The Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown welcomed about 300 family members, friends and members of the media to an Open House April 29, 2012, which offered tours of our new living spaces in Phase I of the Motherhouse Reconfiguration Project and refreshments in our dining hall.
The guests toured our 24 barrier-free living spaces, private, handicapped-accessible bathrooms and common spaces, which were created following Universal Design principles to accomplish a few important updates. First, they help ensure the safety of aging Sisters who have faithfully served generations in our community. It used to be that our rooms were cramped, our corridors were dark, and there was a central bathroom and showering area for all to use. Now, the corridors and rooms are well lit and bright and safety components have been installed.
Our Motherhouse is nearly 50 years old, and like all older homes, it was in need of critical updates in plumbing, electrical components, and heating and ventilation systems. The changes have brought our building’s infrastructure into the 21st century.
And finally, we’re expanding the space the Sisters can use for ministry at site. The Ursuline Sisters are committed to using their resources for mission and the common good.
In May 2012, construction will begin on Phase II of the Reconfiguration Project – the establishment of 12 apartments for senior citizens of limited income. This project will create 12 barrier-free apartments with private bathrooms as well as a lounge, storage, and mechanical spaces in The Ursuline Center, which will provide safe and affordable housing for local senior citizens of moderate Social-Security income.