American Baptist Homes of the West (ABHOW) was founded in 1949 as Pilgrim Haven Home Corporation with the establishment of Pilgrim Haven retirement community in Los Altos, California as a home for retired American Baptist ministers and missionaries. ABHOW is a tax-exempt, California nonprofit public benefit corporation. The original purpose and commitment to provide quality housing and health care continues today. At all of its retirement communities, ABHOW is committed to caring for older persons regardless of occupation or religious affiliation.
ABHOW communities offer a variety of services and programs for residents. In the continuing care retirement communities, of which there are eleven, at least three levels of care and services are provided: residential living, assisted living and skilled nursing care. At the majority of ABHOW’s CCRCs there are special care units – Groves – for persons afflicted with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. ABHOW also owns and/or manages 31 affordable housing retirement communities, which are residential units for low and/or moderate-income persons. These communities offer primarily residential living with supporting social and recreational activities, transportation, supplemental services assisting residents in activities of daily living, and in some communities, meal programs are provided.
ABHOW has grown from one community serving nine residents in 1949 to serving over 5,000 residents in 42 communities located in four western states. ABHOW’s mission, since the inception of ABHOW, is to care for seniors through the provision of housing, health care and supportive services.