3 schools target specific needs - Catholic Courier

3 schools target specific needs

Catholic elementary schools aren’t the only Catholic-influenced educational options for special-needs children. Specialized facilities in the Diocese of Rochester include:

School of the Holy Childhood, Henrietta: Founded in 1946, it serves children and adults with developmental disabilities. It was begun by Sister St. Mark McMahon, a Sister of St. Joseph. That order, along with the School Sisters of Notre Dame, has continued to serve Holy Childhood over the years.

St. Joseph’s Villa, Greece: Founded in 1942, it serves at-risk children, mostly teenagers, who have emotional and behavioral difficulties often the result of abuse in the home, poverty, mental illness or drug abuse. The agency was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph and maintained a formal connection with the Diocese of Rochester until 1976.

Hope Hall, Gates: Founded in 1994, it serves students with learning challenges in grades kindergarten through high school and is currently building an addition. It was begun by Sister Diana Dolce, a Sister of St. Joseph, who remains the school’s executive director/principal.

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