Fire Destroys Lady of Guadelupe Home for Girls
St. Vincent — The Lady of Guadelupe Home for Girls is a non-profit organization that is dear to Trinity School of Medicine and our students. The home provides a safe place to live and a caring environment for at risk girls ages 12-18. We were devastated to learn of the fire that broke out engulfing the building and destroying the entire facility.
Trinity’s Provost and Dean, Dr. Francis Purcell, along with Associate Dean of Admissions and Student Affairs, Dr. Fancis-Jack Edwards, collaborated ways to help by assessing the immediate short-term needs. One quick way to offer relief was to notify Trinity students of the tragedy and ask for their help to donate needed items. Knowing that Trinity students would rush to fill this request, their overwhelming generosity and swift response was not an act of medicine, but an act of love. Compassion is often understated and overlooked, when it should be celebrated, we believe it’s one of the finest qualities a future physician can have.
Speaking on behalf of Trinity, Dr. Jack states, ” It is actually a pleasure to donate these items to the Girls’ Home. From the moment we were informed that they were in this situation, our hearts just went out to them because this is a home that our students have been visiting regularly. They’ve gone by and had play dates with them, and there was no question that we would be donating and reaching out to help this group of girls and their caretakers. Our hearts are with them, and we hope that, in the future, we can do more in terms of aiding with the rebuilding process.”
“Thank you very much on behalf of our Lady of Guadelupe…“Please let everyone know that we express our sincere gratitude and appreciation with how quick you all came to our aid and the help that is being given after this heartbreaking situation. Please extend our love and appreciation to them.”
Following the loss, the Board of Directors for the facility made an announcement, calling for members of the public to help donate. With hopes to soon begin the restoration process.
Donations can be made at:
Kingstown Cooperative Credit Union
Contributions of other items can be delivered to:
St. Joseph’s Convent House,
Family Services, Paul’s Avenue
Sandra Davis, La Croix