News at The Dwelling Place of NY

St. Brigid’s Day Celebration Benefits The Dwelling Place

Many thanks to Maura Mulligan and friends for a truly enjoyable and inspiring evening of Irish music, song, poetry, and dancing held on Monday, February 1. read more


Electrical Workers Provide Service Day

The Dwelling Place extends sincere gratitude to members of the Electrical Workers Minority Caucus (EWMC) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) – Local 3 based in New York City for the day of service they offered on Thursday, January 14, 2016. The EWMC consists of members from around the US. Each year they come together near Martin Luther King Day for a conference in a major city. New York City was the site for their gathering in 2016. A day of service is an integral part of their conference schedule. read more


Christmas at The Dwelling Place


Preparations are underway for a festive Christmas at The Dwelling Place. Staff and residents joined in a tree decorating party in the dining room on Thursday evening, December 10. Many hands created a beautifully adorned tree for all to enjoy throughout the season. The nativity creche is in its special place atop the fireplace while a Christmas village set up on the piano adds to the warmth of the setting.

On Christmas Eve and Christmas morning special meals and gatherings are provide for the women living in the house creating a spirit of joy and community to ease the challenges of homelessness often felt more keenly during the holiday season. read more


The Dwelling Place December 2015 Newsletter

room-at-the-inn-3-Dear Friends, You may be asking, “What can I do to make a difference when I see such staggering statistics about our homeless brothers and sisters?” The problem is so complex and solutions seem to be beyond our reach. As we ponder the story of a young family in Bethlehem searching for a safe home for the birth of their child, I would like to encourage your involvement. What seem like small efforts do make a difference. Here is one specific action you can take to help make room in the Inn. read more


The Dwelling Place Celebrates Its 38th Anniversary

sr-nancy-1Sunday, October 4, 2015 marked the 38th Anniversary of the opening of The Dwelling Place. On this date in 1977 Sister Nancy Chiarello and four other members of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany welcomed their first women residents.

The Dwelling Place has been blessed over these 38 years to be served and sustained by members of many religious congregations and dedicated staff, Board members, volunteers, and donors. Happy Anniversary to all of you, The Dwelling Place community! Here are some memories and reflections by Sister Nancy as she looks back over 38 years of ministry. read more


Memories of Gala 2015 “Harvesting Hope”

harvest-hopeTreasured memories are embedded in our hearts from the wonderful experience shared with our guests during the Gala on Thursday evening, October 15. It was a beautiful autumn evening enhanced by the spirit of community that filled St. Cyril and Methodius Church Hall, creating a harvest of blessings for the women who will benefit from so much generosity and care. read more


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See the winners of the 2015 Calendar Raffle!


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Shine and Dine Event at The Dwelling Place

On Thursday, August 27, 2015, a new volunteer with The Dwelling Place, Skarlly Infante, planned a Women’s Empowerment Program for our women residents. read more


Catholic TV Visits the Dwelling Place

Catholic TV from the Diocese of Brooklyn (NETNY.TV) Visit the Sisters and Residents of the Dwelling Place. Watch the clip from NETNY.TV.

“It’s called the Dwelling Place. Founded in 1977 by the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, it’s a place for homeless women looking for peace and tranquility in the heart of New York City. Currents correspondent Katie Breidenbach paid them a visit.”


The Dwelling Place Summer 2015 Newsletter

spring-newsDear Friends,

The long winter has passed giving way to a myriad of spring blossoms and invigorating aromas of sweetness. Open windows welcome in warm breezes and the vibrant sounds of renewed life stirring on the streets of the city.

Here at The Dwelling Place we, too, are over-brimmed with spring. We are celebrating every new leaf in our patio and on the trees that line the street leading to our front door. Even more, we are rejoicing that new beginnings have been possible recently for some of our women whose long winter of homelessness has come to an end. With gratitude and excitement they moved on to their own living space prepared and eager for a fresh start. As they settle in their new homes, may they “catch their breath and sing!” read more