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St. Mary's Residence


St. Mary's Residence has known an unbroken history of housing the economically-poor since 1902. The historical majority of residents in St. Mary's represent the working poor, a population that is underserved and almost invisible in relation to federal and state domestic welfare policy.

St. Mary's provides an affordable, clean and secure environment for its residents. The Residence maintains 46 private bedrooms, and several communal areas: 20 bathrooms, one dining room, one pantry, four lounge areas and a tiny chapel. A daily and rigorous maintenance schedule is followed and supervised by the Program Director.

Services Provided
St. Mary's serves as a safe haven for our women to improve their language and job skills. Each resident pays monthly rent for a private bedroom (approximately 150 sq. ft.) and shares common living space with other residents. Breakfast and dinner are served daily in a spacious dining room.

The rent also includes utilities, a weekly change of sheets, and the cleaning and maintenance of all common areas. Admittance is based upon need, employment status and a first-come-first-serve basis. Most women stay at St. Mary's Residence an average of one to two years.

Under Sister Harriet Hamilton, Director of St. Mary's Home, staffing assignments include 24 hours/7days per week coverage. There are two full-time and two part-time Residence staff members, one full-time and one part-time cook, one full-time maintenance/repair person and one full-time and one part-time housekeeping staff members. For emergency situations, a night-time on-call person is available.

Safe housing for working women with limited incomes.

Residents Age:
18 years +

1902 (re-dedicated in 1991)

Annual Residency:
53 women

6 Full-time
4 Part-time