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Wednesday January 27th, 2021
An Official Statement from the Russian Orthodox Convent Novo-Diveevo Concerning the Recent Announcement to Close the Old Peoples Home
In December 2019, the ROCOR Synod of Bishops released a directive recommending closure of the Old Peoples Home (OPH) of the Novo-Diveevo Convent for reasons discussed below. This directive was presented to the Convent’s Board of Trustees in February 2020, and the Trustees accepted the recommendation without opposition. The Convent administration was then tasked to prepare a closure plan in accordance with NY State Department of Health (DOH) requirements.
The closure plan was submitted to the DOH in February 2020, but the plan’s approval was significantly delayed, mostly due to the COVID-19 pandemic. DOH regulations require that the decision to close a facility must remain strictly confidential until the plan is approved by the DOH in writing. When the DOH approves the plan, it must remain confidential until the facility’s residents and their families, staff and employees are notified. That notification occurred on Wednesday, January 20. The DOH mandated final closure of the home on or before March 31, 2021. Fr. Serge Arlievsky was tasked by Bishop Nicholas and the Convent’s Abbess with directing the closure process.
This posting is to share with all interested parties the factors that led to this difficult decision.
1. OPH has operated at a significant financial deficit for many years
2. Less than 25% of the OPH rooms have been occupied in recent years – significantly below what is required for the OPH to financially break even
3. The OPH has continued to function at the expense of the other aspects of the Convent
4. The infrastructure of the convent is in dire need of renovation
5. The OPH building is in dire need of renovation and upgrading
6. Monastic life is the primary focus of the convent. Attention has inadvertently been diverted from monastic needs because of the OPH’s operating difficulties.
One of the major concerns with this closure has been the Convent’s tradition of caring for needy elderly, a vested interest of Archbishop Andrei. After closure of the OPH, the monastics of the Convent intend to continue the mission of caring for the needy and elderly, but this mission will have to take on a different form.
Some may know that although the OPH has encountered financial difficulties, the Cathedral of St. Seraphim is undergoing extensive renovations. In addition, there are plans to renovate the main Convent building, including the small church which is home to the portrait-icon of St. Seraphim. Funds for these renovations have been given by donors specifically for these purposes. As such, these restricted funds cannot legally be used to cover OPH expenses.
Additional information will be posted to the OPH website in the coming days. novo-diveevo.org/adult-home
The Administration asks for your kind understanding and prayers in making this happen.
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Not sure how the capacity was/is so low. Aren't there many older persons in need of support and housing within the community? Especially considering the effects of the pandemic?
The Adult Home was never properly advertised and most people don't even know it exists. Instead of shutting the doors on the most vulnerable people in our community, perhaps, the new management should do their best to let people know that such a place exists! I know of people who wanted to move there, only to be told that they don't accept new residents due to pandemic. Definitely NOT a Christian behavior!!!
Where else current residents of your Adult Home would find a comparable place to live? This Adult Home is one of a kind in the whole country. I’m very sad and concerned for these vulnerable old people 😢
Advertise!!! There's a GREAT need for a house like this!!! People don't know it even exists... 🙁
I received this response to my question earlier today: Dear Natasha, this is Fr. Serge, the Convent Protodeacon. Our capacity has been at or below 30 residents (in a 76 bed facility) since 2012. The building is showing its age, and in need of not just an upgrade but capital repairs. While the home was full in the 1980's, our business model has not aged well with time. A single room with a shared communal bathroom down the hall no longer appeals to our elderly who have other more comfortable options. The apparent suddenness of the announcement was a result of Dept of Health confidentiality laws designed to protect the residents. Extra precautions, required by law due to the pandemic, are being implemented. The DOH is monitoring all aspects of the closure process "to assure the health and safety of the residents".
In what form does the Convent intend to continue the mission of caring for the needy and the elderly if the Convent intends on renovating and using the OPH for a different purpose?
Not looking good.
The administration is not "new", and mismanaged the OPH for many years. The decision to close was not an easy one. Among other things the administration did not advertised as needed...
Saturday January 23rd, 2021
Важное объявление касательно Богослужений в Ново-Дивеево / Important announcement regarding church services at Novo-Diveevo
Дорогие Братия и Сестры!
Мы продолжаем реставрацию иконописи в соборе в честь Св. Преподобного Серафима Саровского, и с 25 Января работа начнется в Алтаре собора. В связи с этим по будням богослужения будут проводиться в домовой церкви Успения Божией Матери. К сожалению, в связи с ограничениями из-за коронавируса, доступа в домовой храм для прихожан и паломников не будет.
По Воскресеньям (включая вечер субботы) и Великим праздникам, Богослужения будут проходить обычным порядком в Соборе Св. Серафима Саровского. Мы также продолжаем ежедневно принимать молитвенные запросы через интернет здесь: novo-diveevo.org/prayer-request-%D0%BF%D0%BE%D0%B4%D0%B0%D1%82%D1%8C-%D0%B7%D0%B0%D0%BF%D0%B8%D1%... . Мы благодарим вас за понимание и просим ваших молитв. Если у вас есть дополнительные вопросы, пожалуйста звоните в офис 845-356-0425 или пишите по имейлу email@example.com
Dear Brothers and Sisters!
We are continuing to restore the iconography in our cathedral of St. Seraphim of Sarov. Starting Monday January 25th we will begin the restoration process of frescoes in the Altar of the Cathedral. Because of this, weekday services will be moved to our Dormition Church. Unfortunately, the small church will not be open to the public due to Covid indoor capacity restrictions until restoration of the altar is complete.
Services on Sundays (including Saturday evenings) and Feast Days will still take place in the Cathedral and be available for all to attend. We will still be accepting daily prayer requests though our online system here: novo-diveevo.org/prayer-request-%D0%BF%D0%BE%D0%B4%D0%B0%D1%82%D1%8C-%D0%B7%D0%B0%D0%BF%D0%B8%D1%... . We thank you for your patience and ask for your prayers. If you have any questions, please call the office at 845-356-0425 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org ... See MoreSee Less
Tuesday January 12th, 2021
Новости о Капитальном Ремонте Монастыря / News concerning the Convent Capital Repair Campaign
In the beginning of January 2021 a new roof was installed in the main building for the sisterhood. This building also includes a small chapel in honor of the Dormition of the Mother of God. Learn More Here: novo-diveevo.org/campaign-fund-information
В начале Января 2021 была установлена новая крыша на здании келейного корпуса для монахинь, в котором также находится церковь Успения Божией Матери. Узнать Подробнее о Проекте: novo-diveevo.org/ru/%d0%b8%d0%bd%d1%84%d0%be%d1%80%d0%bc%d0%b0%d1%86%d0%b8%d1%8f-%d0%be-%d1%84%d0... ... See MoreSee Less