The Little Sisters of the Poor receive Cummings Foundation Grant

SOMERVILLE -- The Little Sisters of the Poor in Somerville were chosen among over 500 applicants to be a recipients of this year's Cummings Foundation 100K for 100 program.

The sisters are thrilled about this generous gift, as it will help them in continuing their mission of serving the Elderly Poor of the Greater Boston area.

"This grant will go a long way in helping to pay the day-to-day bills that we incur in housing and caring for our over 110 elderly," said Sister Mary Vincent, who is in charge of donations for the Sisters. "The support of the Cummings Foundation is greatly appreciated!"

The Little Sisters have been serving the elderly poor in the Boston area for over 147 years with 127 of those being in their Somerville location, offering low-income apartments, residential care, and nursing services. The Sisters' mission is to offer the neediest elderly of every race and religion a home where they will be welcomed as Christ, cared for as family, and accompanied with dignity until God calls them to himself.

Support from community and local businesses has always been a part of the Little Sisters' tradition, essential to their mission since their inception in 1839, extending their "little family" way beyond the walls of their home to include those who support them with financial help or gifts-in-kind.

"Our foundress, St. Jeanne Jugan, saw this sharing as a 'partnership' of sorts in caring for the neediest elderly. We are grateful to have the Cummings Foundation share in our ongoing mission of loving service through this generous gift. We always keep our many benefactors in our prayers -- now all those associated with this Cummings Foundation Grant will be a part of those daily prayers," Sister Mary Vincent.

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