Casserly House History and Overview
Casserly House was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston as a part of the congregation’s 125th anniversary celebrations. Modeled after the work of the first Sisters of St. Joseph, Casserly House was created to be a ministry of presence in a culturally and ethnically mixed neighborhood populated by a large number of new immigrants. In 2000, the Sisters purchased a triple-decker house at 42 Stellman Road, in the Forest Hills section of Roslindale, and it has since provided a space for both ministry and residence. Four sisters live on the top two floors of the house, and neighborhood programs are run out of the first floor.
Casserly House provides three main services. The first service is an adult ESOL program. We currently have 25-30 adult learners from many different countries! On Monday through Thursday from 10 am to 12 pm, English language classes are provided for adults living in the neighborhood and immediately surrounding area. Our adult learners are eager to improve their lives through communication. At times, Casserly House has been able to support neighbors on their pathway to citizenship.
The second service is an After-School Program. On Monday through Thursday from 3pm-5:30pm, 10 neighborhood children in 2nd – 5th grade come for homework help and tutoring support. College, high school, and other tutors serve as vital role models. In July, for a week or two, we have a Summer Educational Camp with a focus on reading, computers, and art.
Along with these two primary services, we have been a vibrant hub of neighborhood gatherings, community care and support. We maintain partnerships with other non-profits and community organizations to anticipate and respond to neighborhood issues and concerns.
The house is currently staffed by Donna Stiglmeier, Director; Briana Barnett, a member of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps; Mary Beth O’Sullivan, Sheila Rourke and Lynda Wallack who are members of the Ignatian Volunteer Corps. We rely on the wonderful generosity of many volunteers who come regularly to instruct English to adults or assist children with their homework.