The Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown are increasing their housing ministry on two fronts. Ursuline Sisters Senior Living is expanding from twelve to eighteen apartments for independent senior citizens of moderate Social Security income.
|Youngstown Beatitude House scholars|
|Youngstown new director with mary and pat|
|Youngstown Housing ministry|
Construction crews are renovating space that previously held meeting rooms and dorms on their Canfield, Ohio, property.
Secondly, the sisters have established Merici Housing on Youngstown’s south side. This project includes four units in a newly constructed building, providing supportive housing for chronically homeless clients in the sisters’ ministries. It is adjacent to Casa Madre, a home they use for education for children in their HIV/AIDS Ministry. The newly constructed Merici Community Center houses office and meeting space for ministry outreach.
The Ursulines’ Beatitude House Ministry has its first lay executive director. Gina Pastella. She has extensive experience in the nonprofit sector. Beatitude House offers supportive housing, education and other services for homeless women and their children as they work to break the cycle of generational poverty.
The new three-year strategic plan for Beatitude House includes combining Beatitude House Scholars and Sister Jerome’s Mission College into Ursuline Sisters’ Scholars. These programs have aided first-generation college students with navigating the world of higher education, offering mentoring and food-and-clothing expenses.
1) Sister Jerome's Mission College Program is awarding four scholarships for the coming academic year. Kevin Talley and Lauren Wimer each receive a $1,000 scholarship in honor of local businessman and philanthropist Clarence R. Smith Jr. and his wife, Rose Marie. Sara Egry and RaKaiya Peterman receive $750 and $250, respectively. All are students at Youngstown State University. Pictured are Talley and Wimer with Ramone Elkins, who received the first Smith Family scholarship, awarded last October, and Maraline Kubik, director of the program.
2) Sister Mary McCormick, Gina Pastella, and Sister Patricia McNicholas
3) Housing ministry: