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Providence Place is a mission-based non-profit, 55 plus community sponsored by the Sisters of Providence, Holyoke, Massachusetts. Throughout their history, generations of these Sisters stood on the threshold of new and innovative ministries. They were among the first Catholic Sisters in the nation to open their home to the laity by transforming their beloved Mother House into Providence Place, a caring, vibrant, independent living community. That historic decision followed their prayerful discernment as to how to continue their legacy of good stewardship and the sharing of their resources—particularly their treasured home. Catherine Horan, their founder, advised their pioneer Sisters to not “rest” on what they had achieved, “but rather press forward to what remains to be accomplished.”
Today’s Sisters of Providence continue to take that advice to heart. They sponsor programs for the disadvantaged, are active in health care and social services, and also sponsor the lovely Genesis Spiritual Life and Conference Center in Westfield.
Mary’s Meadow, another Sisters of Providence sponsored ministry, opened in 2009 with a new model for residential long-term and rehabilitative care—the first of its type in Massachusetts—and right here on our Providence Place campus! Most recently in September 2019, they celebrated the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting for Hillside Residence, their newest ministry nearby in West Springfield. This ministry is designed to offer affordable housing units to low income, frail elders, whose healthcare needs will be optimally met through the Mercy LIFE (PACE) program at the de Paul Center situated on the same property. Hillside Residence is at 100 Hillside Circle, West Springfield. The de Paul Center is at 200 Hillside Circle, West Springfield.