Excellence in elder care since 1854
Dated image of original campus building

The Association for the Relief of Aged Indigent Women was founded on the corner of Elm and Oxford Streets in 1854. Funded by city churches, it met the needs of widows, domestic staff, and others without families to help care for them. Its endowment fund was formed with assets left by prior residents. Over the years, that group has become the Seventy Five State Street that we know and love today. Below is an outline of just a few of the noteworthy moments in our SFSS history.

Historical Highlights:

1870 Name was changed to The Home for Aged Women

1872 The Home moved to 64 Emery Street

1926 Due to hard work of the volunteer Board of Managers, nursing wing built

1968 Much needed repairs and renovations at 64 Emery Street

1969 Board of Trustees formed, administrator hired, plans made for new building

1975 Current building opened, name changed to SFSS

1984 Wing added, former Park Danforth buildings purchased, male residents included for first time

1999 Independent living program founded

2009 Renovations totaling $8,000,000 completed

2016 Launched new partnership with Avesta Housing

Over the years, many aspects of our facility have changed, including through timely updates and renovations of our physical spaces. But while the look and feel of Seventy Five State Street will always adapt to a modern climate, one thing will never change: our commitment to providing excellent care for older adults.

These next few years will also mark a very exciting stage for SFSS, as we are undertaking significant renovations in order to make our facility more environmentally friendly. We feel that the best way to honor Seventy Five State Street’s long and rich history is by working toward its bright future!



Board of Trustees

  • Jennifer Cook, Chair/Treasurer
  • Neal Allen, Vice Chair
  • Robert Meeken, Secretary
  • Sean Dugan
  • Noel Genova
  • Kate Guare
  • Paula Johnson
  • Maryann O’Rourke
  • Julia Redding
  • Regi Robnett
  • Edward Suslovic