Ursuline Sisters Receive Grant from Mahoning Valley Hospital Foundation

The Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown have received a $250,000 grant award from the Mahoning Valley Hospital Foundation of Canfield. The grant, which will be dispersed over five years, supports Ursuline Sisters Senior Living. This ministry provides safe and secure homes for independent adults age 55 and over of moderate income. The apartments are located in the Ursuline Center wing of the Ursuline Sisters Motherhouse complex on Shields Road, Canfield, Ohio, USA.

With the completion last November of the most recent phase of construction, USSL now features 21 apartments that house 23 residents. The apartments were designed with the needs of older residents in mind, featuring walk-in showers, numerous grab-bars in the bathrooms, higher electric outlets and en-suite laundry facilities. Further, two of the apartments were constructed to be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

“As Ursuline Sisters, we work to meet the needs of the times. We’ve expanded our Senior Living ministry to help meet the need in our community for safe and secure housing for independent mature adults of moderate income,” states Sister Mary McCormick, general superior. “This expansion creates homes for five additional people with two two-bedroom apartments and one efficiency apartment. Storage spaces for the occupants also were created.”

Residents of Ursuline Sisters Senior Living have access to numerous programs on-site offered through the Ursuline Education & Wellness Center, Sister Mary adds, such as SilverSneakers land and water classes, educational and spiritual programs.

“The Ursuline Sisters have a long history of caring for people locally and the Mahoning Valley Hospital built its reputation doing the same, though through different means,” states Mike Senchak, president and chief executive officer of the Mahoning Valley Hospital Foundation. “This grant represents an investment in the future by both organizations with confidence that this collaboration provides for the well-being of mature, independent adults in our community for generations.”

The Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown are Catholic nuns who, since 1874, have responded together to the most critical needs of people in northeast Ohio. In addition to Ursuline Sisters Senior Living, the Sisters’ ministries include Beatitude House, Ursuline Sisters HIV/AIDS Ministry, The Ursuline Education & Wellness Center, and Ursuline Preschool & Kindergarten.

“We’re very grateful for this grant from the Mahoning Valley Hospital Foundation and its continued support of our vibrant ministries, as well as many other worthwhile projects in our community,” Sister Mary continues. “Mike Senchak and the MVHF board have done much good in the Mahoning Valley.

From left are Ursuline Sisters Senior Living resident Sally Dailey, Sister Mary McCormick, general superior of the Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown, Mike Senchak, president and chief executive officer of the Mahoning Valley Hospital Foundation, and Peggy Eicher, director of Ursuline Sisters Senior Living.

The Mahoning Valley Hospital Foundation was created in 2009 after the sale of the former Mahoning Valley Hospital, an acute-care facility located in Boardman. Mike Senchak helped found the facility and served as the hospital’s president and chief executive officer during its nine-year existence. With the assets from the sale, Senchak organized the foundation in order to continue the hospital’s good work in the community.