A few years ago, the organization Daughters of Penelope" had four members and was ready to close its local chapter.
Instead they decided to invest their money in the community.
Now they are excited about the completion of a three-story senior, low income apartment complex located on South Merrifield in Mishawaka.
Their $14,500, initial investment laid the ground work to help secure $5.8 million in Housing and Urban Development money to build the facility.
People have been moving in this week, and 40 of the 50 units are already leased.
There are many common areas for the residents. Pets are allowed and there is no smoking on the property.
The group is also planning a second phase of the project, hoping to build another complex next door.
“We are a philanthropic organization so we have put this money forth, used it to, we feel a benefit to our community and know we are just going to sit back and see the smiles on the faces of the residents," said Angela Magrames, of the Daughters of Penelope.
Anyone wanting to tour the apartments or learn more about the Daughters of Penelope can stop by an open house on Thursday from 4-7 p.m.
For more on the Daughters of Penelope, who now have 26 local members, visit the WNDU homepage and click on the Big Red Bar.