For decades, the St. Joseph Christian Life Center stood as a beacon of peace, prayer and reflection on the Lake Erie, not far from the Hospice House grounds. Last year, Hospice of the Western Reserve purchased the property. Although unplanned, Hospice of the Western Reserve recognized this as an opportunity to preserve the legacy of the historic property and to extend the Vista Walk by restoring the beautiful green space.
Due to poor conditions, the building has to be demolished. “The building is in extensive disrepair with structural problems, leaking roof, extensive water damage, black mold, asbestos and an antiquated electrical system. The building has not been repaired in years and its vacancy has drawn issues of internal and external vandalism,” David Simpson shared. A process called deconstruction was used to recycle and retain materials when appropriate.
Hospice of the Western Reserve place markers on the property detailing its history, and will continue the shared tradition of the St. Joseph Christian Life Center by carrying its mission of caring for the less fortunate and those in need.
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