Update on Providence Village
Potential partners at Providence Village unveiled
List of organizations interested in locating buildings or programs on-site include: Providence Manor, Hospice Kingston, YMCA of Kingston, Loving Spoonful, H’Art Centre and Kingston House of Recovery for Women and Children
OCTOBER 3, KINGSTON – The Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul are moving forward with plans to transform their property at 1200 Princess Street into a “village” community that includes housing, the Providence Manor long-term care home and a range of other services.
Among the organizations interested in pursuing the possibility of locating services on-site at Providence Village are Hospice Kingston, the YMCA of Kingston, Loving Spoonful, H’Art centre and the Kingston House of Recovery for Women and Children.
“Our work over the past year and a half has been to do a study of what the local needs are here in Kingston,” said Sister Sandra Shannon, General Superior of the Sisters of Providence. “From that point, we looked at our property and considered how we might accommodate several organizations and uses on the site.”
“We have had some exciting initial conversations with organizations that meet needs of different people in our community – whether they are seniors, families, people looking for work or people in their last stage of life,” says Cathy Szabo, President & CEO at Providence Care and member of the Providence Village Steering Committee. “Our Vision statement is to develop ‘A neighbourhood of people helping people, inspiring hope, fulfilment and care for the earth.’ Working with our partners we know we are headed in the right direction.”
“Providence Care is committed to the Vision for Providence Village, and we’re excited to be planning to redevelop our long-term care home, Providence Manor, on the property,” Szabo adds.
Community Needs Assessment
Through the fall and winter of 2015-16, the Sisters of Providence and the Providence Village Steering Committee worked with a consultant to complete a Community Needs Assessment. This involved consultations with the City of Kingston and other stakeholders who have specific knowledge of vulnerable populations in the local community.
The final document identified particular needs, including:
• Services for older adults
• Services and housing for individuals living with physical disabilities
• Services and housing for individuals living with mental illness and/or addictions
• Services and housing for individuals who are underemployed or who have low incomes
• Services related to food security, health care and employment
Following the needs assessment, the Providence Village Steering Committee worked with planning consultants to develop an initial concept for the property. Currently, the concept includes maintaining the Motherhouse building as a residence for the Sisters of Providence. The site concept also prioritizes maintaining greenspace through the property, including an area for growing foods from seed. The concept also identifies potential locations for the different components of the Village.
Quotes from potential Providence Village partners:
“Hospice Kingston is excited to move forward to establish a Residential Hospice in Kingston within Providence Village. Hospice Kingston will be collaborating with Providence Care and other key stakeholders to make this vision a reality.” - Allen Prowse, Board Chair, Hospice Kingston
“Today’s announcement is the start of a discussion. There is a lot of work to be done to determine what this partnership can mean for the YMCA of Kingston, its donors, volunteers, members and the residents of our community. It is an exciting time and we are focussed on creating many opportunities to engage with our supporters and community as we begin to explore our future.” – Mary Kloosterman, CEO, Kingston YMCA
"H'art Centre welcomes the opportunity to pursue this possibility. Already, it has been wonderful to see how the Sisters extend a hand of help with equality, respect, and mutuality. I am inspired by their commitment to community building and their understanding of how inclusion can expand what is possible for all of us. I look forward to finding out what the future may hold." – Katherine Porter, Executive Director, H’Art Centre
"The Board of Directors of Kingston House of Recovery for Women and Children is excited to have the opportunity to join Providence Village. A neighbourhood of people living and working together to build a safe and healthy community is exactly what we had imagined as our ideal setting." – Dr. Adam Newman, Board Chair, Kingston House of Recovery for Women and Children
“The focus on maintaining places for growing food and for people to connect around good food in this central Kingston neighbourhood is exciting. Loving Spoonful is looking forward to exploring possibilities of partnership as Providence Village moves forward.” – Mara Shaw, Executive Director, Loving Spoonful
Providence Village: Vision, Values & Guiding Principles
Providence Village honours the legacy of the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul and is a continuation of their Mission to work toward a world where the vulnerable experience compassion, justice and peace.
A neighbourhood of people helping people, inspiring hope, fulfillment and care of our Earth.
Providence Village will:
• Uphold a spirit of humility, simplicity and charity;
• Demonstrate responsible stewardship of resources;
• Create opportunities to connect, innovate and collaborate;
• Be open, welcoming and supportive;
• Foster holistic life and wellness.