A new executive director has been named to Beatitude House.
Sister Janet Gardner was appointed to the position in April. A special meet and greet session, which was open to the public, was held Wednesday at the Beatitude House’s administrative offices on Tod Lane in Youngstown.
Board members said Gardner’s education and experience working with transitional and supportive housing programs as well as her work with the “vulnerable population” are key to the position in which she will be serving.
Prior to coming to Beatitude House, Gardner served as General Minister for the Sisters of St. Francis of the Providence of God in Pittsburgh where she served for eight years overseeing and coordinating ministries in 22 locations. Gardner also has a master’s degree in social work.
“The blessing for me is that Beatitude House has such a fine history,” said Gardner. “It’s close enough to Pittsburgh. Youngstown is not so different from Pittsburgh. It’s an old steel town, has the same issues, the same needs.”
An additional opportunity to meet Gardner is scheduled for Thursday, June 27 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at A House of Blessing, 1370 Tod Ave NW, Warren.
The goal of the Beatitude House program is to provide housing, education and transitional living for at risk women and their children.