As an 84-year-old woman who became a widow in 1886, Ruth Sabin found herself alone so she wished to develop a haven for other women like her. In an extraordinary act of philanthropy, she gave $25,000 toward land and construction of an institution. She didn’t stop there, she went on to establish a trust fund with an initial contribution of $33,000 to support the Ruth Sabin Home.
Since its opening in 1889, the home has served her mission, and now is open to men as well. It is not a nursing home, or an assisted living facility. Medical services are not provided. Residents can care for themselves but simply wish to enjoy active social lives in a shared environment.
Structurally, the Ruth Sabin Home in La Porte is the one of the oldest buildings operating under its original intent in the city. Ruth Sabin’s mission is alive and well 125 years after opening and the home’s Board of Trustees invites the public to celebrate. An open house will be from 2-5 p.m., on June 28 on 1603 Michigan Avenue, La Porte. Attendees can take a tour of the beautiful Victorian-era home that continues to serve as an independent living facility for seniors. Refreshments will be available. La Porte County Historian Fern Eddy Schultz will present two short programs on the home’s rich history at from 2-2:30 p.m., and again from 3:30-4 p.m.
For more information about the open house or the Ruth Sabin Home, visit www.ruthsabinhome.comor call (219) 362-2256.