September 29, 2013

Society Notebook: A lift for McAuley Residence

The Soar into Silver event raises more than $50,000 for the transitional housing program.

By AMY PARADYSZ

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WGME 13 news anchor Kim Block and event hosts Peggy and Eric Cianchette of Falmouth.

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Defense attorney F. Lee Bailey and Debbie Elliot of Yarmouth at the Soar into Silver event for McAuley Residence.

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"It's important for the sisters, seeing their mission being embraced by their lay peers," said Sister Patricia Flynn.

"I'm sure we could not have done any of this work without benefactors," O'Toole said.

This year, McAuley Residence moved from State Street to a larger building on High Street with 15 apartments plus common areas, and will be able to help more women in the larger space. Over the years, McAuley Residence has given more than 200 women and their children a fresh start. The annual budget of $175,000 is funded by donations and grants, with the women themselves contributing about 6 percent.

"It's so touching to see how committed they are to make a better life, not only for themselves but for their children," said WGME 13 news anchor Kim Block. "And it's incredible to see the growth in the organization."

"McAuley Residence doesn't generate any income, so its survival depends on generosity. It's not a Band-Aid. This is a program that transforms lives," said Cheryl Libby, a former trustee of Mercy Hospital. "There are certain things that touch you, and people here tonight have a passion for changing lives."

Amy Paradysz is a freelance writer based in Scarborough. She can be reached at:

amyedits@aol.com


 

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Carol Johnson of Manchester; Craig Dreher, director of information technology for Mercy Hospital; and Karen Newton, officer manager for the CEO of Mercy Hospital.

  


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