Radio Show: Ave Maria Home

For over 60 years, Ave Maria, a non-profit agency, has been providing for the spiritual and physical needs of active seniors, as well as the frail and elderly in a Christ-centered environment in the Memphis and surrounding areas (mission). In 1951, the Ave Maria Guild purchased property in a residential neighborhood in Bartlett, Tennessee to open a home that would provide long-term care for men and women of all faiths and economic backgrounds. Ave Maria Home opened in 1956 with 35 residents.

In 1961, Ave Maria Home transitioned from a care home to a licensed nursing facility. A new wing opened in 1972, and two additional nursing beds were added in 1996, increasing nursing home capacity to its current 75 residents.

Current programs include our Green Houses® Home, licensed for skilled nursing, and offering private apartments and community living; Assisted Living with a specialized dementia unit (St. Luke’s Cottages); and an Adult Day Program. The Adult Day Program serves a growing number of elders who wish to remain in their homes, but who need some assistance with daily living skills.

Admission to Ave Maria is based on a waiting list and medical necessity. Current demographics of our elders include a variety of economic backgrounds (private pay and insurance) and faiths—55% Protestant, 44% Catholic, and 1% Jewish.

Like many nonprofit agencies, Ave Maria must raise annual and capital funds to continue providing quality, long-term care for elders in our community. Funding sources include donations from the Ave Maria Governing Board and staff, the Wings of Ave Maria, individuals, foundations, and corporations. Although located within the Catholic Diocese, Ave Maria does not receive funds from the Diocese or from individual parish churches.

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