Honoring Our Founders

Celebrations to mark the 40th Anniversary of the founding of The Dwelling Place opened with a Founders Celebration and Reception on Thursday, February 23. The Franciscan Friars of Holy Name Province headquartered at 129 W. 31st Street in Manhattan donated the use of San Damiano Hall for this festive evening.

Four of the five original founders were present, Sister Nancy Chiarello, OSF, Sally Cox, Lynne Sennett, and Geraldine Mullin. These women were honored for their courage and vision in opening this life-saving ministry to homeless women. Also honored were the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, represented by Sister Margaret Mary Kimmins, the current Congregational Minister, and all the members of her leadership team who traveled from Allegany to share in this special event. The Franciscan Sisters first gave their sisters the approval to begin this ministry in 1977 and to this day continue to sponsor and support the services offered at The Dwelling Place.

Board members, staff, volunteers, donors, and friends joined the founders on this special night sharing memories, renewing friendships, and celebrating the lives of the thousands of women impacted by the presence and compassionate care provided for 40 years on 40th Street.

Enjoy the festivity of the evening captured in these photos.