Knicely Done: Still serving after all these years
Notre Dame Academy and Convent in Florence is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The grand building near 35th and State was first home for the Notre Dame Sisters Convent and later crowded in students for classes for a Catholic education through high school.
Twenty years ago, a new outreach focused on providing affordable and safe housing for senior citizens opened in the Notre Dame facility.
"Every time I come back home, I feel so happy," said Marion Vach in an interview with WOWT 6 News. "When I walk in the door, I'm so happy to be here!."
Marion was the first resident at Notre Dame Housing. Now at age 93, twenty years later, she has nothing but praise in talking about her experience.
"They just put in a new bathroom in my apartment," she said. "I have everything I need. It's perfect for me because I don't make a lot of money."
Along with free transportation for shopping trips and activities throughout the week, Notre Dame Housing also stocks a food pantry that residents can use to supplement their meals.
"We go once a week to the Food Bank and stock up," said Barbara Thomas Notre Dame service coordinator. "Saving Grace also provides fresh fruit. It's for the residents and also the community and it's free."
Mildred Snyder takes advantage of everything available in the food pantry. She moved into Notre Dame housing ten years ago not long after her husband passed away.
"Our building here has so many opportunities," she said. "I don't drive and we have a service to take us to the store once a week and for shopping. The staff is great and I could just go on an on,"
Executive Director Michael Robinson explained that a number of renovations to the Notre Dame building are complete and there will be more in the future to accommodate the current wait list to get in to the facility.
The plans for expansion will protect the historical features of Notre Dame which according to Robinson includes the second oldest elevator in the state.