Delaware’s Ministry of Caring: Improving the Lives of Delaware’s Poor and Homeless
From the Emmanuel Dining Room to the organization’s numerous integrated programs, the Ministry of Caring seeks to improve the lives of the state’s underserved communities.
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Caring for Our Senior Neighbors
When Bill Pearson, now 76, was informed that the rental property he lived in was going to be sold, he didn’t know what to do. He lives on a fixed income and simply couldn’t afford the fair-market rate for apartments. “I don’t know how anybody my age could,” he says. Then he found Sacred Heart Village in Wilmington, a complex with 78 one-bedroom apartments for low-income people age 62 and older.
Pearson considers it a godsend in his life. Rent at Sacred Heart is charged at 30 percent of a resident’s income, with allowances for financial obligations including medical expenses. “It’s comforting to know that as I get older and my medical expenses go up, my rent will go down,” he says.
Pearson is lucky to have family in the region and to be healthy enough to be active in a multitude of community endeavors. For some at Sacred Heart, however, the staff and residents are their only family and social outlet. No matter what their situation, though, they all appreciate the camaraderie at Sacred Heart and its comprehensive facilities. “Sacred Heart Village has it all,” Pearson says.
Unfortunately, it also has 100 people on its waiting list. The Ministry of Caring hopes to make progress on that waiting list by beginning construction soon of Sacred Heart Village II on Wilmington’s East Side. As the region’s population grows older and the cost of housing continues to go up, the need for low-income housing for the elderly will accelerate.
“Our senior neighbors need and deserve safe, caring and quality affordable living,” says Sacred Heart Village Executive Director Brother Ronald Giannone, OFM Cap. “Providing for them is a mission that we at Sacred Heart Village take very seriously, and one that we will continue to fulfill to the best of our ability.”