On October 3, Youville launched the public phase of its fundraising campaign to build a memory support community on the courtyard level of Youville Place in Lexington. An evening ceremony marked the occasion in the area that will soon become The Courtyard at Youville Place (pending EOEA approval).
The program was hosted by Mike McHugh, Chairman of the Board of Directors for Youville. Among the standing room only crowd , the room was packed with guests from both the Lexington and Cambridge communities. Attendees included residents from Youville House and Youville Place, family members, Youville staff, spiritual leaders, artists, and other friends of Youville.
The Most Reverend Richard P. Deeley, Auxiliary Bishop of Boston, conferred a blessing on the site where construction will begin ithis October. The Courtyard will be the only Catholic, non-profit memory support community in eastern Massachusetts, and has received generous funding from Catholic organizations. Bishop Deeley’s presence and blessing sounded the spiritual note that has been a driving force of Youville’s quest to raise funds for The Courtyard. Other Catholic leaders in attendance included Brandeis chaplain Walter Cuenin and many of the Grey Nuns (the Grey Nuns have already contributed $1 million to the cause).
The evening exemplified Youville’s knack for blending spirituality and creativity as key components of community life. Lynn Hovey, a renowned stained glass artist, spoke about the stained glass design he created for donor recognition and remarked on how nice it was to be working in tandem with the Grey Nuns once again.
Ildiko Szabo, Youville House’s Director of Community Life, provided a moving introduction for Cambridge quilt-maker and co-founder of Boston’s First Night celebration, Clara Wainwright. Clara discussed the Memory Quilt, on display that evening, and how a group of Youville House residents came together to make the patterns and create the quilt as a gift for the new memory community.
Joanne Scianna, COO of Youville Place, shared the history of how the idea for the Courtyard had begun years ago, and how it gradually became a reality with the help and support of so many in attendance.
Youville has raised approximately $2.43 million for the project, enough to begin construction. With the public campaign in full swing, $300,000 more is needed to complete and open The Courtyard in 2014.