September 19, 2017
When Hilary Evans, Executive Director of Plymouth Healing Communities, heard about the availability of another potential House of Healing, she was delighted–especially when she found it was located next door to the current House of Healing on Beacon Hill! After putting the 1901 house on the market, owner Jack Eng was approached by developers who were anxious to build high-end condos. Long-time neighbor to the House of Healing and PHC supporter, Eng decided to call Plymouth Healing Communities.
Thanks to quick action taken by PHC Board members (60% of whom are Plymouth Church members), a Plymouth Church bridge loan, contributions by individual donors and the launch of a modest capital campaign, the deal closed last week and plans are now on the table to convert the historic house into a home for people who are experiencing mental illness and homelessness.
“It’s an amazing opportunity,” says Evans. “This allows us to create a ‘community’ and triples the lot size!”
Evans says the goal is for the ENG House exterior to look the same, with seven individual rooms and an additional room for the live-in companion. A proven successful model, the companion organizes community activities such as games, movie nights, outings and meals together.
PHC is in the process of applying for permit funding through various grants and has secured RAFN for construction, Development Consultant Bellwether Housing and Plymouth member Elizabeth Maher, as the project’s architect.
Plymouth’s Community Investment Committee has also approved bridge loan funding to assist in facilitating the process forward. Rev. Steven Davis serves as our staff liaison to PHC as a member of the PHC Board.
Construction is slated to begin in Spring, 2018, and the new home is expected to open in Fall, 2018. “This is about long-term, sustainable housing and investing in community; it’s so inspiring. Being known and cared for is the key to this model. Plymouth has played a significant role and for that we are truly grateful.”
Learn more and celebrate Plymouth Healing Communities this Sunday, September 24, at our annual Gratitude Luncheon for Plymouth Church. Please join us in Hildebrand Hall at 12 pm for a meal and sharing, as PHC reflects on their past and looks forward to new opportunities. If you'd like to RSVP, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.Subscribe