The year was 1871. A young woman lay dying at Louisville’s City Hospital, overcome with sadness, knowing her young son had no place to go, no one to care for him.
“I have loved the church,” she told her pastor William A. Broadhurst, who was at her bedside. “It has been my desire to live to raise my boy that I might see him a Christian, but God wills that I must die now. Can I hope some Christian will take my boy? Why have we no home for such as this, like others?”
Brother and Mrs. Broadhurst took pity on the child and welcomed him into their home, where the Broadhursts and members of the Floyd and Chestnut Street Church congregation cared for him. With the support of his church members, Brother Broadhurst went to work to establish a home that would care for widows and orphans from Christian Churches across Kentucky. A home where they would find protection, care and friends.
In May, 1884, the dream becomes a reality, and the Christian Church Widows’ and Orphans’ Home of Kentucky opened its doors at 1013 East Jefferson Street in Louisville. About the home Brother Broadhurst wrote: “(It) is a fact. Its work is already on record. Hearts have been made happy that were sad in the fearful thought of being homeless and friendless.”
This is the faith-inspired legacy of caring from which Christian Care Communities grew.
Celebrate a Legacy of Caring
Today, as Kentucky’s largest faith-inspired provider of senior living, services and long-term care for Older Adults, Christian Care Communities continues this legacy of caring. At Christian Care, “enhancing the journey of life” means devotion to the care, service and programs that make a real difference in the quality of life and health of Older Adults and their families.
Sunday, October 15, through Saturday, October 21, we celebrate Christian Care’s 134rd birthday and “Founder’s Week,” with music, food and special events on our campuses throughout Kentucky. A list of some of our locations and events is below. Call for a listing of all our events (502) 254-4200. Visit, and enjoy the fun!
Celebrate 134 years of Faith, Care and Family! And consider a special “birthday gift” to support our mission of caring. Click here to donate online.
Bridgepointe at Ashgrove Woods, Nicholasville
Monday, 10/16, Meet & Greet with Rev. Broadhurst, 10a | Wednesday, 10/18, Creative Verse Craft Shop, 1:30p | Saturday, 10/21 Fall Festival, Lunch & Games, Noon-2p
Village Manor, Bowling Green
Tuesday, 10/17, Ice Cream Social, 2pm | Friday, 10/20, Norris Sheehan Pastoral Care BBQ Cookout, 11a-1p
Monday, 10/16, Movie on the Lawn, 6:30pm | Tuesday, 10/17, Bake & Decorate Founder’s Party, 2:30p
Sunday, 10/15, Kick-Off & Revival, 6pm | Wednesday, 10/18, Cookout, 6p | Thursday, 10/19, Fall Festival, Noon-2p
Monday, 10/16, Founder’s Week Proclamation with Mayor & County Judge, Cookies & Punch, 9:30a | Wednesday, 10/18, Ice Cream Social & Book Reading, 2-4p
Chapel & Friendship House, Christian Health Center, Louisville
Monday, 10/16, Thank You to First Responder’s Meal, Fire Safety Training, 2-4p | Wednesday, 10/18, Movie Matinee, 3p | Friday, 10/20, Party, Prime Time Band, Cake & Photo Booth, 2:30p
Christian Health Center West, Louisville
Monday, 10/16, Residents’ Day with Give-aways throughout the day | Friday, 10/20, First Responder’s Day
The Homeplace at Midway
Monday, 10/16, First Responder’s & Community Leaders Breakfast, 8:30-9:30a | Wednesday, 10/18, History of Christian Care & Prayer Service, 9a
Monday, 10/16, Supper with Taylorsville Community Church, 6pm | Wednesday, 10/18, Coffee & Prayer Service, 10a, Soup & Serve Project, 6p | Saturday, 10/21, Music, Musings & Milkshakes, 7:30p