Dr. Phillips Charities recently provided a $47,000 grant to Morning Star Catholic School in Orlando. This gift enables Sister House Center for Transition to be a place for young adults with special needs to learn and practice every day independent-living skills in a real-life setting.
Named Sister House to commemorate its former function as a convent, the space has been converted to a residential learning lab to teach students how to live more independent and productive lives. On December 7, 2016, Bishop Noonan blessed Sister House and designated as an Institution of Mercy.
With furnishings provided by the Dr. Phillips Charities’ grant, Sister House features a large kitchen, two bathrooms and five community areas where students ages 22 -29 years have a chance to practice life skills such as hygiene, wellness and nutrition, basic housekeeping skills, and time and money management.
Students with special needs must begin to acquire a range of skills starting at age 4 that should continue to be reinforced into adulthood. Because of this, Sister House is preparing to offer services to the entire Morning Star Catholic School population, ages 4 to 30.
Morning Star was forward thinking in 1960 when it became a ministry of the Diocese of Orlando to affirm the dignity of life and educate students with special needs. It continues to be on the forefront of advocacy for young people with special needs in the area of job training and learning to live as independently as possible.
With Christ as the ever present teacher, Morning Star Catholic School is committed to provide each child with special needs the opportunity to be the best they can be by providing Catholic values, social awareness, and academic, physical, and emotional expectations.