After 105 years, Little Sisters of the Poor is closing its assisted living facility in the West Highlands.
The Catholic nonprofit, which is dedicated to caring for the elderly poor, announced that it would be closing the Mullen Home at 3629 W. 29th Ave. at the end of October.
The land and the buildings will then be deeded to the Archdiocese of Denver.
Little Sisters of the Poor built the Mullen Home in 1917 and opened it to senior residents the following year. It built new additions and apartments throughout the ‘70s and ‘80s.
John Mullen, founder of the Colorado Milling and Elevator Co., and his wife Catherine financed the purchase of the land and the construction of the Mullen Home, hence the name, according to a news release.
The 109,639-square-foot senior care facility sits on an 8.24-acre lot. It has 17 apartments for independent living and 42 nursing care rooms.
The nonprofit has been closing a number of homes around the country as part of a strategic plan to dedicate more resources to needed upgrades and reconstruction projects in others, according to the release.
Little Sisters of the Poor, which was founded in 1839, once had 50 senior care facilities around the U.S., but is now down to 23 facilities.
Ahead of the Mullen Home’s closure, Little Sisters of the Poor is assisting its residents and their families with finding new accommodations based on their needs.
Mullen stated in his deed that if the Little Sisters of the Poor were to ever withdraw from the property it should be passed on to the Archdiocese of Denver, according to Kevin Greaney, executive director of marketing and communications for the Archdiocese of Denver.
The Archdiocese of Denver doesn’t have any immediate plans for the former senior care facility, but Greaney said they plan to use it for a ministry-related purpose.