Heritage on the Marina is proud to be one of San Francisco’s premier Life Plan Communities. It is a non-profit organization owned and operated by the San Francisco Ladies’ Protection and Relief Society, one of California’s first philanthropic organizations, established in 1853.
The mission of the San Francisco Ladies’ Protection and Relief Society is to be an innovative, charitable model for serving the needs of seniors, and to utilize its resources and expertise to serve the San Francisco community.
Marked the organization’s formation “to render Protection and Assistance to strangers, to sick and dependent Women and Children”. For the first three years the Society focused on boarding women in benefactor’s homes, while also operating an employment agency to give women jobs and wages
Established their first dedicated care home on Franklin between Geary & Post. Image courtesy of Western Neighborhoods Project / OpenSFHistory.org
The government mandated foster care as the preferred choice for children, and the “Ark” closed down. The need to care for San Francisco’s elderly women was now more pressing than ever.
Heritage on the Marina’s current land site was donated by another generous benefactor. Julia Morgan, a famous architect best known for her work on Hearst Castle, was enlisted to design a home to provide convalescent care to San Francisco’s elderly women.
The building was completed. Sisters Edith and Lucy Allyne, direct descendants of San Francisco pioneers, donated half the funds to purchase apartments on an adjoining property to house members of the home’s staff.
The need for convalescent care declined. The Ladies’ Protection and Relief Society merged with the Crocker Old People’s Home, and they began offering Life Plan contracts. After the merger, Captain Barrett Hindes, President of the Board of Trustees, led the Board in determining the name for the newly-focused organization.
The San Francisco Ladies’ Protection and Relief Society continues to be a vital force in responding to the needs of an ever-changing city.
David Gruber, Chair
Deborah M. Avakian, Vice-Chair
Dennis Mooradian, Treasurer
Tony Hanley, Secretary
Lewis R. Gridley
Patricia T. Otstott
Leslie L. Van Houten