The Jeanne Jugan Residence in San Pedro will continue to operate as a senior living facility under a new owner, the Little Sisters of the Poor announced May 26. 

Grace S. Mercado, who operates three other nursing homes and a home for disabled children in California, will take over as owner and operator of the residence. 

In February of 2020, the Little Sisters of the Poor announced that they would be withdrawing from the residence. At the time, the sisters pledged to find a “mission-driven sponsor” to continue their work and allow residents and staff to remain. 

In a statement, the sisters said that “Grace’s own deep faith will allow the Home to attend to the spiritual needs of the residents, which gives us great consolation.  

“While it is always difficult for the Little Sisters to withdraw from any of our Homes, knowing that the residents will continue to receive good care does provide us comfort.”

In deciding to leave the residence, the sisters had cited issues keeping up with ever-changing government regulations around elder and end-of-life care, and a lack of vocations. When the decision was announced, seven sisters lived at the Jeanne Jugan Residence, caring for 97 residents with different levels of physical and mental health needs. 

The sisters have resided and operated the residence since 1979. The home has served the elderly since 1905.