St. Joseph’s/Candler Purchases The St. Mary’s Community Center Building

The St. Mary’s Community Center is now a permanent part of St. Joseph’s/ Candler and will continue to be an anchor for the residents in the Cuyler Brownville neighborhood.

“Through St. Joseph’s/ Candler’s outreach efforts at our St. Mary’s Community Center we feel we have been able to make a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of the community it serves. It is an integral part of our mission,” said Paul P. Hinchey, President & CEO of St. Joseph’s/ Candler. “By purchasing this historic building where the program has been housed since its inception, we are ensuring our ability to continue to stay in the heart of the Cuyler-Brownville community. Our goal is to continue to serve the community for many years to come.”

“With this purchase, we can now expand the building,” Hinchey said. “Our outreach is all about outcomes: getting an education to get a decent job and to stay healthy so one can keep one’s job.”

The Catholic Diocese of Savannah has leased the building to St. Joseph’s/ Candler since 2000. The sale was closed Dec. 3 for a price of $250,000.

“I commend St. Joseph’s/Candler for continuing to improve the level of its outreach to the Cuyler-Brownville neighborhood and throughout the Savannah area,” said Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer, OFM Conv., Bishop of the Diocese of Savannah. “The health care system has stayed true to its mission to serve the people of the Cuyler Brownville neighborhood with a variety of programs including education and guidance in job searches.

“Now St. Joseph’s/ Candler will have a permanent place where its services can continue to be offered to the community,” he said. “I am pleased to work in tandem with St. Joseph’s/Candler in its outreach services to the Savannah area.”

St. Joseph’s/Candler opened the St. Mary’s Community Center in 2000, located at the corner of West 36th Street and Bulloch Street, as part of a mission to treat the whole person. Under the direction of the Sisters of Mercy, it serves individuals and families from Savannah’s poorest census tracts. The injustices of poverty are many: unemployment, illiteracy, lack of health care, substandard housing, drugs and crime. To learn more about the St. Mary’s Community Center, go to To learn more about St. Joseph’s/Candler’s outreach efforts, go to

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