In 1999, the Inez Myers Senior Outreach Center opened its doors expanding The Village by 17,000 square feet and expanding services. Today, Adult Day serves approximately 60 seniors per day and offers demand transit services to community seniors.
We also saw in 1999, the construction of 60 units of independent senior housing that was funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. This new complex was named Eliza Bryant Manor and has maintained full occupancy since opening.
The Village’s expansion of the Adult Day Program also created a need to expand transportation services. Through the generosity of both public and private support, new vehicles were obtained, enabling Eliza Bryant Village to create a demand transit program to better serve community seniors.
With the successful completion of the Senior Outreach Center and Manor, the Board approved a name change to Eliza Bryant Village.
Eliza Bryant Village continued to grow in 2000 with two major initiatives that were approved by the Board.
- Nursing Home Expansion: A capital campaign was held to raise funds to acquire the former Madonna Hall Nursing Home and to expand the nursing home from 100 to 175 beds. In cooperation with the City of Cleveland, foundations and other philanthropic support, over $10 million dollars was secured for the expansion project. In June 2003, a dedication ceremony was held and residents and staff from Madonna Hall relocated to Eliza Bryant Village.
- Senior Housing Expansion: In September 2000, Eliza Bryant Village was awarded a HUD grant for $3.1 million to construct 44 units of cluster housing for independent seniors. On September 2, 2003, tenants moved into Eliza Bryant’s new Garden Estates, adjacent to the 60 unit Eliza Bryant Manor.
Annual Strategic Planning: At the 2005 annual board and staff retreat, faculty and graduate students from Case Western Reserve University’s Mandel Center for Non Profit Organizations began the development of a three year strategic planning process. A new mission, vision and value statements were approved. They are:
- Mission Statement: Eliza Bryant Village’s mission is to provide quality services, outreach programs and a dignified, compassionate and secure living environment for seniors.
- Vision Statement: Eliza Bryant Village is committed to being a premier provider of outstanding healthcare, programs and services along the continuum of care.
- Value Statement: As the oldest continually operating African American nursing care facility in the United States, Eliza Bryant Village was born out of the compassionate commitment of Eliza Simmons Bryant, the daughter of a freed slave, for the care of the elderly African American community. We continue the culture of community caring tradition and respect, generation after generation. Our extraordinary facilities, outreach programs, and services are designed to enhance the health and well-being of our community’s elders – in an environment that is comfortable, convenient, secure and familiar.
- Senior Housing Expansion: In January 2006, Eliza Bryant Village received nearly $4.3 million to construct an additional 45 units of senior independent housing under Section 202 Supportive Housing Program. Groundbreaking took place in 2007 and the Amasa Ford Lodge was dedicated in 2008 and named after Dr. Amasa Ford, a staunch advocate for the geriatric community and Eliza Bryant Village.
- Capital Campaign: In April 2006, Eliza Bryant Village’s Board of Trustees and Development Committee launched a capital campaign to raise funds for the renovation/expansion of the twenty-year old skilled care unit and occupational/physical therapy units.
- 110 Years of Service: September 2006 marked Eliza Bryant Village’s 110th anniversary. A communications and marketing plan was launched to enhance visibility, fundraising and for recruitment of residents, tenants, program participants and volunteer leadership.
Eliza Bryant Village has experienced tremendous growth and has dramatically repositioned itself to address the growing and changing needs of Cleveland’s seniors. From its original location in 1896 on Giddings Avenue, Eliza Bryant Village has evolved into a comprehensive provider of aging services that is welcome to all and includes adult day, transportation, well seniors, community services, senior housing and skilled nursing care.
Today, Eliza Bryant Village is the oldest continually operating African American long-term care facility in the United States. In 2012, The Village was designated a critical access facility, one of only seven skilled nursing facilities in Ohio. As a safety net organization, Eliza Bryant Village is committed to serving the elderly as a premier provider of outstanding healthcare, programs and services along the continuum of care.
The legacy of legacy of caring for seniors that began with Eliza Simmons Bryant in 1896 is carried on today by an actively engaged board and staff, the tireless commitment of The Village’s three Auxiliaries and the financial support received from foundations, corporations, individuals and our many friends.
Through your support we serve over 1,200 seniors annually. The Village is located on 17 acres of land and is the largest employer in the Hough neighborhood with over 250 full and part-time employees. Eliza Bryant Village is located just a few miles from its original 1896 site and has expanded to a $35 million capital investment that includes eleven buildings.