Residence opened on May 1, 1989, as a transitional housing program with services for
homeless mothers with children from newborn to eight years old. The Dominican Sisters of
Sparkill sponsor this program as a ministry that follows the footsteps of their foundress,
Alice Thorpe, who dedicated her life to help poor mothers and children.
This building with sixteen apartments was
renovated by a grant of $1,160,000 from the New York State Department of Social Services
under the Homeless Housing Assistance Program. It has served over 250 families.
Park Avenue Thorpe opened in June 1998. This
new program provides permanent housing with supportive services. A grant from NYS HHAP
also provided for the renovation of this building. An increased allocation of tax credits
aids us with operating revenues. This building has six floors with an elevator and ramp.
There are 15 two-bedroom apartments and 5 one-bedroom apartments. The first floor has
offices for a social worker, an office manager, and Sr. Barbara Lenniger, the Executive
Diector of both programs. An area for a Pre-Kindergarten has been provided and St.
Dominic's of Blauvelt rents this space. The adjoining lots will become a playground with
some parking spaces and a small garden.
Thorpe Family Residence has been described
as an "extremely effective grass roots group that provides crucial services to
mothers and children at risk."
They would welcome your contributions, be it
food, clothing, towels, sheets, pots and pans, crayons. etc.
Thorpe Family Residence
2252 Crotona Avenue
Bronx, NY 10457