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Seventy-Five State Street

Who We Are

It is the mission of Seventy-Five State Street to promote the independence, dignity, and individuality of older people of all financial abilities by offering stimulating and supportive programs and services in a gracious urban, residential setting. Description:  Seventy-Five State Street is a vibrant community for the elderly of all backgrounds. Those who contribute to its operation can expect to enrich the lives of hundreds of current and future residents of one of the oldest not-for-profit, charitable institutions in the city of Portland. At the present time, over one third of residents have their care and housing subsidized by our endowment fund in addition to the Medicaid system. Therefore, it is essential to receive strong support from the larger community to ensure that this good work continues. History:  In 1854, the Association for the Relief of Aged Indigent Women was established. It was located on the corner of Elm and Oxford Streets, funded by city churches and addressed the needs of widows, domestic staff and others without families. An endowment fund was established with assets left by former residents. In 1870, the name was officially changed to The Home for Aged Women. In 1872, the Home was moved to 64 Emery Street. In 1926, it was operated by an all volunteer Board of Managers, and a nursing wing was built. In 1968, extensive repairs and renovations were needed at 64 Emery Street. Therefore, in 1969, a Board of Trustees was formed; an administrator was hired; and plans were made for a new building. In 1975, the current building opened and was named Seventy-Five State Street. In 1984, a wing was added, and the former Park Danforth buildings were purchased. Male residents were now included. In 1999, an independent living program was established. Today Seventy-Five State Street offers both independent and assisted living opportunities in the heart of Portland’s historic West End. As one of the oldest not-for-profit, charitable institutions in the city, it is locally controlled by an all volunteer Board of Trustees. It is a vibrant community of diverse individuals from all economic backgrounds where residents feel secure that they have never been asked to leave for inability to pay. An active residents’ government exists; programs are resident driven; and residents serve on the Board of Trustees as well as on the Board of Managers. Seventy-Five State Street functions as a small city within a city with a distinct family atmosphere. A professional management team oversees a staff which exhibits impressive longevity, thereby eliminating the need for outside agency assistance. The staff is trained to focus on individual choice, dignity and autonomy for all residents. At present, the physical plant is made up of 157 private apartments ( roughly 1/2 independent and 1/2 assisted living), dining rooms, sitting areas, meeting rooms, a theater, a community center and store at Main Street USA, as well as garden areas for outdoor enjoyment. During its 160 years of service, Seventy-Five State Street has learned to evolve and change with the times. The organization has been pro-active regarding state regulation and, thus, has influenced state policy-making in the assisted living arena. Today, as in the past, Seventy-Five State Street continues to provide a comfortable, safe and supportive environment for its many residents.

What We Do

It is the mission of Seventy-Five State Streetto promote the independence, dignity, and individuality of older people of all financial abilities by offering stimulating and supportive programs and services in a gracious urban residential setting. Since its creation in 1854, Seventy-Five State Street has continued to provide a comfortable, safe and supportive environment for its many residents.        Â

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