Ohio Freemasonry is built upon principles of brotherly love, relief and truth. Thus, its involvement in charitable work is a natural, practical representation of this philosophy. The establishment of the Ohio Masonic Home Foundation is a great example of that philosophy translated into service delivered with care, compassion and concern every day for over 120 years.
Charity, except in its narrowest sense, does not mean to give. In its proper, its supreme sense it stands for love. The Ohio Masonic Home Foundation is a manifestation of that Brotherly Love which has made Freemasonry the synonym of devotion, service and friendship throughout the world.
On October 19, 1892, a long parade of Masons from all over Ohio, and visiting fellows from abroad, marched the several miles from Downtown Springfield for the Cornerstone laying of a “castle” on a hill west of town. It was splendidly new then. Over 120 years later, it is still splendid in a purpose dreamed of and planned for and still growing and changing with the times.
Over time, the programs and services provided by the Ohio Masonic Home have transitioned to meet the current needs of society. Initially it provided a home for widows and orphans in a time of great distress following the Civil War. In later years, a hospital was built at the Home to care for those who were physically disabled and financially distressed. Eventually the facility became a nursing home and then a senior living community. Today the company not only provides senior housing and care at three communities across the State of Ohio but also has evolved into an aging services company partnering with people where they want, and how they want, doing whatever they aspire to do.
Since it began it 1892, thousands of individuals and families have benefitted from life at the Home. Ohio Freemasons, those who have been touched by the services and programming, and the community at large greatest tribute to the wonderful past of the “Home” is to provide the necessary support for future care, compassion and concern.