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New life for Owens Hall

In November, the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) awarded tax credits for St. Mary’s Senior Housing project. This will allow Owens Hall at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods to be developed into apartments serving low-income seniors. Flaherty & Collins Properties of Indianapolis will develop and manage the project. Construction could begin as soon as the fall of 2019. If all goes as planned, the site could be open for occupancy as soon as early 2021.

St. Mary’s Senior Housing will include 64 restricted-income apartments and four market-rate apartments. There will be a mix of both one-bedroom/one-bath and two-bedroom/two-bath apartments. Rent for the apartments will depend on renters’ income and eligibility will be based on the area median income for Vigo County.

Flaherty & Collins will be developing a webpage for potential residents. Application for rental can be made no sooner than 90 days before taking residence.

The Sisters of Providence are honored to be able to work on this project with Flaherty & Collins and to be able to offer affordable housing for seniors in the greater Wabash Valley community at Saint Mary-of-the-
Woods.


It was so great to talk with you!

Your gifts to the Sisters of Providence annual phonathon are an important part in helping bring about our mission and ministries. As of April 24, we have received 1,132 gifts for a total of $132,047 from your phonathon pledges. Thank you for your generosity! Please know the sisters pray for you and all our benefactors every day.

Our relationship with you is important to us. If you did not get a call from a sister and would like to receive one, please call us at 812-535-2800.
Thank you for taking our calls. Thank you for sharing your stories with us. And thank you so much for helping the Sisters of Providence.


Bring the sisters to your neck of the woods

The Sisters of Providence & Providence Associates are excited to share our mission! We are ready to visit your church, civic group or home to share our mission and ministries.

Would you and your group like to learn more about Saint Mother Theodore Guerin? The Sisters of Providence? Saint Mary-of-the-Woods? Simply make the request and we will do our best to come to your gathering. Might distance prevent our coming to you? Not to worry! We can send video, print materials, even speaking points to help you share the story. And don’t forget, we can also arrange a tour of Saint Mary’s if would like to come to the Woods!

Contact Zach Pies at 812-535-2817 or zpies@spsmw.org to learn more.


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Creighton University lends a hand

Nine students and two chaperones from Creighton University, a Jesuit university located in Omaha, Nebraska, spent their spring break helping out at White Violet Center for Eco-Justice. They worked in the garden, cleaned and painted in the Center, and also volunteered at Providence Food Pantry and Helping Hands Thrift store in West Terre Haute. They also got to spend time with the alpacas and chickens. We’re so thankful for their help and presence!


They couldn’t stay away

Former White Violet Center for Eco-Justice interns, left to right,Virginia Cheij, Liv Charlton, Carina Hunneshagen and Hannah Goodno, met for a mini-reunion this past March at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. The four reconnected while volunteering in the greenhouse, with alpaca chores, skirting and dying fiber as well as making signs for the Farm Store. Thanks, ladies!


Sisters, students shake a leg

Sisters of Providence and Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC) students filled the room with enjoyment and carefree dancing on Jan. 31 at the first-ever student-sister prom/winter dance as Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. Thanks to the SMWC student organizers, the sisters felt welcome and joined the students on the dance floor.


Join us in resisting climate change

In June 2018, the Providence community pledged to reduce our carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 2 million pounds through our Providence Climate Agreement.

Our Climate Change Task Force developed the agreement to provide the Congregation, Providence Associates, family, friends and others an action of resistance to climate change. Won’t you join us?

We’re close to our goal, but we need your help. Join us in making a difference for Earth. Visit ClimateChange.SistersofProvidence.org and sign up!


New Planned Giving Website

Planning a gift to the Sisters of Providence is even easier! Visit our new planned giving website at PlannedGiving.SistersofProvidence.org for a wealth of information.

Did you know that giving options exist that provide for your loved ones or even produce income? Others allow you to make gifts with securities and retirement funds.

Our new planned giving site is designed to be easy to navigate. It offers examples and illustrations. You will also find a question and answer option. This can further help you understand the various options available to you in supporting the Sisters of Providence with a planned gift from your estate or current finances.

Learn more by calling Director of Development Harve Schlachter at 812-535-2801 or Planned Giving Manager Connie Gualano at 812-535-2811.
Or email us at ma@spsmw.org.

(Originally published in the Summer 2019 issue of HOPE magazine.)

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