Sr. Nancy Retires From Full-Time Ministry

Please join us as we wish Sister Nancy Chiarello, OSF, a happy retirement!

As a young nurse working at St. Clare’s Hospital in Manhattan, Sister Nancy witnessed homeless women searching for food in garbage cans on the street. In 1977, she and four Franciscan Sisters of Allegany petitioned the leaders of their congregation for approval to open a homeless shelter for women and The Dwelling Place was born.
Throughout the next 43 years, Sister Nancy helped countless women build independent lives. It is impossible to quantify all that she has done through her work at The Dwelling Place. We are deeply grateful for her service.
Sister Nancy will continue to volunteer her time at The Dwelling Place several days a week. Be sure to say hello when you see her!

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