Sister Kathleen Popko, SP was at the forefront of her community’s construction and 2019 opening of Hillside Residence. The 36-unit affordable housing residence is designed for low-income frail elders who will optimally receive their healthcare services through the Mercy LIFE (PACE) program on the same campus. The Hillside Residence model is planned to demonstrate the value of low-income frail elders living in health integrated housing that helps them remain independent, healthy, engaged, and enjoying a quality of life not feasible if they were to live in nursing homes.
Both Hillside Residence and Mercy LIFE (PACE), a Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, are located on Hillside Circle on The Hillside at Providence campus at 2112 Riverdale Street in West Springfield.
Earlier, Sister Kathleen Popko successfully led the community’s efforts to repurpose the formerly well-known Brightside ministry site for children and their families into The Hillside at Providence, a ministry site for elder health care services. That goal first required the complete renovation of the building formerly used for Brightside’s residential school and administrative offices into office space. Now named the de Paul Center in honor of the Sisters of Providence’s patron Saint Vincent de Paul, the building serves as home to Mercy LIFE (PACE), Trinity Home Care, Hospice, the Mercy Care Alliance, and offices for Innovative Care Partners.