When you drive by Saint Clement Catholic Church, your eyes are immediately drawn to the large building nestled in its corner.
Ten years ago, members of the church came together to help create a non-denominational, smoke-free rental community with 68 units on their property in hopes it would act as a blessing for low-income seniors.
The community is owned and operated by St. Clement Housing, Inc., a nonprofit corporation that operates under the guidance of HUD.
During a special ceremony on Nov. 21, the residents opened their arms to the community for an afternoon of fun and well wishes.
Father Raphael Martos provided the group with a prayer of blessings and Father Pedro Zapata prayed a special blessing for the building. Deacon Felix Mejia prayed a message of love over the entire group and then Pastor Mike Fredette prayed for the food. Table by table, the residents then lined up for a massive buffet of goodies that kept the festivities going for hours.
The theme of the day was simple: love. But in the speeches from some of the staff at San Clemente as well as the residents, it was evident there was no lack of love coming from the cheerful home.
Sister Pamela Nolan, director of operations, also took a moment to reflect on the welcoming home they’ve created over the past 10 years and said she’s looking forward to seeing where the next 10 will take them.