|| Running the York Street Project
By ARTHUR JONES
The Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace's York Street Project is a complex of buildings that totals 66,000 square feet, including an old, refurbished hotel. The complex, directed by Sr. Ann Taylor, houses:
"They can't be actively using (drugs)," said Funari. "We love 12-step people. They're so self-righteous and they've been down for so long, when they start coming up they're the best.
"We look for personalities that are strong enough that they have a chance to attain independence," she said. "We don't keep people who are actively psychotic. It wouldn't work in this setting."
And there's no rush. "Before we push the residents to anything, we just let them catch their breath. For three months they can eat bacon and eggs and ribs until they're full enough to feel that it's time, and they have the strength. They've been homeless. Battered. They've moved from bed to bed to bed for the last 5 to 10 years of their lives. They need time to heal. They need time to feel safe." They have one or two bedrooms for themselves and their children. Locks on their doors. A secure haven and a chance to start anew.
National Catholic Reporter, November 15, 1996