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Episcopal SeniorLife Communities (ESLC) broke ground on our ninth campus, Ellen’s Place on June 20. This community will be located right on Culver Road on the current St. Cecilia Church Campus. Ellen’s Place will offer 74 apartments, many gathering spaces for residents, program members and guests to enjoy. We will continue to grow our signature Neighborhood Program in partnership with Saint Kateri Parish.
The Neighborhood Program is a community-based health and wellness program that offers fitness classes, educational programming, social gatherings and clubs for residents and community members to enjoy – we have already started offering lunch and learns in the Newcomb Center – we look forward to growing this program together.
Ellen’s Place is named in memory of Ellen McNellis. Ellen was raised in Irondequoit but spent much of her adult life out of the area. When Ellen’s life circumstances and health needs became challenging, she longed to return home and to be near family – especially her devoted, loving brother who immediately coordinated Ellen’s return to Rochester.
ESLC celebrated a ceremonial groundbreaking in partnership with Pike Residentiall, Pardi Partnership Architects, MRB Group, St. Cecilia Church, future residents of Ellen’s Place, ESLC’s Board of Directors, Ellen’s family and loved ones and the ESLC Project team.
In speaking on the project, Lisa Marcello, President & CEO mentioned, “Perseverance and passion were certainly a factor in getting us to where we are today. Planning for Ellen’s Place began many years ago, there have been countless designs, schematics, layouts, meetings, discussions, cost variances, and – of course a pandemic – that could have derailed us. Nonetheless, here we are, and it is due to the perseverance and passion of many in this room. We are extremely honored to be joining the vibrant community that has been established by the parishioners and staff at St. Cecilia and are grateful for their trust and belief in Episcopal SeniorLife Communities.”