Mary Ryder Home is committed to serving the fastest growing
segment of the elderly population: Seniors, struggling in poverty,
who can no longer live independently.
Mrs. Loretta Anich
Mrs. Loretta Anich is a perfect example of how quickly many Seniors find themselves
with few viable options and nowhere to turn for help. Mrs. Anich was forced
into early retirement by chronic health conditions and struggled to pay for
rent, food, utilities, expensive medications and other basics on Social Security
She developed a serious medical crisis and, with the rapid
decline of her health, learned she could no longer live independently.
With a small savings, some facilities would provide private
pay care for her but, once her savings were depleted, she would
be forced to move to a facility that would accept Medicaid.
After visiting, Mrs. Anich knew Mary Ryder Home was where she
needed to be. As she shared, “I have found a home and
I am happy here! Like a flower, I have blossomed.”
Ms. Lonzetta Price
Ms. Lonzetta Price became
a “member” of the Mary
Ryder Home family in 2003, after fleeing her son’s abusive
father. Homeless, unemployed and frightened for her safety,
Ms. Price sought temporary shelter from Christian Services.
In poor health and unable to find employment, Ms. Price stayed
with family members for a few weeks and then, desperate for
help, ended up at Shalom House who provided temporary shelter
even though they serve people suffering with drug addiction.
Shalom House helped Lonzetta find a home at Mary Ryder Home. “I
had no money and I couldn’t work because of my health
problems. I would have been homeless and living on the streets
if it hadn’t been for Mary Ryder Home. I am so happy they
let me stay. It’s a nice place and I have good friends
here. I even sing in the choir,” said Ms. Price.
Ms. Eileen Maul
Ms. Eileen Maul became a “member” of the Mary Ryder Home family
in 1980, after fleeing an abusive ex-husband who followed her to three different
states. After moving to St. Louis, Ms. Maul could not find employment and her
clothing was stolen. Penniless, with nowhere safe to live and no one to turn
to for help, Ms. Maul was welcomed to Mary Ryder Home. “If I hadn’t
found Mary Ryder Home, I would have been on the streets, sad to say”,
said Ms. Maul. “I was here for almost 2 years before I could pay anything
and they never asked for a cent and I was treated just like family.”