Presbyterian Homes is a church-related continuing-care retirement community with about 600 residents on its North Evanston campus. Levels of care include independent living, assisted living, and a full health care center. Housing includes cottages, townhouses, and apartments located in on an attractive 40-acre campus in northwest Evanston. Presbyterian Homes was founded by the Presbytery of Chicago in 1904 and is now open to person of all faith backgrounds. Presbyterian Homes continues its Geneva Place benevolent program for Presbyterians of limited means. No Presbyterian is excluded because of the inability to pay.
Evanston is a small city north of Chicago, the home of Northwestern University and two theological seminaries. Presbyterian Homes' residents include single persons, widows, widowers, and couples aged 65 to 105 from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds. The Health Care Center has 180 residents. Assisted living has 100 residents. Independent living has 320 residents.
The Chaplain Intern training program at Presbyterian Homes was originally established in 1983. Each year, five chaplain interns work together as a team. They learn from each other as well as from the supervising chaplains. Participants learn about ministry with older adults in a special Monday morning colloquium where stimulating speakers take turns teaching. There is an opportunity for dialogue with medical doctors, psychiatrists, social workers, chaplains and administrators. Chaplain interns visit residents, take turns preaching ,and help to plan and lead worship services. Students have the opportunity to participate in psychiatric consults, medical meetings, and an Ethics Committee. The experience is good preparation for future work in chaplaincy or local parish ministry. The program has received consistently high marks from seminarians as a supportive and challenging environment in which to learn ministry skills.
Presbyterian Homes is located about a mile off the Edens Expressway just north of the city. The campus is also accessible with public transportation.
The supervising chaplains are Reverend Janet Aldrich and Dr. Frank Baldwin.