Most of the 47 women who live at the monastery of the Benedictine Sisters of Pittsburgh in Bakerstown, Pennsylvania are retired or elderly. Despite the congregation’s best efforts, one Sister with dementia managed to evade alarms and left the monastery during the night on several occasions.

In July, the Benedictine Sisters of Pittsburgh applied for an emergency grant —they needed a new “wander guard” system.

Many assisted-living facilities have secure doors or alarm systems that ensure that residents with memory problems do not wander off the premises. In order to keep her and other Sisters safe at home, the congregation realized they needed an exterior door-locking system – and soon.

This important request couldn’t wait until the 2017 grant cycle.

Thanks to our faithful donors, SOAR! was able to quickly respond with a $16,000 grant to install “wander guard” doors.

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