SISTER MARY PARKS—Executive director speaks about Sisters Place.
Michelle Cowan was so impressed with Sisters Place’s annual Crushed Grapes Wine Tasting Event last year that she decided to lend a hand this year to help the non-profit organization raise money for the homeless families it houses.
“This non-profit organization is a very good fit for me,” said Cowan who served as the volunteers co-chair at this year’s event.
Located in Clairton, Sisters Place has 32 fully-furnished town homes scattered in different places throughout the Century Town homes location in the city. The homes provide a stable, safe place for the families to restart their lives.
“We start our families on a level playing field to reach their life goals, a stable home for their children and a way to support them,” said Sister Mary Parks, executive director of Sisters Place.
“I like Sisters Place because it helps males and females and kids who need help,” said David Spence Jr., who attended the Crushed Grapes event with his father, David Spence Sr.
“We know who the money benefits and helps and I think at the end of the day people have to dig deep (in their pockets) for the cause,” said David Spence Sr.
Sisters Place has two types of subsidized housing: Permanent housing, which is available to women with physical or mental disabilities or drug and alcohol addiction and their children, and Transitional housing, which is open to young parents between the ages of 18-26. Families may live in rent-assisted housing for up to two years.