On Thursday, July 27, Steeple Square in Dubuque celebrated the opening and dedication of their Francis Apartments.
The apartments will provide permanent supportive housing for graduates of Maria House, a program that provides transitional housing and support for women learning to be independent, and also market-rate apartments for the general public, which will be managed by Gronen Properties.
The apartments were named in honor of the women religious in the tri-state area, who are the founders of Opening Doors, a nonprofit organization that operates Maria House and Teresa Shelter for homeless women and children.
Maria House Executive Director Michelle Brown said the apartments were a four year dream in the making.
“It will really complete our continuum of housing services for homeless women and children in our community. We start with emergency at Teresa Shelter and extended stay, and then we have transitional at Maria House and now we will have permanent housing.”
Clockwise from left: Steeple Square Board Member Sister Helen Huewe, OSF, Archbishop Michael O. Jackels, Dubuque Mayor Roy D. Buol, and Opening Doors Board Member Sister Mary McCauley, BVM. Contributed photo.