CHICAGO (SCS) — The Chicago Fire. Civil war. The COVID-19 pandemic.
Illinois’ oldest charity survived it all.
Morning Insider Lauren Victory takes us through the latest battle for Chicago Scots: raising money for much-needed renovations.
The ‘Scottish Home’ is nestled between the trees of North Riverside and although the building is thousands of miles from the homeland, honoring Scottish culture is an everyday affair.
For example, the retirement home (which bears the official name Caledonia Senior Living and Memory Care) offered live Scottish music by a Scottish fiddler during lunch on Tuesday.
“Of course we welcome anyone who is Scottish by birth, heritage or simply by inclination,” said Gus Noble, chairman of the Chicago Scotsmanthe non-profit association that runs the Scottish Home retirement home. Chicago Scotsman was founded in 1845 and bills itself as Illinois’ oldest charitable organization.
“Thanks to the Great Chicago Fire, this organization has returned to the City of Glasgow and the equivalent of £1 million has been donated by the people of Glasgow to help Chicago rebuild,” Noble said.
Now Chicago can return the favor.
“Everything you can see with your eyes needs to be replaced,” Noble said, giving CBS 2 a tour of the Scottish home’s outdated carpets, paint, artwork and more. “Just as this building has taken care of many generations, now it is our turn to take care of this building.”
Renovations are done piecemeal because money is tight. This is where the Classic Kilted Golf Tournament Between.
“It’s a great event to celebrate both the intersections of this place and golf and Scotland,” said Curtis Linder, a Scottish volunteer from Chicago who works on fundraising in honor of his mother who lived at the Scottish Home for nearly five years. . “My favorite part of her care here was the activities.”
Eventually, activity areas and dining rooms are part of the improvements. Some hallways and bathrooms have already received a boost.
“Trading back to the Scottish Enlightenment, we have been unafraid to ask ourselves whether what we inherited yesterday holds good for tomorrow,” Noble said of his nearly two-century-old organization that has on a mission to create a modern oasis.
The Chicago Scots have already spent more than $2 million on updates that include a new roof, fire system and Wi-Fi. They said they needed several million more to complete the work they had started.
The Kilted Classic golf tournament is scheduled for September 29.