A Little About Our Past
Established in 1910 by a group of American Baptist Churches to meet the region’s growing need for a caring home for widows and orphans, Baptist Homes Society quickly outgrew its first residence in West Newton, Pa. Shortly after opening its doors, the organization began searching for a property, and built a campus in Mt. Lebanon. As the organization grew, two cottages were added to the campus in 1926, and a residential wing and intermediate care unit were added in 1951. A Nursing Center, which allowed Baptist Homes to provide a higher level of care to its residents, was dedicated in 1965.
Baptist Homes was the first senior community to offer HUD-financed housing in the South Hills of Pittsburgh. Baptist Manor, a 100-unit apartment complex for lower-income adults 62 and over or mobility-impaired individuals, opened in 1979. A Nursing Center addition opened in 1985 and the renovation of the 54-room personal care residence was completed in 1987. A new chapel, a prominent feature of the campus, was constructed in 1988.
While improvements like the medical clinic and wellness center continued at the Mt. Lebanon campus, plans for a new community, Providence Point, were also in the works. Providence Point opened in 2009 and soon became known as Pittsburgh’s premier retirement address. That campus was expanded in 2019 with an additional residential tower, a new nondenominational chapel, and other improvements.
More than anything, these improvements demonstrate Baptist Homes Society’s commitment to its vision of providing the most fulfilling life possible for all seniors in our community.
Baptist Homes Society has seen tremendous change and growth since its origins over a century ago. Today, the organization operates two senior living communities – Baptist Homes in Mt. Lebanon and Providence Point in Scott Township. It has also expanded its services to include home care (Providence Home Care), and a management consulting company (Baptist Management Services).
With sustained growth and responsible stewardship, Baptist Homes Society will continue its mission of providing a “full continuum of enriched living, compassionate care, and benevolence” well into the next century.