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“At ERS, we're creating a bright future together.”

Laura Lamb

President & CEO


Since 1951, ERS has worked to improve the lives of older adults through innovative, quality senior living communities and community services to older adults. 

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ERS History | Episcopal Retirement Services

The Episcopal Retirement Services Story

Eleanor Holmes Was a Visionary In Senior Living

During the late 1940s and early 1950s, Mrs. Holmes pioneered the idea that the elderly deserve to age in a home-like environment, where respect and freedom of choice are paramount, and where older adults can actually enjoy full and meaningful lives during their later years.

In 1951, ten philanthropic Cincinnatians joined forces in support of Mrs. Holmes’ vision and formed the Memorial Homes Foundation. The organization’s purpose was to provide loving homes and quality services for the elderly. Mrs. Holmes was named Executive Director of the Bishop Theodore Irving Reese Home, Memorial Homes’ first resident for 20 elderly ladies located in Clifton, a suburb of Cincinnati.

Marjorie P. Lee

Marjorie P. Lee_sm.jpegAmong the Reese Home’s founding trustees was Marjorie Purves Lee. She dedicated her life to caring for her 20 “dear ladies”. When Mrs. Lee became terminally ill, her dying wish was that her husband, Charles, finance and oversee the building of a new and better home to provide continuous care for the ladies – and eventually other elderly men and women from across Cincinnati.

Mrs. Lee’s wish came true in 1963, when the Marjorie P. Lee Retirement Community opened to 60 women residents on Shaw Avenue in Hyde Park.

Charles Lee Funds The Future

During his lifetime, Mr. Lee made major contributions to assist with the operation and maintenance of Marjorie P. Lee. He also provided a generous endowment to the Trustees of the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio. The fund stipulated that its income was to be paid to the Memorial Homes Foundation (now ERS) for the exclusive purpose of assisting with the operation, maintenance, repair, renovation and restoration of the Marjorie P. Lee community.

In 1985, The Memorial Homes Foundation changed its name to Episcopal Retirement Services (ERS). Today, ERS owns and/or manages 28 senior living communities: Marjorie P. LeeDeupree House, and Episcopal Church Home in Louisville and 25 affordable communities across Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. ERS also provides services to seniors who live beyond the walls of our communities through Parish Health MinistryDeupree Meals on Wheels, and Living Well Senior Solutions.

A Rich History In Louisville, Kentucky 

In the early 1800’s, a young man in Louisville, Kentucky named John P. Morton became seriously ill with fever and found himself in need of prolonged personal and medical care.  To his dismay, he learned that quality facilities were not available to him. During a long period of convalescence in “dismal surroundings,” he vowed that if he ever prospered he would ensure that others needing similar care would never have to endure his discomfort.  Many years later, Mr. Morton, a prominent Episcopalian and successful book publisher, fulfilled his promise to build a quality home for convalescent and retirement living.

On November 1, 1881, the cornerstone was laid for the Church Home and Infirmary, later replaced by the present Episcopal Church Home.  On November 2, 1884, Mr. Morton turned the original building over to trustees and issued them the challenge… “My work is done and yours begins!”

Decade By Decade: A Look At ERS Over The Years

Episcopal Retirement Services is proud of it’s history of serving the needs of seniors across Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. From its earliest days caring for 20 women in a single home to becoming a multi-community and multi-service organization, ERS’s not-for-profit difference has helped seniors enjoy their later years with freedom, choice and purpose.


  •  Episcopal Church Home opens in Louisville, Kentucky


  • Memorial Homes Foundation – the precursor to Episcopal Retirement Services – forms (1951). Among the founders: Marjorie P. Lee
  • The Bishop Irving Reese Home opens in Clifton to 20 elder women



  • Expansion at the Marjorie P. Lee community creates a nursing care center and additional independent living apartments
  • Marjorie’s husband, Charles, leaves an endowment in honor of his wife to care for seniors needs


  • Canterbury Court opens in West Carrollton, OH
  • Deupree House is purchased (1982)
  • Memorial Homes Foundation changes its name to Episcopal Retirement Services (1985)
  • Enriched Home Health Care program begins (1986)
  • ERS acquires St. Luke Center (1987)




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Cincinnati, OH 45227

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