2015 represents 55 years of St. Paul’s dedication to seniors and families in the San Diego community and it’s with great pride that we take this opportunity to reflect on only on the achievements of 2014, but also the past 54 years.
The concept for St. Paul’s 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, all local San Diegans 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 reputation for innovation, the Plaza will be a family-friendly retirement community. It will be a community where family and friends will feel at home when visiting their loved ones. With a children’s playground, family dining rooms where private dinners can be prepared as if in one’s own home kitchen, to a pub where visitors can enjoy the weekend ball game, there is something for everyone to enjoy. This incredible facility will serve those of modest means with a first-class resort-like experience.
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’re secure, feel at home, can have fun, and make their own lifestyle choices every day.
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’s one which now reflects the many services beyond residential living that St. Paul’s offers.
Recently, the three Boards of Trustees reorganized to be more proactive and responsive to opportunities and challenges within our service field. Subsequently, an internal staff reorganization has occurred, and after ten years of unchanging management positions, two new appointments were created and several staff were promoted as a result of their proven commitment to additional training and internships… These changes will ensure the continuity of exceptional service to seniors, as well as continued growth into the future. As we continue to be a resource for 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.
Faithfully Yours, Cheryl Wilson, RN, MA, LNHA Chief Executive Officer