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Who is creating Siena on the Lake?
Siena on the Lake is the result of a collaboration between the Sisters of St. Dominic (Racine Dominicans) and Lincoln Lutheran of Racine, Inc. (LLOR), each a not-for-profit, non-stock corporation.
Racine Dominican History
Now celebrating their sesquicentennial, the Racine Dominicans have lived and ministered in the city and beyond since 1862, primarily serving in education. In recent decades, they have extended their efforts into pastoral ministry, retreats, and social justice. Their mission is summarized in the motto, “Committed to Truth, Compelled to Justice.”
Celebrating a long history in Racine: the Racine Dominican Park Avenue Motherhouse, circa 1864
In 1965, the community moved its headquarters from Park Avenue to Erie Street, naming the new site Siena Center. By the turn of the century, however, the structure built for nearly three hundred sisters was housing less than a hundred, and its plumbing and electrical systems were deteriorating beyond repair. Wishing to put their lakeside property to optimal use not only for their own needs but for the good of the greater Racine population, the sisters sought to collaborate with Lincoln Lutheran of Racine in creating a new and unique community — a community marked by a vibrant spiritual, intellectual, and physical life and meeting not only the needs of all of its residents but reaching out also in service to others. Such was the birth of Siena Partners and the dream of Siena on the Lake.
Preservation of the Racine Dominicans’ identity and mission and of their home on this site is central to the Guiding Principles and objectives of this partnership and project.
Lincoln Lutheran of Racine History
Lincoln Lutheran of Racine Wisconsin, Inc. (LLOR) has been serving the greater Racine elder community since 1954 in a variety of locations and levels of care. Their current scope of services includes the management and oversight of independent residences, an integrated Residential Care Apartment Complex (RCAC, 2004), and two skilled nursing facilities (SNF). Lincoln Lutheran continues to serve the community in other capacities as well, offering a full range of community services, including Adult Day Services, HomeLinc (a supportive in-home program), and Wisconsin’s first Meals on Wheels program in 1965. Last year more than 80,000 meals were delivered (mostly by volunteers) to homebound older adults throughout Racine County.
The original Lincoln Lutheran Home (1955) at 2015 Prospect Street