Pool Improvements at Motherhouse

While we can’t yet continue all of our Ursuline Education & Wellness Center programs, we’re utilizing the down-time to prepare for when we can.

This includes focusing on improvements to property and equipment.

“Since we already had to curtail public offerings, this was a good time to tackle upgrades with the least disruption to services,” states Sister Mary McCormick, our General Superior.

One such capital improvement project added more than $41,000 in upgrades to the Motherhouse pool, which in normal times is utilized for classes six days a week. Offered there are SilverSneakers water classes, water aerobics, classes for those with arthritis, swim lessons and more.

Linda Reinthaler, left, is the director of Motherhouse Operations and oversaw the pool upgrades. With her is Sister Nancy Pawlen, who oversees our Pool Ministry programs.

These improvements include new parts to make the pool system run more efficiently. It also was drained and painted.

Nearly $10,000 more has been invested to improve the main Motherhouse entrance.

If you haven’t visited our campus for a while, you’ll see upon your return that we completed the $325,000 repaving project for the Motherhouse campus’ drives and parking areas. The project also increased available spaces, doubling the amount of handicapped-accessible parking.

In the last nine years, we’ve invested more than $8 million in upgrades and expansions at the Motherhouse campus.

“Before the pandemic hit, we had approximately 1,500 people coming to the Motherhouse campus monthly for programs, school, as visitors, to work and live,” Sister Mary says.

In addition to being the main living quarters for most of our 33 Sisters, the Motherhouse campus is home to the central offices for Ursuline Ministries, Ursuline Sisters HIV/AIDS Ministry, Ursuline Preschool & Kindergarten, Ursuline Education & Wellness Center and Ursuline Sisters Senior Living.

“The Ursuline Sisters have been in the Youngstown area since 1874,” Sister Mary observes. “We have a strong past, a vibrant present, and are committed to serving the people in Mahoning, Trumbull and Ashtabula counties for generations to come.”