Mission and compassion, it’s who we are and why we’re here.

It all started with one woman and a need.

Ninety years old and alone, Alice Kalb was in search of a safe, nurturing place that would allow her to continue to live the life she wanted to live, a place that valued her spiritual needs and where strangers would treat her like family – a place she could call home.

When a community of compassionate Christian leaders from the Presbyterian Synod heard Alice’s story, it stirred an innate responsibility to serve.  Within months, the group had combined its resources to purchase land and build a structure that would not only provide a new home for Alice, but would also plant the seeds for what we know today as Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America (PMMA).

Now, more than 70 years later, PMMA remains driven by that unwavering duty to provide quality senior services guided by Christian values.  In contrast to for-profit senior living corporations, our primary focus is not on creating revenue – but on fulfilling the needs of the seniors we serve.  A mission that has been supported by generations of benefactors whose generosity has enabled us to grow from that single building into a thriving network of care.

The mission of the Department of Giving is to promote this mission by engaging our constituents in meaningful, mutually beneficial, and lifelong relationships that foster and sustain a culture of service and philanthropy.  We work collaboratively with each PMMA entity to provide value to our residents, families, staff and broader communities to secure philanthropic commitments that ensure our tradition of excellence and reputation as a leader in the senior living industry.