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Construction underway at PSSM

Construction on two new villas at Providence Self-Sufficiency Ministries has already started.
Construction on two new villas at Providence Self-Sufficiency Ministries has already started.

It’s been a banner year for Providence Self-Sufficiency Ministries (PSSM), a ministry of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana.

In September, PSSM celebrated 20 years of success with an open house. During the open house, Sister Barbara Ann Zeller, CEO of PSSM, announced the facility had planned a capital campaign to raise funds for two new buildings.

The campaign – for an estimated $2 million – was intended to raise funds for two additional villas at PSSM. Both would be built on the west side of the campus, located in Georgetown, Indiana.

Sister Barbara said prior to the open house in September, PSSM had already conducted the silent portion of the campaign and raised more than $1.5 million.

Recently, Sister Barbara said the campaign is ongoing, but construction on the villas has already started.
“We began construction on the two villas in September and are placing the trusses now on one and will be doing the other one soon,” Sister Barbara said. “We continue to be on schedule in spite of the rain and delay from the state for our necessary permitting.”

One villa will be a replica of the others currently on the campus. It will be 7,100-square feet in size, while offering homes to 10 elders ages 60 and older. There will be private bedrooms with full private baths centered around a large living room with a fireplace, open kitchen and dining room.

The second villa will be smaller in size and will house only eight people. It is intended to accommodate elderly people who are suffering from memory loss and dementia.

The plans called for the building to be 6,000-square feet in size. Dining room furnishings will accommodate four persons. In addition, plans call for gliders and rockers to be placed in the hearth and living areas.

Additional features in the smaller building will include murals and a large patio and garden area equipped with resting stations and more.

The smaller building will have a staff-to-elder ratio of 1-to-2.

For more information on PSSM or to help with the current campaign, call 812-951-1878 or email sbarbara@pssmsi.org.

About the Sisters of Providence

The Sisters of Providence, a congregation of 214 women religious, with 300 Providence Associates, collaborate with others to create a more just and hope-filled world through prayer, education, service and advocacy. The Sisters of Providence have their motherhouse at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, located just northwest of downtown Terre Haute, Ind., which is now listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Saint Mother Theodore Guerin founded the Sisters of Providence at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods in 1840. Today, Sisters of Providence minister in 13 states, the District of Columbia and Asia, through works of love, mercy and justice. More information about the Sisters of Providence and their ministries can be found at SistersofProvidence.org.

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Jason Moon

Jason Moon serves as media relations manager for the Sisters of Providence. Previously, he spent more than 16 years in the newspaper industry.

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