Emilie’s Fund Ensures Ongoing Care
Smith Senior Living plays a vital role in the well-being of senior adults in southwest metropolitan Chicago. Our primary purpose is to enrich the lives of those we serve by creating an environment in which all individuals can live their best lives. As a not-for-profit organization, we believe it’s our mission to care for residents of Smith Crossing and Smith Village who outlive their resources. We spend approximately $2 million each year to assist these residents, and the majority of the funding comes from our endowment coupled with donations and fundraisers.

The Origins of Emilie’s Fund
Smith Senior Living is a not-for-profit organization with over 90 years of serving senior adults. Since 1924, the organization has been the recipient of many generous donations, most notably from the estate of Emilie Smith, whose gift of $1.74 million in 1929 served as the cornerstone for Emilie’s Fund, a primary source of financial assistance for residents at Smith Village and Smith Crossing.

Just as there are many reasons to give, there are many ways to give, including Endowment Gifts, Planned Giving and Memorial and Tribute Gifts. For more information, please contact Coleen Barkmeier at (773) 474-7351 or

Washington and Jane Smith Home, which includes Smith Senior Living, Washington and Jane Smith Community-Beverly, DBA Smith Village, and Washington and Jane Smith Community-Orland Park, DBA Smith Crossing, is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that exists to serve the residential and healthcare needs of senior adults. All contributions are tax-deductible as allowed by law.