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Whether you are Scottish by birth, Scottish by heritage, or Scottish by inclination, Chicago Scots and Caledonia Senior Living are here to welcome you into a caring community of like-minded people.

At Chicago Scots and Caledonia Senior Living & Memory Care, care is at the core of our mission. We are united by our Scottish values, which inspire us to ensure that everyone in our care is provided the opportunity to age well, and treated with deep care and dignity.

Do you believe that all seniors deserve top-quality care and aging services, regardless of income or personal circumstance?
Your gift will help to ensure that everyone has access to our innovative model of care for those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, or a home in our excellent assisted living or nursing care environment, depending on their interests and needs.

Are you someone who likes to influence innovation?
Your gift will help Caledonia Senior Living & Memory Care continue to cross-train staff in the most up-to-date, person-centered care, building better relationships between caregivers and residents. Additionally, you will help us to reimagine tradition as we begin a campaign to renovate and redecorate the Scottish Home, as well as maintain, update and improve all of our grounds and facilities.

If you share these values, we hope you’ll reach out to us to learn more, or consider a tax-exempt donation today.

Ways to Give

Financial Donations

Gifts made by cash, check, or credit card are the easiest and most immediate way to support the Chicago Scots and Caledonia Senior Living.

Donate Online

We encourage you to call first for gifts over $1,000.

Corporate and Foundation Giving

Many companies have foundations or corporate giving programs to support organizations like the Chicago Scots. Your professional or business relationships are beneficial in facilitating these types of gifts.

Matching Gifts

You can increase your personal contributions if your employer is one of the many organizations who offer a program to match charitable contributions of its employee. Contact your human resource office to see if your company participates. Matching gift revenue makes a big difference.

Planned Giving

Bequests made to Caledonia Senior Living & Memory Care through wills, annuities, or living trusts play an important role in continuing our high quality of care. To receive more information on planned giving, please contact Dawn at

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Mary Slessor was born in Aberdeen and raised through a difficult childhood in Dundee. Her father, who struggled with alcoholism, died when Mary was young, forcing her into the role of her family’s provider. Although she went to work from 6am-6pm every day in Dundee’s jute mills, her mother insisted that Mary continue to work hard to advance her education and deepen her religious faith. At 28, Mary left Scotland aboard a ship bound for Nigeria to begin her life as a missionary. There, Mary encountered people who were reeling from the slave trade, infanticide, injustice, an horrific imbalance of women’s and children’s rights and disease. 

Mary’s fierce commitment to righting the wrongs she saw, won the trust and respect of local communities, among whom, unlike most missionaries, Mary lived. Mary developed deep knowledge of local culture and fluency of language. 

Mary adopted many local children who were rejected by their parents. In particular, Mary took in sets of twins, who superstition considered to be cursed. Mary helped save the lives of hundreds of twin children. And, through her grass roots work, she helped communities see how to become better for all. 

Mary measured her missionary work not by how many people she converted to Christianity (actually very few) but by how many lives she improved (thousands).

After she died in 1915, Mary Slessor was was given a state funeral in Nigeria. Today she is known by the name Nigeria gave her, "Mother of All The Peoples.”

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