New paint is the latest progress on a new transitional housing space for two families at Our Lady of Lourdes convent in San Rafael.

Sister Pat Simpson of the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael gathered 10 members in July to paint rooms and hallways for the program that will open this fall. Homeward Bound will partner with the Dominican Sisters to refer eligible families and provide support services.

Their program, which got unanimous approval in May from the San Rafael City Council, will serve two homeless single parents with children under 8 years old. The families would be able to stay for up to two years, with the program set to close after that time.

The unused wing of the convent, known as the “yellow hallway,” has a new front door, a new kitchen, a playroom and a new fenced play area to accommodate the families. Read more in a story from the Marin Independent Journal.