Statement from the Rector, Wardens, and Vestry of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church (The Corporation of St. Mark’s Home)
August 27, 2014
After much deliberation and prayer, the Rector, Wardens, and Vestry of St. Mark’s Church, who make up the Corporation holding St. Mark’s Home, have determined to close St. Mark’s Home by the end of the year.
St. Mark’s Home was chartered by an act of the Maine State Legislature in 1870 as a home for indigent women and has continued as a ministry of St. Mark’s Church for 144 years. Residents were first asked for payment in support of the Home only in the 1970s. We are proud to have served generations of women. The decision to close is a matter of great sadness to us and, we know, to all associated with the Home.
The decision was precipitated by the fragile financial condition of St. Mark’s Church and by the many new options now available for senior housing. The Corporation determined to act to close the Home as a matter of good stewardship and to provide the best possible outcomes for residents and staff.
To facilitate a smooth transition, the staff of St. Mark’s Home will assist residents and their families in seeking new residences in any way possible. A generous severance package has been offered to our employees, a number of whom have served for more than ten years. The target date for closure of the Home is December 31, 2014, but we will remain open until appropriate housing is secured for each resident. Disposition of the building and the assets of the Home is currently being investigated. Decisions will be made in accord with Maine Law, the intentions of the givers, and St. Mark’s commitment to community ministry.
We offer our prayers and support to all affected by our decision, particularly our residents and staff. We hope to continue our legacy of ministry to the Kennebec Valley community.
The Rector*, Wardens and Vestry of St. Mark’s Church, Augusta
The Corporation of St. Mark’s Home
*In the absence of an incumbent rector at St. Mark’s, the Rt. Rev. Stephen T. Lane, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Maine, serves in that role.