Historic preservation, positive impact

January 4, 2024
People mill around in what looks like a gym or auditorium, looking at architectural plans for a building.

In a heartwarming reunion on October 28, dozens of St. Matthew Catholic School alumni gathered one last time in their old stomping grounds. They revisited the halls where they received their education, rekindled old friendships and shared stories that had shaped their lives. The event was a poignant reminder of the profound impact the school had on its students.

But this gathering was more than just a walk down memory lane; it was also a celebration of a new chapter in the school’s history. Amidst the nostalgia and fond reminiscences, there was excitement as attendees learned about the Residences at St. Matthew project.

Former students expressed their joy and relief upon discovering that their beloved school was not being torn down or forgotten but was being repurposed into something meaningful and everlasting! The Residences at St. Matthew will transform the school into permanent supportive housing, ensuring that it continues to serve the community in a vital way.

In a time when so many historic buildings and schools face the unfortunate fate of demolition, it’s heartening to see the legacy of St. Matthew being preserved. The school, which holds a special place in the hearts of generations of alumni, will now have a renewed purpose as a sanctuary for those needing housing and support.

Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan is at the forefront of this project, channeling its efforts into the Residences at St. Matthew with the aim of not only preserving history but also making a positive impact on the lives of individuals and families in the region.

Together, we can we create a legacy that will benefit our community for years and ensure that the spirit of St. Matthew Catholic School will continues to shine brightly.

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