" I am come so that they may have life and have it to the full. " John 10:10


A unique organization helping hundreds of Long Island’s homeless, celebrates 25 years of breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty for families and Veterans on Long Island.
What started as a few Ursuline sisters providing a home to refugees from war-torn Central America in the late 80s, now helps hundreds of Long Island’s homeless.

Early on, the sisters realized the magnitude of Long Island’s homelessness and in order to have successful outcomes they needed to combine the disciplines of education and social work.
The program designed became New Ground.
Three Ursuline Sisters, Sr. Máiréad Barrett, founder, along with the late Sr. Mary Schramm, Sr. Catherine Talia and two Sisters from other congregations, created a home where those in need could find refuge.
Five years later, in 1991, New Ground was founded. Over the years, several Ursuline Sisters have ministered to New Ground clients. Sr. Geraldine Conklin and Sr. Joan of Arc Spelman tutored both children and adults in English and reading.
Sr. Valerie Heinonen and the late Sr. Eileen Gallagher served on the Board of Directors.

Through several programs, New Ground strives to provide affordable, low-income housing as well as educational, vocational and mental health support.
New Ground assesses each individual and addresses issues preventing them from achieving independence, working to eliminate them one by one.
Program participants are assisted with returning to school and/or vocational training to increase their earning potential.
Parents receive guidance with financial education and budgeting, parenting skills, nutritional, medical and mental health challenges.
In order to break the cycle for the following generation, New Ground makes advocating for children’s education a priority.
New Ground also works to meet the social needs of children through their “Special Memories Program.”
This program helps families celebrate holidays, create a positive atmosphere in the home and even gives each child an opportunity to attend summer camp.
The Ursuline Sisters and Associates of Tildonk strive to make God known and loved.
We make a difference in society through the witness of our life profoundly rooted in God; a life of simplicity, harmony, mutuality and hospitality