Monday, September 19, 2016

Benetwood 1981-2016

Back in 1981 the community successfully applied to HUD for an apartment complex to be built on our land, directly south of the monastery. This month Benetwood Apartments is celebrating 35 years of operation as a 75-unit complex for independent low income elderly. One of our sisters has always been the director of this special ministry since its beginning and many other sisters have worked/lived at Benetwood over the last three and a half decades.

This weekend Benetwood held an open house for its anniversary and also celebrated the major renovations it has been able to accomplish this past year (new kitchen appliances, new flooring in kitchens and bathrooms for all apartments and replacement of all old wallpaper with fresh coats of paint in apartments and hallways.)

This brainchild of Sister Mary Philip Kiehlmeier is going strong, always has a waiting list, and offers a truly family/community experience for the people living there. We are proud of Benetwood's heritage and especially of the sisters whose work in those early years brought it to be the outstanding "home" it is today.

One of the sweetest statues of Mary and the child Jesus is in the front foyer of Benetwood Apartments.

The large general community rooms look out into the gardens that surround Benetwood.

A few years ago HUD approved the addition of a small computer "lab." It is very well used.

To celebrate the 35th anniversary, the residents purchased this unique clock for the community/gathering rooms where residents spend evenings, holidays and many special times enjoying their Benetwood "family."