Changes In Order For St. John’s Home
The residence will not be closing. Instead, it will continue to operate as a stand alone not-for-profit entity and its own board of directors will continue as before, making decisions on behalf of the home.
The Marianists, however, who have provided support to the home for many years, have decided to end their association with St. John’s by June 30 for several reasons.
“Faced with declining vocations and an aging workforce, the congregation [Marianists] has decided to redeploy their remaining active priests and brothers to support their other ministries,” the St. John’s Residence for Boys said in a statement to The Wave.
St. John’s, in an effort to save money and maximize resources, has also decided to contract with Little Flower Children and Family Services of New York to provide IT, bookkeeping and accounting services to the residence.
“St. John’s Residence has served the Rockaway community with distinction for more than 75 years, providing comprehensive and compassionate care for at-risk and vulnerable New Yorkers. Little Flower is proud to be part of the team,” Grace Lo Grande, executive director of Little Flower said in a statement.