Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Leah Residence For Homeless Women

The Union Tribune published an article about one nun's dream that came true:

March 31, 2005

Sister RayMonda DuVall's 25-year goal to provide a range of housing for homeless women – an arc beginning with overnight emergency shelter and ending with a permanent residence – is being realized in downtown San Diego.

Today, the executive director of Catholic Charities will attend a 10 a.m. ribbon-cutting and blessing of the Leah Residence, a $6.6 million apartment building that is scheduled to open in April.

The four-story complex will offer 23 apartments for formerly homeless women being treated for mental illness or alcohol or drug abuse.

"Twenty-five years ago, I envisioned giving homeless women a full continuum of services – day center, night center, night shelter, transitional housing and permanent housing," DuVall said. "We had to do it incrementally as funds became available."

After cobbling together more than $6.6 million in federal, state local and private grants and loans, Catholic Charities was finally able to build the Leah Residence on land it owns at Ninth Avenue and F Street.


To contribute to the furnishing of the Leah Residence or to the operation of a night center at the apartment complex, send checks to:

Catholic Charities
349 Cedar St.
San Diego, CA 92101.

Indicate the purpose of the contribution on the check.

For more information, call (619) 231-2828, extension 234.


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