Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Former Convent Gets a Second Life

It's not every day that a former convent is converted into a group home for aging individuals with developmental disabilities. But that's precisely what happened in Brooklyn. YAI is very fortunate to be in such a welcoming community with great neighbors. 

An old Bay Ridge convent has been given a new life — as a home for developmentally disabled seniors.
Sister Dolores Ferry greets Raymond,
a resident of the group home.
The nunnery which housed St. Anselm’s Catholic school teachers was rebuilt into comfortable quarters for 16 aging special-needs residents with lots of room to maneuver wheelchairs and walkers.“It’s moving to see how beautifully it was redone,” said Sister Dolores Ferry, who returned Tuesday to visit the 83rd St. property where she lived for 24 years and which the parish is renting to the nonprofit YAI.

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