Our History

Sarah Reed has been trusted with the care of Erie’s Seniors for over a century!
We have lovingly cared for generations of families.

Sarah Reed Senior Living is an outgrowth of Erie’s first social service agency, which was founded in 1871 by a group of 30 Erie women. Known at the time as “The Home for the Friendless,” its purpose was to provide care and shelter to the unfortunate of all ages.

By 1890, separate buildings housed both children and adults. As more area agencies developed, the Home’s services were adjusted to meet the changing needs and demands within the community. In 1961, the Children’s Center moved to a new location where treatment could be provided for children with emotional, social, learning and behavioral problems. In 1986, the two centers were incorporated as separate, private nonprofit organizations.

The name Sarah A. Reed Home was adopted in 1936 to honor Sarah Reed, a founder who served on the volunteer Board of Directors for 45 years.

Over time and several expansions, Sarah Reed Senior Living now comprises three connecting buildings: Reed Manor, Reed Terrace and Reed House. Reed Manor and Reed Terrace contain residential apartments in which Personal Care services are available.  Reed Terrace houses the Memory Support Unit, known as Zurn Pavilion, which contains private rooms, its own lounge, dining area and outdoor patio. RH includes Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation rooms, featuring private rooms, updated décor and 24-hours licensed nursing professionals.


Our Mission

Sarah Reed Senior Living will provide quality healthcare, housing and associated services to residents in a caring and trusted environment.

Our Vision

To continuously remain viable and competitive within the senior living marketplace by maintaining a high level of integrity and loyalty in the provision of our services.

A Legacy of Caring

In this video, Jane Joslin describes her experience of living at Sarah Reed’s Children’s Home with her brothers during the Great Depression. Over 70 years later, Jane, her brother Bill, and his wife Betty all chose Sarah Reed for their Senior Living & Care needs.

In July of 2015, Jane was honored to participate in the Ceremonial Groundbreaking for the Skilled Nursing Expansion. Jane passed away in September of 2015, but her memories of loving care and Sarah Reed’s Legacy live on.


Browse through the gallery to view our expansion over time