. She applied and was accepted to Maggie’s Place, a house of hospitality for expectant mothers in Phoenix, and signed on for a one-year commitment.
Gail learned quickly how challenging service work could be. One aspect that drew her to Maggie’s Place was “living in community with the moms, being involved in every aspect of their lives, right down to sharing bathrooms with them!” However, living in a house with three to five staff members, several pregnant women and any number of babies makes for an interesting situation! But Gail believes community living is essential to the ministry of Maggie’s Place: “We’re helping people who have fallen to get back up.”
Gail’s daily tasks range from planning fundraisers to counseling moms and overseeing other volunteers. She has been disciplinarian, comforter, friend, mentor and, perhaps most important, a Christian example and role model for the women at Maggie’s Place.
Gail has been with the organization for more than two years in various leadership roles and was chosen to open a new Maggie’s Place house in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. She has spent the past several months fundraising and preparing the house for the arrival of other staff and the moms sometime in January.
A strong supporter of the pro-life cause, Gail has found by volunteering at Maggie’s Place, she is “supporting life through supporting moms.” Her advice for students who may be considering service work is to “take advantage of your time at the Mount and find out what’s important to you. If you feel the call, don’t be bogged down by society’s pressures to get a ‘real’ job. If you have faith, God will take care of you.”