Faith and Love
Faith and Love
In 1957, having seen the need for a facility to serve the growing number of Greek Orthodox elderly, Archbishop Michael appointed the first Board of Trustees of St. Michael’s under the aegis of the Archdiocese.
Over the years having earned a stellar reputation, greater demands for its services have been placed on St. Michael’s. The Home has outgrown its current facility and further expansion at the current location is not possible because of the limited size of the property offer.
After an exhaustive search, the Board of Trustees has purchased a new locale on Long Island upon which to establish a state-of-the-art continuum care facility, accommodating more residents and offering higher levels of care. With this step we have embarked on the next phase of our expansion, a capital campaign to raise the necessary funds to develop our new home.
In order to build our new, state-of-the-art facility to meet the increasing needs of our elderly community we will need to raise $35 million. Currently we are at 48% of our goal.
We need your support to make Saint Michael’s new home a reality.
Because there has been no visible activity at 1220 Front Street, some people mistakenly think that the expansion project of St. Michael’s has stopped. Nothing could be further from the truth as there has been much activity going on behind the scene.
For months, the Board of Trustees has been working feverishly on the project. Last year, in Albany we engaged attorneys to help us secure the necessary licenses from the department of health for the various levels of care. In addition, we also hired a consultant firm, FilBen Group, which has tremendous experience operating nursing homes and continuum care facilities in the area and to share with us their expertise needed in designing an appropriate facility but also with operating it. Remember, we are making a quantum leap with the expansion of St. Michael’s, going from one basic level of care to multiple levels of licensed care. It would have been irresponsible, if not fool hardy of us, to try and accomplish this on our own.
Their involvement revealed to us that we needed to adjust the “breakdown” of beds in the various levels of care, something also necessitated by requirements of the DOH. Throughout this process our priority has been and continues to be to build a new facility which will serve to the best of its ability the needs of the elderly of our community while assuring that the new Home will be financially viable. To accomplish these two priorities has required us to step back from initiating the Second Phase which is the actual (re)construction of the interior of the Front Street building. Our February Board of Trustees meeting lasted well over 3 hours as we discussed with our Albany attorneys and local consultants the various issues and the options in moving forward. As soon as we deem that what will be built is most appropriate, we will finalize the drawings which are well along in their preparation and next step will be to secure bids for the construction. At that time, we’ll also re-initiate our fund raising efforts.
Be assured this has been an arduous and laborious process but we are confident that when completed, we will present the community with a continuum of care facility of which not only will we all be most proud, but that it will provide our elderly with the quality care they so need and deserve! Remember, “Rome was not built in a day” nor will the new Home be built overnight so to speak.
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