Transitional Housing

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Project Description

Deborah’s Place is a multi-faceted support organization that assists at-risk women who have fallen prey to homelessness, domestic abuse or substance abuse. This facility, Marah’s Place is a long-term transitional shelter for individuals who are making a comeback and on their way to self-sustaining lives. They can live in the facility for three years and then move out into the world.

The project is a conversion of a three-story former convent at the campus of Saint Alphonsus Church. The convent’s organization and layout, with small bedrooms, numerous multi-purpose rooms and other support spaces fits well with the needs of Marah’s place. The facility includes 30 bedrooms; a dining hall with a renovated full kitchen; rooms for working, studying, skill development and socializing; counseling, outreach functions and offices for Deborah’s Place staff. The former two level Chapel has become a large living room for quiet activities and reflection. A new, discrete, entrance, for the protection of the women, leads to a private courtyard / outdoor space and a covered entry porch, turning the back of the facility into the main entryway. This secluded courtyard features a gazebo and garden.

Firm: McBride Kelley Baurer


Project Manager during the end of the CD phase, bidding and CA Phases of the project.


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