It has taken over two years, but finally, the redevelopment of Duchesne House was completed on Monday 16th June! Duchesne now has 16 large bedrooms, a Café, a community room and dining room - with a servery offering several choices of meals, a reading room and spaces for activities and pastoral support. The house reflects many of the ideas from the community and staff about what was important to them in living in Duchesne, and how they could provide the best care possible.
On Wednesday 26th June, many RSCJ in London and staff came together to celebrate the end of the project, and to thank all those involved. The three architects, many of the builders, and other contributors to the project joined us and were thanked for their excellent work, and the quality of their relationships with us. The community were also thanked for their patience and collaboration, and their engagement with the whole programme throughout these two years. Special thanks went to the Duchesne Advisory Team project team, who had been on site weekly, consulting regularly with the community and staff, and managing the relationship with the architects and builders.
We hope that the original aims of the refurbishment will be fulfilled: to create a house where RSCJ can live their lives as independently and as best they can, as they continue to be part of the Society's prayer, and mission of making known God's love.