Philadelphia Archdiocese Announces Closing of St. Gabriel’s Hall in Audubon

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On September 25, Catholic Human Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced the imminent closure of St. Gabriel's Hall in Audubon. Image via Media News Group.

On September 25, Catholic Human Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced the imminent closure of St. Gabriel’s Hall in Audubon, writes Gary Puleo for the Montgomery Media.

“Today, it was announced that the Board of Directors of Catholic Human Services voted to discontinue programming operated by Saint Gabriel’s System, including Saint Gabriel’s Hall and the De La Salle Vocational Program given the unsustainable losses that the system has been and would continue to experience,” said CHS in a release.

St. Gabriel’s Hall is a residential and educational program for Philadelphia area youths ages 13 to 19 whose situations have been determined by the courts.

The Secretariat for Catholic Human Services will work with the city of Philadelphia to ensure the safe transition of the young men currently enrolled in Saint Gabriel’s Hall. All of them will be moved within the next 60 days.

CHS noted that it has contributed over $3 million over the last five years to support the mission of St. Gabriel’s System, but the pandemic-related drop in the census has further affected “an ongoing budgetary shortfall jeopardizing the financial solvency of the program.”

Read more about St. Gabriel’s Hall at the Montgomery Media by clicking here.

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