In July 1981, St. Margaret’s House opened its ministry of service in the lower Manhattan community. It was named for the Episcopal Church religious order, the Sisters of St. Margaret, whose history of involvement with Trinity Church Wall Street spans several decades. Under the vision and guidance of Trinity Wall Street’s rector, churchwardens, and vestry, St. Margaret’s House was developed using funds available from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
The mission of St. Margaret’s House is to enable a community of elderly and disabled individuals to live in a secure environment that fosters independence, mutual respect, and dignity. Some of our goals to achieve that mission are:
- to expand the horizons of independent living
- to enhance the quality of life and to counter the loneliness and isolation which can accompany aging and disabled status
- to pioneer creative opportunities to meet the challenges of aging
- to serve as an outreach resource to the community
Our vision is to support “Affirmative Aging” and enable residents to lead full and productive lives. St. Margaret’s House creates an environment that makes this vision possible by integrating the residents into the community and by providing a resource for the community to come into the residence. St. Margaret’s House’s innovative programs and services serve as a national demonstration model for other organizations whose ministry is to serve the elderly and disabled.