History of St. Paul’s Senior Homes & Services

St. Paul’s Senior Services, formerly St. Paul’s Senior Homes & Services

The concept for St. Paul’s Senior Homes & Services started in 1953 with seven years of initial concept, feasibility studies, and fund acquisition to establish a residential community for San Diego’s elderly of modest means.

The corporation was established in 1960, and the next 55 years from 1960 to 2015 represents years of hard work and determination to be the most innovative and exceptional senior program provider in San Diego County. This work engaged many volunteer leaders, donors, residents and staff, who make the world a better place.

The opening of St. Paul’s Plaza in 2015 is our most ambitious project yet. In keeping with St. Paul’s Senior Homes & Services reputation for innovation, the Plaza is a family friendly retirement community. The Plaza will begin our journey of serving a new generation of seniors; a generation that will not embrace retirement, but will wish to continue a vibrant community life, one where they are secure, feel at home, can have fun, and make lifestyle choices every day.

St. Paul’s Senior Homes & Services has made it a mission to recognize the needs of the San Diego senior community and create services and programs which accommodate those needs. St. Paul’s PACE program and the senior day program are examples of that. In October 2014, the Board of Trustees voted to change the name of St. Paul’s Senior Homes & Services to St. Paul’s Senior Services. Although a subtle change, it is one which now reflects the many services beyond residential living that St. Paul’s offers.

As we continue to resource the needs of community seniors, we also commit to changing and meeting those needs over time. We can only do this with your support and commitment to those seniors who have made our world a better place for future generations.

1953 St. Paul’s Cathedral parishioners study the feasibility of erecting a retirement home for elderly people of modest means.
1960 A non-profit corporation is established and Articles of Incorporation recorded.
1963 First residents welcomed to St. Paul’s Manor, First HUD building in California.
1966 Groundbreaking for the Tower.
1967 Manor Tower fully occupied.
1978 Plans for a Health Center begin and a fundraising office is established.
1982 Construction completed on St. Paul’s Health Care Center, later, in 1996, it is named John A. McColl Family Health Center.
1984 Love Uniting Volunteers (LUV) Auxiliary founded.
1987 Assisted Living Program established at the Manor, the first in the Nation.
1990 Assisted Living Program expanded to the Manor Tower.
1992 St. Paul’s Villa is acquired and new services established.
1996 St Paul’s Community Care Center is donated.
1997 St. Paul’s Intergenerational Program opens.
1998 Feasibility of a PACE Program introduced.
2008 St. Paul’s PACE opens in Bankers Hill.
2010 St. Paul’s Villa opens a Memory Care Program.
2012 St. Paul’s PACE Chula Vista opens.
2013 Parker Kier homeless housing partnership begins.
2014 Groundbreaking for St. Paul’s Plaza.
2015 Expected opening of St. Paul’s Plaza.
2015 Low-income Housing partnership for Homeless Veterans opens.