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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 County, Maryland.

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 residents.

“We Touch People’s Lives”®

Brooke Grove Foundation carries out its mission to seniors:

  • By providing excellence in service, showing respect and radiating kindness.
  • By offering a practical, sensitive response to people's need for physical, emotional and spiritual support.
  • By continuing the compassionate, healing ministry of Jesus Christ.
  • By sharing comfort and joyfully embracing the human family.