Saint Mother Theodore Guerin journeyed from France to the wilderness of Indiana in 1840 and established the Sisters of Providence congregation at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. Mother Theodore was named a “Saint” during a canonization ceremony October 15, 2006, at the Vatican. Guerin Woods, a development for older adults, was named in recognition of Saint Mother Theodore and Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.
People of all races and religions are welcome to participate in programs at
Providence House for Children and Guerin Woods.
Providence Self Sufficiency Ministries (PSSM) was established in
August, 1994 in a former convent in New Albany, Indiana. PSSM assists children,
families and older adults who are in need. While ministering for PSSM, sixSisters of Providence earned their licenses to become foster parents. This inspired them to found Providence House as the first group home for foster children in Floyd County.
In 1998, principals of PSSM approached the Archdiocese of Indianapolis
about the possibility of purchasing 12-plus acres of land in Georgetown, Indiana
as the location for a campus for Providence House for Children.
The Archdiocese recognized the need for expanded facilities for foster care and offered the land for a $1 fee. Because Sisters of Providence do not own land away from the Saint Mary-of-the-Woods' motherhouse, Guerin Inc. was formed to serve as the holding company of the land and facilities and has become the vessel of PSSM's ministries.
Guerin Inc. was established in 1999 to construct facilities for the
Providence House for Children's campus in Georgetown, Indiana. An arm of
Providence Self Sufficiency Ministries Inc. (PSSM), the Providence House campus
includes both the Patchwork House (houses six families) and the Reunification
Apartments (house an additional six families). This Family Preservation Program (FPP)
uses a phase system, which allows families to gradually move from Patchwork House
into the Reunification Apartments, and closer to self-sufficiency.
Both programs serve families reuniting with their children through the
Department of Child Services. Most families referred to Providence House have
unresolved issues such as homelessness, mental illness, risk of child abuse or
neglect, substance abuse, incarceration, or domestic violence.
In April, 2005, Guerin Inc. opened Guerin Woods— a development for older adults
that adjoins the Providence House campus. Today, Guerin Woods includes 22 two-bedroom
apartments for individuals and couples age 62 and older, 8 Villas ("small house" dwellings)
that provide licensed assisted living, skilled nursing care, rehab-to-home and memory care for frail Elders age 62 and
older and a Senior Center open to residents in Floyd and surrounding counties.
In 2009, Guerin Inc. built The Meadows of Guerin, Inc. adjacent to Guerin Woods.
The Meadows is a HUD 202 grant-funded development serving people age 62 and older
and consists of 24 one-bedroom apartments, one two-bedroom apartment and a community center.
Developments are funded by grants and donations. Through a management
agreement, Guerin Inc. provides facilities and PSSM oversees administration,
staffing and programming.