October 10, 2016
When Home of the Sparrow originally purchased the Catherine Twomey House we knew it would need some renovations, but we had no idea just how much. We had to bring the house down to the studs and replace everything from cobblestones to electrical wiring. Now, the house is fully renovated and after a year of long hard work it made the Catherine Twomey House Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Saturday, September 17, 2016, an even bigger and more worthwhile celebration.
We hung the ribbon with pride that morning and our Board was joined by volunteers who gave their time to work on this house, both in-kind and monetary donors, community members, government officials and politicians, and more. Guests enjoyed light refreshments while they were greeted by Home of the Sparrow’s CEO, Patricia McLennan, and they heard about how this house will allow Home of the Sparrow to make an impact on the lives of even more pre-senior women.
This home is an exciting addition to Home of the Sparrow’s programs, but also to the City of Coatesville and Pennsylvania. PA State Representative Harry Lewis Jr. was unable to attend, but his aide, Amber Little, shared his excitement for this innovative program and Coatesville City Manager, Michael Trio, welcomed Home of the Sparrow and the women we serve to the city.
Patricia Walsh, the Catherine Twomey House Benefactor, shared some beautiful words about why she is passionate about this project and this population of underserved women. She reminisced about her Aunt Catherine, the namesake for the home, and celebrated with family and friends.
Lastly, guests heard from Board Member and Catherine Twomey House Project Manager, Stacy Sempier, who thanked everyone who helped make this house a reality.
Everyone was smiling and cheering as all five speakers grabbed a set of giant scissors and cut the ribbon together! Following the ribbon cutting, guests took a tour of each of the apartments and everyone was amazed by how beautiful they are.
Finally, we thank all of the individuals and businesses who donated household items, building supplies, and services and to every single person who donated a few minutes, a few hours, or a few days to make this renovation a reality.
Home of the Sparrow is thrilled to officially open the doors of the Catherine Twomey House and is grateful to all the women who will allow us to be a part of their journey to independence.
*Special thanks to Nina Lea Photography for capturing the excitement of this fantastic celebration!