Nun dedicated to street people
By SAMANTHA TURNBULL
FOR the past fortnight, The Star has profiled many of Lismore's homeless people to highlight the need for a shelter in the city.
However, there are just as many stories of hope as there are of desolation. One of those is the story of Sister Margaret Mazzer, from Lismore's St Mary's Presentation Convent.
Sister Margaret, who died in June 2004, will be remembered by most for her dedication to helping Lismore's homeless. "She gave her life to the street people of Lismore," said Sister Colleen Reynolds.
"She opened her doors to anyone."
To honour her memory, the Lismore Soup Kitchen committee officially opened a boarding house at the weekend named after Sister Margaret.
Mazzer House, in Casino Street, has seven bedrooms and provides medium-term accommodation to people experiencing difficulties finding affordable rental properties.
It is owned by the Lismore Soup Kitchen committee, which obtained a $50,000 State grant nine years ago to go towards the house. They combined the grant with a $50,000 loan that was paid off last November.