1914, Mrs. Scott, an African-American widow of modest means,
took an indigent, African-American widow who had no place to
live and no one to care for her into her home. This
gesture of kindness and compassion laid the foundation for
the Mary Scott Nursing Center.
essentially an unknown, clearly Mary Scott chose to do what
she could. She reached out, took in a guest, and
treated her with kindness, dignity and compassion.
From that random act of charity has grown a legacy of huge
the support of the community and area churches, Mary Scott
relocated to a larger home on Garst Street and became a
non-profit organization serving primarily African-American
men and women with little or no resources. Friends and
supporters included David Rike, the Dayton Foundation,
service clubs and churches.
It was 1983 when the Mary Scott Nursing
Center relocated to its present facility on Campus Drive in
Dayton View. Mary Scott continues to be one of just a
few non-profit minority-owned health care facilities in the
state.Thousands of older citizens have lived out
the remainder of their lives in the Christian "home" of the
Mary Scott Nursing Center. They have been and continue
to be treated with dignity, honor and respect.
Entertainer Pearl Bailey once said,
"People see God every day; they just don’t recognize Him."
Come to the Mary Scott Nursing Center and you’ll see
God…you should recognize him in the faces of the
residents, volunteers and employees.