MARY’S PLACE ANNOUNCES MOVE & EXPANSION: SEE THE NEW BUILDING
The founders of Mary’s Place by the Sea, a respite house serving women affected by cancer, announced Saturday the organization’s plans to construct a new building and relocate to 24 Main Avenue in Ocean Grove.
“Our new home will let us the help more women, in more ways,” said Michele Gannon, co-founder. “We will go from six bedrooms to 10 bedrooms, become more accessible for handicap guests and have conference rooms to help educate and host support groups for the community.”
The facility will also feature a large kitchen that will in-part be used for hands-on nutrition seminars, as well as a modern holistic spa.
Construction is expected to begin on the three-story Victorian style structure in August and completion is expected in mid-2015.
Along with the announcement a capital campaign was launched with proceeds from the third annual walk-a-thon, attended by an estimated 900 people Saturday, serving as seed money. The charity hopes to raise $2 million to build and furnish the new facility.
“We will build this house on faith, love and donations,” said Gannon. “Mary’s Place was founded on the idea of ‘How can we help women?’ Today, we need your help too.”
This is a milestone move for the organization Gannon founded in 2009 alongside Maria McKeon. Since then, 3000 guests have been helped by Mary’s Place volunteers.
“My mom came to Mary’s Place when she was fighting ovarian cancer,” said Cathleen Dowler. “The volunteers gave her the break, comfort and hope she needed. The day my mom passed, my brothers needed to come back here to visit the place where she spent some of her last happiest moments. (Mary’s Place) meant that much to her and my family.”
The nonprofit purchased the currently vacant lot from Robert “Shep” Pettibone.