Mason Wright’s roots trace back to 1892 when an African-American real estate investor by the name of Primus Mason died, leaving $25,000 (nearly all of his estate) to “found a home for worthy old men.”
The first “rest home” opened at the corner of Walnut and Union Streets in Springfield. It was torn down in the 1920s to make room for a larger residence, where people continued to receive a room and meals.
Estate and trust gifts continued through the decades, culminating in 1944 when a Springfield cigar manufacturer, Horace Wright, died. We benefited first from $350,000 outright from his estate, then over $150,000 more through the years.
In the 1970s, the Wright Townhouse apartments were constructed. Our big leap in facilities and services came in the late 1990s when the old “rest home” was torn down and our present 90 apartment, licensed assisted living facility was constructed.
Throughout its history the Foundation, for many years known simply as Springfield Home for the Elderly, has operated with a Board of Trustees. The Board of Corporators was created in 2008 to increase our community outreach and governance capacity. The Professional Advisors Board was created in 2010 to further community outreach and as a resource group for residents, families and other stakeholders.
Mission & Values
Our mission at Mason Wright is to provide quality housing and daily living services to support the dignity and independence of seniors without regard for their ability to pay.
Our values guide us in service to our mission…
Respect – Our affirmation to treat people with compassion and dignity.
Excellence – Our aspiration to attain the highest standards of quality in all that we do.
Stewardship – Our commitment to the responsible use of the resources entrusted to our care.