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March 25, 2014 > Dominican Sisters break ground

Dominican Sisters break ground

Submitted By Teresa Schmidt

The Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose selected March 19, the Feast of St. Joseph, patron of workers, for a groundbreaking celebration at their Fremont Motherhouse headquarters. The $20 million project includes construction of a 36-unit Sisters residence and a Community & Wellness Center. Renovations to their Siena building will prepare space for daytime memory care, operated by ASEB (AlzheimerÕs Services of the East Bay). This first dementia-specific program in Fremont will open its doors after renovations are complete in September 2014. Adult memory care services respond to a growing need Ð one City of Fremont officials affirmed with a Community Development Block Grant ($310,000) toward Siena renovation costs. The Dominican ASEB program will serve diverse adults, veterans and low income families living in the Tri-City area.

Groundbreaking guests included elected officials, City of Fremont Mayor Bill Harrison and Council members along with donors, friends, community and non-profit leaders. Attendees joined the Sisters in a blessing, asking St. Joseph to protect skilled trades and construction workers building and renovating facilities on the 26-acre campus, which the Sisters purchased in 1891. The dormitory-style St. Joseph Priory was demolished in February, with 99.4 percent of the buildingÕs materials recycled.

The project will be LEED certified, honoring the SistersÕ commitment to Òcare of creationÓ and environmental sustainability. Hillhouse Construction of San Jose is the contractor on the 15-month project. Congregational Prioress S. Gloria Marie Jones, OP acknowledged the SistersÕ focus on the future. ÒToday we celebrate the beginning of a new chapter in our story, an expanding Motherhouse vision that creates space to meet wider community needs.Ó

The congregation has raised approximately 75 percent of capital costs and welcomes contributions and inquiries about project plans and community impact. For more information please contact: Margaret McCarthy, Development Director at (510) 933-6309; mmccarthy@msjdominicans.org).

For more information, visit: www.msjdominicans.org.

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