Thanks to the generosity of a donor, Maryville residents are on the road again, enjoying outings and adventures in a new bus.

On Aug. 25, members of the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon campus community joined Maryville residents and staff as Fr. Scott Vandehey and Sr. Josephine Pelster blessed the new bus. Medals of Mary and Joseph were also blessed and placed on the visor of the bus. Immediately after the ceremony, residents went on their first outing: a visit to Ron Tonkin Field in Hillsboro to cheer for the Hillsboro Hops baseball team.

“The new bus is wonderful,” said Marie Fitzgerald, a resident who is the 2017 Rose Princess for Maryville’s Center Unit. “I’m so thankful to those who made this possible.”

The new bus seats 12 passengers, plus the driver, with room for two wheelchairs in the back. It was made possible through an estate gift from the Robert W. Franz Trust. It had been a year since Maryville has had an onsite vehicle for residents to enjoy outings and offsite activities.

“This changes the lives of Maryville residents tremendously,” said Patricia Blood, executive director of Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon Foundation. “It’s always wonderful when a donor is thoughtful enough to make plans to make a difference in the lives of others.”

“Our residents are very excited and thankful that we have generous donors who contribute to the needs at Maryville,” said Administrator Kathleen Perry. “Maryville is home to our residents. They spend most of their time here, so they are always excited to have opportunities to see the world.”

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