On the land where till 1962 stood a navy rest camp in the limits of Siggiewi which was later rented by the Govenment to the Malta Catholic Action Movement Mgr Azzopardi built the first residence for persons with disabilities in Malta. The residence which started being built in December 1965 was named Villa Monsinjur Gonzi for the then Archbishop of Malta who gave the sum of LM3,000 (around €7000) which were given to him on the occassion of his 80th birthday.
The building includes a convent for the nuns from the Congregation of Sisters of St Jeanne Antide Thouret who took up residence on the 12th January 1968. They were Id-Dar tal-Providenza’s first support workers aided by volunteers and subsequently by employed lay personnel. The nuns have given full time service since then.
In February 1968 Villa Monsignor Gonzi opened its doors to welcome Id-Dar tal-Providenza’s first group of residents.
In the 80’s this residence was demolished and rebuilt as it stands today and it houses three distinct flats: San Ġużepp, Jasmine and San Nikola.
From 2013 it also houses a multi sensory room.
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