The Youngstown Foundation has awarded The Ursuline Center's Motherhouse Pool Ministry: New Roof Project a grant of $20,000. The Ursuline Center is the educational facility operated by the Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown.
''We are honored that this esteemed organization recognizes the importance of our project to people in the greater Youngstown area, and we are very grateful to the foundation's board members for their generosity and support,'' said Sister Nancy Dawson, general superior of the Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown. ''Our Motherhouse Pool is a ministry utilized seven days each week by more than 800 people from diverse populations across the Mahoning Valley. The grant by the Youngstown Foundation helps ensure that these guests, as well as future guests, can continue the invaluable health and safety lessons offered here.''
The Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown offer and collaborate with other groups and individuals in offering several pool programs, including:
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Jan Strasfeld, right, executive director of the Youngstown Foundation, presents a check to Sister Nancy Dawson, OSU general superior of the Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown, at the pool in the Ursuline Center. The check will help put a new roof on the pool facility.
* Swimming lessons for all ages, especially children
* Low-impact water fitness classes for senior citizens enrolled in our SilverSneakers Fitness Program
* Water Aerobics for adults of all ages
* Arthritis Program classes offered here in conjunction with AustinWoods for adults with joint/mobility issues
* Area residents find relief from physical ailments through aquatic physical therapy offered here by the Cleveland Clinic
* The pool is utilized by children and young adults involved in other Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown ministries. Many would not otherwise have access to such a facility, especially not free-of-charge
The Motherhouse Pool Ministry: New Roof Project is one of two phases of renovation at the pool to be performed this year. It is a more than $66,000 undertaking in which the 20-year old, 6,000-square-foot roof and 50-year old skylights will be replaced. Construction will begin in June.
Under the Motherhouse Pool Ministry: New Heating Project phase, the entire HVAC system will be replaced at a cost of approximately $115,000. Donations are being accepted for both phases of renovation.