The old St. Mary’s Hospital in DeKalb is one of the potential sites being considered by Safe Passage for a new location. Having sat empty for many years, the Safe Passage board and staff view this as a unique opportunity to rehabilitate the site and restore it as the building of healing and hope it used to be.
Safe Passage first expressed interest in the building in 2015 and began the process of conducting feasibility studies and obtaining architectural designs that showed the space could work perfectly for our expansion. The statewide budget crisis that soon followed caused plans to be put on hold. When funding was restored in 2017, the Safe Passage board again began to plan in earnest for the potential purchase and rehab of the building. In June of 2018, a community member generously offered to donate the full cost of the purchase. At this time, the building remains a strong possibility for Safe Passage’s future.