Yellow Hallway Update: The Dominican Sisters pause in painting new living spaces for our families
Sharing Home in our Yellow Hallway
With all the necessary approvals from the City of San Rafael, construction has begun that will result in a welcoming space for two women and their young children. The new front door and porch will lead out to a child-safe fenced yard for play time. Inside, a simple kitchen and dining area and living spaces are taking shape. In August Homeward Bound will work with us to determine which of the qualified applicants will be chosen to come to this transitional living space at Our Lady of Lourdes Convent.
Today a contingent of Dominican Sisters donned yellow shirts and painted the living spaces off the Yellow hallway that will become kitchen, living room, play room and bedrooms for our families. And, there is no yellow in those rooms, only soothing welcoming colors!
We hope that moving boxes and suitcases will be filling these rooms in September! Thank you to the many people who have expressed their support for this project. As the saying goes…it takes a village!
The BEGINNING of the story
As Sister Maureen visited with the sisters at Our Lady of Lourdes Convent during 2016, the Year of Mercy, she invited them to ponder what mercy meant to them, as individuals as well as to the congregation. “What is our capacity for love, acceptance, forgiveness?” she asked. “Can we extend mercy to ourselves as well as to others?”
That question moved Sister Patricia Simpson, moderator of Lourdes Convent, to imagining. What she came up with was a vision for sharing a portion of the convent with people in dire need of shelter. She gathered a few others to imagine with her. We have an ongoing collaborative relationship with Homeward Bound of Marin, a nationally recognized non-profit organization with a mission to open doors to safety, dignity, hope and independence for people who need housing and support. What if we provided shelter for two single mothers, clients of Homeward Bound, and their young children, for two years as they transitioned to independence? So was born the Yellow Hallway Project.
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