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The Staff at The Dwelling Place of NY


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Sister Nancy Chiarello, OSF
Sister Nancy was one of the founding members of The Dwelling Place in 1977. Since then, she has helped countless women build independent lives.
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Sister Joann Sambs, CSA
Sister Joann Sambs joined the staff in July 2014 and brings with her a lifetime of ministry and dedication. She looks forward to leading each and every woman to a life of independence.
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Nancy Pérez
Nancy recently joined The Dwelling Place as a caseworker. Please come back soon to learn more about her.


Additional Staff
A group of dedicated lay staff work in collaboration with Sister Nancy, Nancy Perez, and Sister Joann to provide 24 hour/7 day supportive services for the women. These staff members are also present to the women preparing and serving the meals, providing housekeeping services, supervising evening activities, and keeping watch during the night for needs that may arise.

  • It was a Monday evening on October 4, 1977 when Ida Anderson, our first guest, came to the door looking for shelter. The pastor of

  • 2020 presented The Dwelling Place with unprecedented challenges. There were many months, that the idea of reopening seemed so distant. Today, thanks to the support

  • Sr. Nancy Chiarello OSF

    What a night! Over 80 people joined us for our annual gala on Thursday as we honored Sr. Nancy Chiarello and Sr. Joann Sambs for their