November 23, 2015
Providence Foundation moves into historic home inhabited by Providence nuns decades ago
Missoula, MT—Providence Montana Health Foundation, the non-profit foundation affiliated with Providence Health & Services Western Montana, will host a public event on Wednesday, December 2 to showcase its new home offices and carriage house event space at 502 W. Spruce Street – a beautiful historic home located in the heart of Missoula.
The recent relocation of the Foundation to Spruce Street offers a particularly meaningful “homecoming” for Providence. From 1974-1992, the Sisters of Providence owned and lived in the turreted brick house across the street from Providence St. Patrick Hospital.
Vice President of Ministry Leadership Formation Mary Anne Sladich-Lantz said, “During those years, the house was always a place of hospitality – not only to the other sisters but to the community and the poor as well. I think it is very fitting that the house is now the home office for our Providence Foundation team and that it is used to support those in need.”
The Sisters of Providence founded St. Patrick Hospital in 1873 and played an essential role in developing and establishing the standards and mission of the hospital today. In the 1970s and 1980s, the Sisters of Providence lived in various houses and apartments in the Missoula area. The Sisters who lived at the Spruce Street house had specific areas of focus in the community, including working at the Poverello Center, and teaching and working at St. Patrick Hospital.
Fran Albrecht, Executive Director of the Providence Montana Health Foundation, said, “We are thrilled and privileged to have the honor of relocating our offices to a place of such historic significance, both for Providence and for the Missoula community. The power of the Providence Mission remains at the heart of our work at the Foundation – which is to improve the health of our region. We are continuing in the tradition of compassionate care that the Sisters began over 100 years ago, and still resonates throughout our community today.”
Agreeing with Albrecht, Mark Connell, the owner of the building, said, “I think the Foundation taking possession of the building is very natural and absolutely appropriate and, given the historical nature of the building, fits with the values and mission of the Foundation.”
The open house provides an opportunity for members of the community to tour the historic building and speak with members of the Foundation staff. Also available for viewing is the newly remodeled kitchen and dining addition of the St. Patrick House, which offers temporary respite for out-of-town families and patients receiving treatment at Missoula-area medical facilities.
The Open House reception will welcome the public from 2 - 7 p.m. on Wednesday, December 2. Learn more about the event here
About Providence Montana Health Foundation
Providence Montana Health Foundation is a nonprofit that supports the compassionate missions of Providence St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula, Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Polson and over 40 clinics and programs throughout western Montana.
For more information or to make a gift to Providence Montana Health Foundation, please visit supportPMHF.org. You may also contact Molly Adamson, Development Officer, by phone at 406-327-3048 or by email.