Cleveland Building Transitions to Safety

It is hard to imagine what the owners of Cleveland's abandoned 76-room TraveLodge motel must have thought when Sister Loretta and Sister Donna announced that they wanted to buy what they called a "notorious cathouse." "Sister Donna and I had about $1.98 between us," recalls Sister Loretta. But the two nuns of the Sisters of St. Joseph had other assets, acquired during years of working to help the poor against heavy odds, that they leveraged into a remarkable deal. They managed to raise the $270,000 purchase price from banks, churches, government organizations and James Rouse's Enterprise Foundation -- plus an additional...

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