SOAR! recognizes that not all aging religious are retired. A Founders’ Grant may provide the extra help needed for an aging religious to stay active in ministry by funding, for example, adaptive equipment or furniture. This could enable him or her to live independently, yet still safely and comfortably. Read more about Sisters who have received Founders’ Grants below.
Sister Louise Sharum, OSB and Sister Andrea Loron, OSB run a retreat center, Hesychia House of Prayer, nestled in the Ozarks. This year they received a $2700 grant for a chairlift to go up and down the staircase.
Sister Peggy Bradley, DMJ retired from teaching four years ago but she hasn't slowed down. She and the Sisters she lives with received a $2500 grant for electric recliners.
Sister Annette tries to help others with honest communication and a listening ear. Her order received a $2500 grant for a scooter so Sister Annette can travel from her apartment to a nursing home where she volunteers.