For residents at Our Lady of Hope in Latham, Friday brought news that they would be forced to relocate their homes within the next year. YNN's Karen Tararache reports.
LATHAM, N.Y. -- Little Sisters of the Poor Advisory Board Chair, Elizabeth Gaudet announced, "The Little Sisters of the Poor at Our Lady of Hope residence in Latham have made a decision to withdraw from this community."
The Little Sisters of the Poor have housed and assisted low income seniors in the Capital Region for over 140 years. Now, the future of Our Lady of Hope's residents and staff at the Latham location remains uncertain.
Superior Mother, Sister Margaret Regina explained, "Our specific mission is to have hands on with the elderly poor and if we don't have enough sisters then we kind of are missing that hands on touch."
Currently 85 staff members tend to 76 residents.
"When this home first opened they had 22 sisters," Sister Genevieve Regina said.
Sister Margaret Regina added, "We have nine sisters living here in this home, some of them are up in age and that's another reason is the aging of our communities."
With plans to withdraw from the facility sometime in 2014, the Sisters pray everything stays more or less, the same.
"Well the first goal would be to hopefully find someone that would take over and keep it as it is, to allow the residents and staff to stay in their place, in their rooms, in their jobs," Sister Genevieve Regina said.
The next step is to ensure all the seniors find housing in one of their other 29 locations across the United States.
Sister Genevieve Regina said, "Mother announced that if any of them wanted to go to any of the other homes we have homes all over the country and father raised his hand and said do you have one in Hawaii?"
"There could be some creative opportunities for solution here, we certainly have done studies and analyzed how to change the financial model and all of that research will be available to any interested parties," Gaudet said.
Sister Margaret Regina added, "You know how the Lord is, he closes a door and opens a window."
"This home has survived many tough times so this particular chapter will be something that it will survive as well," Gaudet said.
For more information, contact Father Mark Cregan at (917) 767-2772.