Our Mission Statement
The mission of Maple Knoll Communities, Inc. is to be a growing provider of outstanding facilities and services for the aging within the TriState area which allows those we serve to thrive in a safe, stimulating, and dignified environment.Â This will be accomplished through the practice of responsible fiscal stewardship.
The history of Maple Knoll Communities, Inc. begins in 1848, when a group of concerned citizens of Cincinnati witnessed the untenable situation of elderly persons without families. Led by Mrs. Lydia Beecher, the stepmother of Harriet Beecher Stowe, this benevolent group created a home for these individuals and planted the seeds of what would become LifeSphere.
The history of this organization is a legacy of service to the community and to the welfare of older adults. Following this paragraph is a timeline that begins in 1848 and continues through today.
1848 - Mrs. Lydia Beecher founds The Society for
the Relief of Aged Indigent Women.
1851 - The Society for the Relief of Aged Indigent Women changes its name to The Home for Aged and Indigent Women and incorporated.
1855 - The Protestant Home for the Friendless and Foundlings is established by a group of Cincinnati ladies as a "refuge for destitute women".
1879 - Abram M. Taylor, one of the first trustees of the Widows' Home, bequeaths money to establish a home for old men. He wants to consolidate the management of the Old Men's Home and the Widows' Home; the two organizations enter into an agreement.
1881 - Mrs. Lauretta Gibson founds The Bodmann German Protestant Widows' Home.
1884 - The Protestant Home for the Friendless and Foundlings changes its name to The Hospital and Home for the Friendless.
1916 - The Bodmann German Protestant Widows' Home becomes the Bodmann Widows' Home.
1932 - The Widow's Home and the Old Men's Home are officially consolidated and incorporate as the Widow's and Old Men's Home.
1950 - The Hospital and Home for the Friendless becomes Maple Knoll Hospital and Home. (Click here for more information.)
1973 - The Maple Knoll Hospital and Home merges with the Widows' and Old Men's home under the leadership of Jerry D. Smart, president of the Widows' and Old Men's Home. Southwestern Ohio Seniors' Services, Inc. is introduced as the new corporate name for the merged organization.
1974 - The Bodmann Widows' Home is merged into Southwestern Ohio Seniors' Services, Inc.
1977 - Maple Knoll Village opens to seniors, providing independent living apartments and long-term nursing facilities.
1995 - WMKV 89.3 FM, the flagship radio station of the LifeSphere network, opens in 1995 as the nations first educational public radio station to be licensed to a retirement community. The station features big band music and information regarding activities and services available to older adults.
1997 - Sycamore Senior Adult Multi-Service Center, Inc. merges with SOSSI. Sycamore Senior Adult Multi-Service Center, Inc. includes Sycamore Senior Center, Anderson Senior Center, a home health agency and two elderly housing facilities, Mount View Terrace and Corbly Trace.
2000 - SOSSI expands into Oxford Ohio, opening a new retirement community called The Knolls of Oxford. When complete in 2004, The Knolls also will include 80 cottages, 40 assisted living apartments and 50 nursing care units.
2001 - Southwestern Ohio Seniors' Services, Inc. becomes LifeSphere.
2001 - LifeSphere helps to celebrate the Grand Opening of the brand new Sycamore Senior Center with a up to the minute facility as well as fresh programs.
2002 - LifeSphere celebrates the Grand Opening of the Life Enriching Gardens located on the campus of Maple Knoll Village. The gardens, which include a Memory Garden, Enabling Garden, and a Children's Garden, seek to improve the quality of life for those who live and work within the facility.
2002 - Maple Knoll Village proudly celebrates its 25th Anniversary of serving older adults within the Greater Cincinnati area.
2004 - James M. Formal takes over as the new President and CEO of LifeSphere. Mr. Formal sees his new position as an opportunity to position LifeSphere to be successful far into the future.
2005 - The Knolls of Oxford and Miami University enter into an affiliation that will advance interaction between the two organizations. Among the benefits of this agreement are: research and internship opportunities for students, new educational experiences, and increased intergenerational experiences for both parties.
2005 - LifeSphere Home Health Services are recognized as a National Best practice Agency and are invited to take part in The National Hospitalization Study.
2006 - In partnership with home builder Great Traditions Homes, Inc. construction begins on the New Westminster Cottages. The 22 cottages are the largest in the history of LifeSphere.
2006 - WMKV 89.3 FM signs an unprecedented agreement with FOX19 allowing WMKV to broadcast morning news. Other changes within the radio station include the revival of classic programs such as Theater of the Mind, Mystery Playhouse and The Big Broadcast.
2007 - Again with Great Traditions Homes, LifeSphere breaks ground on 56 new apartments called Kensington Place on the campus of Maple Knoll Village and 14 new villas called Redbud Trace on The Knolls of Oxford campus.
2007 - Sycamore Senior Center celebrates 30 years of serving active older adults in 31 communities across the TriState.
2007 - Thanks to a very generous donation of $1 million from resident Martin Hemsworth, the Maple Knoll Wellness Center is renovated and renamed the Ann and Martin Hemsworth Wellness Center on the campus of Maple Knoll Village.
2008 - LifeSphere becomes Maple Knoll Communities Inc.