The RSHM LIFE Center opened its doors in June of 1995 with the goal of responding to the needs of women and children living in Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown. A handful of young, immigrant women and children drifted in to see what was inside. The LIFE Center soon became known as a safe place where they could relax, make friends, and talk freely about the challenges they and their families faced adjusting to a new country and culture.
Over the next 25 years, a dynamic community center has evolved from that humble beginning. Today the LIFE Center delivers a wide variety of programs to the immigrant community and beyond, serving toddlers to seniors. Our goal continues to be to empower and inspire all who come through our doors.
Please join us – come visit, volunteer, get involved – be inspired!
About the Center
The Mission of the RSHM LIFE Center is to welcome the needy, especially women and children, and to create with them a culture that nurtures human development.
The Center is a special place where people of all faiths and cultural traditions are welcome. Our goal is to empower individuals and families to work effectively for their own development and liberation. The LIFE Center fosters a sense of community, uniting neighbor with neighbor, providing opportunities for connection, education, enrichment, and empowerment.
Our Historyand RSHM Connection
The RSHM LIFE Center was founded in 1995 by the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary (RSHM), an international congregation of women religious who have served in the Sleepy Hollow/Tarrytown area for over 100 years. The mission of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary is “to know and love God, to make God known and loved, to proclaim that Jesus Christ has come that all may have life.” Inspired by this call, the empowerment of women and children is a focus that unites us in fourteen countries: Brazil, East Timor, England, France, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Mozambique, Portugal, Scotland, USA, Wales, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Since our founding in 1849, this faith vision of Father Gailhac, our founder, has been implemented in different ways, according to the needs of the times in various cultures. The spirit of faith and zeal which marked our founder, and our founding sisters, urges us to respond to the needs of our time and to work with others in action for evangelical justice. We place ourselves and our resources at the service of those who are most in need of justice, especially women and children, enabling the powerless, the deprived, the marginalized, the voiceless to work effectively for their own development and liberation.
Our early days…Planning Committee…Opening Blessing…New Friends….
Here at the Center we believe that Learning Is For Everyone!
With the belief that Learning Is For Everyone (LIFE), the Center takes a whole family approach in our programs. We focus on the learning needs of the entire family, from toddlers to adults. Getting to know the families and involving them in the LIFE Center programs helps build stronger community relationships. We believe that community, the witness of unity among people of diverse ages, backgrounds, cultures, and racial origins, is at the heart of our mission in a fragmented and divided world. Together we can make the world a better place.
It’s hard to believe that we will soon pass the one year mark of living through the Covid Pandemic. So many lives lost, so many lives changed. Here at the LIFE Center we are counting our blessings as we look back over the year. We started with food distributions last March, moved into Summer Camp …
RSHM LIFE Center Celebrates 25 years When the LIFE Center was founded 25 years ago our goal was to be of service to the community. These past 10 months have been a challenge we never could have imagined. The heroic efforts of our staff have enabled us to continue the LIFE Center mission to reach …
August is usually down time here at the LIFE Center. Staff are on vacation and we have painting and repair work done. This year included much more. Making plans to continue our ‘Covid Pivot’ were in full swing. There were meetings with school administrators, local organizations, and county officials. All had one thing in mind, …
Grounded in a belief that community requires connection, the RSHM LIFE Center relies on the generosity of friends and partners to make its mission a reality. Thank you to all who help to make the LIFE Center a place of inclusion and unity.
Special thanks to the many groups and individual donors whose generosity is vital to the mission of the RSHM LIFE Center!
Kids Club of Tarrytown & Sleepy Hollow
Westchester Community Foundation
St. Faith’s House Foundation
NJ Community Foundation
Rotary Club of the Tarrytowns
Church of the Magdalene
Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary
Conrad N. Hilton Fund For Sisters
Kendal-on-Hudson Residents Association
Church of St. Barnabas
Jacob Burns Film Center
Catholic Charities NY
Jewish Communal Fund
Milton Tenenbaum Charitable Foundation
The Thursday Club
Gant Family Foundation
Order of Malta
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When New York went into lockdown in March of 2020 the LIFE CENTER was forced to close its doors. But that didn't last long. Even as we closed the doors, we began reaching out to our clients and other stakeholders to find out what their greatest needs were and design the ways we could respond to the crisis here in our community.
Food distribution, Safe Summer Fun and Learning Labs were created to fill the void; all were conducted safely and without incident.
The LIFE Center remains committed to our mission of service to those in need and we are grateful to all who have supported our efforts. Please go to our News and Events page to learn more about how our Covid Pivot enabled us to respond to needs as they arose and see how we continue to make a difference as events change.