Katie Allston

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Katie Allston


A mom, runner, social worker and executive director—Katie Allston possesses a distinct kind of fire. One fueled by a belief in change, optimism and the beautiful things that happen when people are given a chance.

“I am passionate about helping others, and am especially passionate about showing people the love and care that they truly deserve.”

Katie is the Firesoul at the Marian House in Baltimore—a leading organization offering high quality rehabilitative services and housing to homeless women and their children.

Katie’s approach is rooted in empowerment—the Marian House works to inspire a kind of renewal through education and support for women who have been abused and disheartened. A core part of their program is self-reflection—enabling women to connect with their own thoughts and sentiments. “It’s a time during which they can invest in themselves and rebuild their lives in a healthy and holistic way. It is a time to overcome past traumas and prepare for a new life.”

Katie sees her Sacred Place as a key component of this renewal. She cares for the space, ensuring that it continues to inspire and offer a “soul-filled retreat for those who need it”. That it continues to offer nature, solace and beauty to women as they work to summon the courage and fortitude to heal from past traumas, break down barriers and move on to a healthy future.

“Inspiration? From God and our women – who are the strongest most amazing people I have ever had the privilege to know. And the other amazing people doing this work alongside me!”


Photo credit: Maureen Porto. 

My Sacred Place


Marian House

The mission of Marian House is to nurture self-esteem and give troubled women the tools they need to realize their full potential. The Outdoor Sculpture Garden came into being as an outgrowth of the work of Marian House. Four 6 ½ foot tall female caryatids sculpted in marble are mounted on the front façade of the large brick building.

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