Former Yonkers convent to become shelter for pregnant womenPosted: Updated:
The former St. Joseph's Convent in Yonkers has a new mission -- transforming it into a group home for pregnant women.
The pro-life Catholic charity Good Counsel is behind the overhaul.
"Good Counsel is thrilled and honored to have the opportunity to serve homeless, pregnant mothers and babies in Yonkers and Westchester, providing a safe family atmosphere to welcome their children," the New Jersey-based charity tells News 12.
But before expecting mothers can move in, the building requires some major improvements. Good Counsel officials say it needs a sprinkler system, new plumbing and access for people with disabilities.
The charity recently closed a similar group home in Harrison and has been operating from a temporary facility on East Prospect Avenue in Mount Vernon. It has another group home running in Spring Valley.
Under an agreement with Yonkers, the new shelter cannot house more than 16 moms at a time. Good Counsel says it expects to shelter about 12 at a time.