History: Celebrating 137 Years of Caring
The Saint Elizabeth Community was founded in 1882 on Melrose Street in Providence by the ladies of the Grace Episcopal Church. Their mission was to provide a caring home for elderly women who were widowed or unmarried and in need of assistance.
Thirty-two years later, a fire destroyed the original structure, however, it was rebuilt and reopened in 1916. Through the 1900s Saint Elizabeth Home expanded to meet the demands of the community it served. In 1983, Saint Elizabeth Place, (formerly Westminster Place) joined the Community providing independent apartments for low-income seniors as well as those with mobility impairments and soon after, Saint Elizabeth Manor (formerly Metacom Manor) joined in 1990, allowing seniors to access the Community's signature care in the East Bay.
By 2000, it was clear that the original Melrose Street location had outlived its useful life and was in need of renovation. A capital campaign was embarked upon and in 2001, 109 residents and 175 staff members moved into the newly constructed Saint Elizabeth Home now located in East Greenwich.
By August 2003, the renovations were completed on the original Home and the historic site on Melrose Street was renamed Saint Elizabeth Court, and reopened as an assisted living facility. Saint Elizabeth Court is now home to 71 residents.
Continuing to grow and expand its services, in January 2009, Cornerstone Adult Services, Inc. became a member of Saint Elizabeth Community adding adult day services to the array of services offered by Saint Elizabeth Community. Cornerstone has five locations in Rhode Island, including a specialized Memory Care Center in Warwick and four other adult day centers located in Warwick, Coventry, Bristol, and Little Compton. In May 2018, The Coventry adult day center closed due to the town of Coventry’s plans to build on the site. Participants moved to Cornerstone’s Warwick day center locations.
Also in 2009, Saint Elizabeth Community was awarded a $5.2 million grant from Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to build a 34 unit apartment building for low income seniors with supportive services. Construction on Saint Elizabeth Terrace began in 2010 and Saint Elizabeth Terrace opened in February 2012. Saint Elizabeth Terrace is located next door to the Cornerstone Memory Care Center in Warwick.
In October of 2015 construction began on The GREEN HOUSE® Homes at Saint Elizabeth Home. Four homes have been constructed. This is a new concept in nursing home care and these homes each have 12 individuals residing in them.
In 2016, Saint Elizabeth Community acquired Cathleen Naughton Associates, a respected provider of home care services. The home care services offered by Cathleen Naughton Associates compliments the array of services already provided by Saint Elizabeth Community.
Saint Elizabeth Community is a non-profit, non-sectarian, charitable organization that provides a full spectrum of quality care to older adults and people with physical disabilities. Founded in Providence in 1882, the community now has eleven Rhode Island locations offering apartments for independent seniors, home care services, adult day centers, affordable assisted living, skilled nursing and rehab care. With its nonprofit, mission-based focus, superior staff ratios, and reputation for innovative and compassionate care, Saint Elizabeth Community prides itself on being the organization where RI seniors come first.