A Tradition of Touching People’s Lives
Welcome to Brooke Grove Foundation, a pioneer and a respected leader in care
for those who have the gift of age. For more than 60 years, Brooke Grove has
touched people’s lives by providing unequaled quality of life in retirement.
The Brooke Grove commitment to well-being and outstanding service began with
one woman’s vision. A registered nurse, Eleanor Howe Marston dreamed of creating
a nursing home where the residents would be cared for as she had cared for
her own family. In April, 1950, her dream became reality when she opened her
Sandy Spring, Maryland, farmhouse to her first two residents. At the same time,
she worked to establish Brooke Grove Foundation, a nonprofit organization that
has become a leader in the senior housing industry.
From Eleanor Howe Marston’s simple dream in 1950, Brooke Grove Foundation’s
Sandy Spring campus grew to become Brooke Grove Retirement Village, a continuing
care retirement community. The 220-acre wooded campus offers independent living,
assisted living, skilled nursing, respite care, rehabilitative, and memory support and Alzheimer’s care, allowing an easy transition between all levels. In fact,
the campus is home to the first licensed group home for seniors in Montgomery
Brooke Grove Foundation also encompasses Williamsport Retirement Village in
Williamsport, Maryland, which offers assisted living, skilled nursing and rehabilitative care. Rest Assured Residential Living in Meyersdale, Pennsylvania, is a personal care home.
The special people who work for Brooke Grove Foundation share the same dedication,
respect and kindness to residents that Eleanor Howe Marston demonstrated when
she founded Brooke Grove. Her example inspired her son, as well as her grandson,
to follow her path. Son Carl Howe became the first licensed nursing home administrator
in Maryland, a position that allowed him to help set the standards for care
that regulate the industry. He served as Brooke Grove Foundation’s board chair
from 1953 until his retirement in 2006. His son, Ted Howe, M.D., is a certified
medical director trained in geriatrics who supervises the care of Brooke Grove’s
“We Touch People’s Lives”®
Brooke Grove Foundation carries out its mission to seniors:
- By providing excellence in service, showing respect and radiating kindness.
offering a practical, sensitive response to people's need for physical, emotional
and spiritual support.
- By continuing the compassionate, healing ministry of
- By sharing comfort and joyfully embracing the human family.