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ON A MISSION: St. Elizabeth’s celebrates 25 years, expansion of services in New Albany

Mayor proclaims June 30, 2014, St. Elizabeth’s Charities Day

NEW ALBANY — What started out as a refuge for women in a crisis pregnancy has been transformed into a place of hope for both mother and child during its two-plus decades of existence.

St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Charities held an official grand opening for its new 12-bed maternity home at 601 E. Market St. in New Albany Monday afternoon, and for the completed renovations of the historic Holy Trinity Rectory, at 701 E. Market St., which will house offices.

St. Elizabeth’s now has five buildings in the same block of Market — maternity home, transitional home, supportive permanent housing and offices which sit across the street from the other four buildings.

New Albany Mayor Jeff Gahan presented a plaque proclaiming June 30, 2014, as St. Elizabeth’s Charities Day. Gahan also presented a $25,000 check to St. Elizabeth’s that was recently approved by a 9-0 vote by the New Albany City Council and supported by the administration.

“They provide so many valuable services day in and day out,” Gahan said. “They are dedicated to the quality of life in New Albany, and the dignity of all human life.”

St. Elizabeth’s is also celebrating its 25th anniversary in New Albany this year. The short ceremony Monday was held inside the new maternity home, which was blessed by the Rev. Wilfred [Sonny] Day which was followed by tours of the facilities.

“We are celebrating four big events in one day,” said Mark Casper, agency director at St. Elizabeth’s.

Casper said it took more than two years to renovate the old Holy Trinity Rectory into office space for St. Elizabeth’s. He said it could not have been done without the help of “so many in the community” along with the support of the city of New Albany, Gahan and State Rep. Ed Clere, R-New Albany.

“We are so grateful to everyone,” Casper said.

Clere said there were many things to celebrate Monday at St. Elizabeth’s.

“They took a hands-on approach to that building,” Clere said of the renovation work at the Holy Trinity Rectory. “That will once again become a special building for this community.”

St. Elizabeth Catholic Charities is a non-profit organization which provides “physical, emotional and spiritual needs of our clients” according to its website. St. Elizabeth Catholic Charities is a Catholic Charities agency of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis and an affiliate of Catholic Charities USA, the largest private provider of human services in the U.S.

 

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