Sheltering Arms will soon celebrate 125 years of delivering compassionate care to generations of families throughout central Virginia
Founded on February 13th 1889, Sheltering Arms was originally run entirely by volunteers. Local doctors and nurses gave their time to care for patients while funds and supplies were sought from the public. The organization thrived under its all-woman leadership, and the hospital quickly outgrew its location.
By 1894 the free hospital moved to Clay Street, near what is now VCU. Here they cemented themselves as a fixture of the community. Patients traveled from all over Virginia to receive the best care possible. The Clay Street location served the community for over 70 years until the organization expanded and built a new hospital north of its original location.
Continually searching for ways to better serve the health care needs of the community, in 1981 Sheltering Arms became the first free-standing physical rehabilitation hospital in Virginia. Today, the organization is nationally recognized as a leader in physical rehabilitation.
Come celebrate with us at one of our two upcoming events marking our 125th Anniversary. Also tuned for more events, news, and videos about Sheltering Arms through out the year. We also invite you to check out our Online store with 125 anniversary Merchandise and special edition Peter Blair ties!
Patients come to Sheltering Arms looking for hope and healing, often following very difficult life events that are trying physically, emotionally and financially. Rebekah Peterkin founded Sheltering Arms in 1889 to help people who needed care regardless of their ability to pay. More than a century later, offering financial assistance to those in need remains an important part of our mission.
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Saturday - September 20th, 2014
Special Exhibit and Tour
FREE EVENT! OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Special historical exhibit,
costumed interpretation, and historical tour of the Historical
Sheltering Arms Hospital on Clay Street (1894-1965)
Tours start every 30 minutes
1008 E. Clay Street
At the Valentine museum and on 10th Street
LIMITED Handicap entrance & parking in rear
More information and directions here
Watch our historian Anne Lower give a speech at the Virginia Historical Society
for the launch of our new 125th photo history book.