Mary Elizabeth Ryder

Mary Elizabeth Ryder

A history of caring for St. Louis's Older Adult Women

It was June 1930 when Mary Elizabeth Ryder stepped off a train at St. Louis's Union Station and noticed a number of women who were abandoned, homeless, and without support due to the Great Depression. A group of concerned citizens turned to Mary for guidance on addressing the issue, knowing that this self-made woman would "get things done."

Mary Ryder Home (MRH) began by providing shelter to indigent women and helping them find employment so they could regain their independence, giving them a safe haven and care without regard to their ability to pay. For many of the women, the opportunity to stay at MRH was the first time in their lives they felt safe and well cared for.

MRH has evolved in many ways during it's over 90 years of operation, and is now known as an excellent housing option for low-income, older adult women. We joined with Provident Behavioral Health in 2019 to increase our ability to meet the unique needs of each resident.

We are proud to carry on Mary's legacy and build upon the tradition of comfort, care, and compassion.