On October 4th, 1977 – the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi – The Dwelling Place opened its doors and welcomed its first women residents. This was a dream come true for the five Franciscan Sisters of Allegany who envisioned a safe, supportive shelter for homeless women in New York City. The Sisters wanted to create a nurturing community for women who were vulnerable to the violence, loneliness, and fear that comes with having no place to call “home.” Through their devotion and determination, they made The Dwelling Place a reality.
Now, 40 years later, more than 3,000 women have been welcomed into The Dwelling Place. Each woman faced her own unique struggles and found safety, caring, and compassion here. So many have been able to move on to permanent housing and a hope-filled future.
You, our Dwelling Place community of support, have brought joy where there was sadness, immense hope where there was only despair. You have helped women overcome darkness and doubt and experience a new chance in life.
Please join us on October 4th, 2017 to celebrate The Dwelling Place’s 40 years of dedicated service and transformational presence.
We are asking our friends to help commemorate this significant anniversary by making a contribution on October 4 of $40, one dollar for each year our doors have been opened. Your gift will help us continue to provide each homeless woman with shelter, supportive case management services, warm meals, and a community that cares.
Please mark your calendar for October 4th and help us spread the word to your friends and family. Your donation of $40, or whatever amount you can give, is deeply appreciated and will help us continue to serve in the spirit of St. Francis. You can download an Anniversary Blast Donation form.
Thank you for all that you do to support our mission and to help change women’s lives for the better.
Sister Joann, Board Members, Staff, and Ladies