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The Convent
Next we come to the convent. As kids we were not allowed in the convent except if we had chores there. Well that is still the case today as it is being used as Touchstone Hall, a 50-bed adolescent residential treatment facility serving chemically dependent males ages 13 to 17 years of age and is operated by the county's Vantage Health System, Inc. under contract with Bergen County Special Services.


The residents of the drug rehab program are all dressed in white shirts and dark ties, apparently to break them of their drug and street attitudes associated with their former individualized attire. It is an interesting parallel that the nuns who once lived here were also uniformly dressed in black habits with white headdress. We could get into how the reasons have some interesting parallels in as much as the need for each to remove individuality for a more noble cause. But that's another discussion.


This section of the corridor is just outside the convent going toward the cafeteria which is our next stop.


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