Our story is one of strivings, setbacks and, ultimately, success. Where we come from says a considerable amount about who we are.
Originally formed prior to 1960, ERC was reactivated in 1975 with seed money from a bequest by Ms. Helen Long of Tacoma. Ms. Long always tried to use her wealth where it would do the most good, and her living trust agreement specified that the money go to the Diocese of Olympia Episcopal Fund for the Aging. The broad language gave ERC considerable latitude in developing housing and services for the elderly of the Diocese of Olympia.
A Formalized Plan
During the next twenty years, ERC struggled to find land and establish itself. In the spring of 1990, Mr. David P. Steele, experienced in the development and management of retirement housing, was named Executive Director and got ERC back on track.
In that same year, Gerontological Services, Inc. was contracted for advice on marketing prospects, and in 1992, formalized plans were made to construct and operate Canterbury Manor in Bremerton, WA. The independent senior community opened its doors August of ’94 and has provided affordable housing and services for over 20 years.
Continuing with its objective to provide church-affiliated, competitively priced retirement communities throughout the Pacific Northwest, ERC set up an assisted living community in Port Angeles, WA. St. Andrew’s Place achieved 95% occupancy four months ahead of schedule in 1998. At present, St. Andrew’s Place is the only non-profit assisted living community on the North Olympic Peninsula accepting Medicaid seniors upon admittance.
In 2009, ERC saw Kitsap Peninsula’s need for a senior adult day center. So came Canterbury Care Center, a day program that affords caregivers a break from the physical demands and stress of round-the-clock care while providing participating seniors with a safe, healthy and loving environment where they feel connected and cared about.
Today, we look forward to bringing a way of life to Western Washington so that all might experience the ERC difference.