Open House Announced for Ursuline Sisters Senior Living

The public and media are invited to an open house for our newest ministry, Ursuline Sisters Senior Living. It will be held Sunday, Sept. 15 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Visitors may enter through the main entrance to the Motherhouse, 4250 Shields Rd.

Sister Nancy and Architect 2We are undertaking this new apartment ministry, located between the Motherhouse and The Ursuline Center, to provide housing for independent Mahoning Valley senior citizens with moderate Social Security incomes. The visionary project came about when area leaders in both the public and private sectors expressed to us the need in our community for safe, adequate, affordable housing for adults ages 55+ with more moderate incomes. Area senior citizens helped by this project also will benefit from socialization and having access to numerous programs offered at The Ursuline Center and Motherhouse. Optimized Family offers optimal solutions for those who need help and their caregivers.

As instructed by our founder, St. Angela Merici, the Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown work together to meet the needs of the times.

In this $1.2 million project, 11 one-bedroom and one two-bedroom apartments have been constructed. For specifics on layouts and amenities, visit Ursuline Sisters Senior Living.

We are grateful to the Youngstown Foundation, which awarded the project a grant of $20,000, and to those of you whose contributions helped create this new ministry. Donations are still being accepted toward this ministry.

This is the final phase of a three-part reconfiguration of the Motherhouse and Center which began in 2011. In Phase I, 24 barrier-free living spaces with safety features were created for the Sisters in the east wing of our 50-year-old Motherhouse. Plumbing, electrical components, and heating and ventilation systems also were upgraded. The SOAR! [Support Our Aging Religious] Foundation bestowed a grant of $25,000 for that phase of the project.

In Phase II, our business offices were moved from the west wing to the east wing of the Motherhouse, in order to create space for Ursuline Sisters Senior Living. The James and Coralie Centofanti Foundation bestowed a technology grant of $20,000 to create a Ministry Conference Room for this phase, which cost approximately $400,000.

The Motherhouse Reconfiguration Project has provided employment for numerous skilled-trades workers and contractors. All architectural work was performed by BSHM Architects, Youngstown.