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Little Sisters of the Poor Leaving Evansville at Month's End

A little over a year after first making the announcement, Little Sister of the Poor, on Wednesday, announced their final day of operation.
A little over a year after first making the announcement, Little Sister of the Poor, on Wednesday, announced their final day of operation.

According to a statement sent to Eyewitness News, the group will leave the city on October 31, ending more than 100 years of providing services to the elderly of Evansville.

In March of 2012, the organization announced they would be closing the St. John's home due to an inadequate number of vocations and an aging community.

"It is with much sadness but also with profound gratitude and hope that we make this announcement," said Sister Maria Christine Lynch, Provincial Superior of the Little Sisters of the Poor.  "We love what we do, and as Little Sisters we have devoted our lives to welcoming and caring for the needy elderly. A decision to leave one of our Homes is the last thing any of us would ever want to do, and having been the sole sponsor of St. John's Home for 131 years makes this departure especially heart-rending. We are keenly aware of the sadness felt by all those who in any way have been a part of the large family of St. John's Home, past and present. First and foremost, we think of our dear Residents and devoted staff, many of whom have been with us for a long time. Our gratitude extends to the greater Evansville community and to all who have supported our mission of hospitality."

The home on Lincoln Avenue where Little Sisters operated has been sold to Ides Management Company, which owns and manages skilled nursing and assisted living facilities in the Midwest.

"We are very grateful that our Home will continue to be a home for the elderly and infirm, offering a full continuum of health-related services. We have many reasons to be hopeful about the future", said Lynch.

Ides will assume responsibility for the home on November 1st, under the name "University Nursing and Rehabilitation.

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