There are four residential retirement and/or nursing homes established by the Daughters of the British Empire in the U.S.A. (DBE) and now supported by the DBE and other British-American philanthropic organizations. Each Home has its own characteristics, but all are beautifully furnished, often with personal belongings of the residents. The public rooms are attractive and comfortable with a cheerful atmosphere.
The main purpose of the Daughters of the British Empire in Oregon is to support the Western District Home in Sierra Madre, California.
The British Home in California, Ltd. is a very unique life care facility. It was formally opened in 1931 by a group of British women affiliated with The Daughters of the British Empire (D.B.E.) in the Western District. Their vision of a place where elderly people could be cared for in a warm and kind environment continues to this day.
On September 22, 1931, Sir John Adams, Consul General of Great Britain, formally opened the British Home. Mrs. Florence Shaefer of Long Beach donated the money for the second resident cottage. The cottage was named after her, and this building today houses nine residents. Its front verandah, facing Manzanita Avenue, provides a cool and shady spot in the late afternoon. In 1934, Mr. Harry J. Foskett of Pacific Palisades donated the money necessary to purchase the lot behind Shaefer Cottage, which fronted on Ramona Avenue, and built the nine room cottage which is there today.