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About Monte Vista Grove Homes

Monte Vista Grove Homes is a residential Christian ministry dedicated to meeting the needs of qualified retirees of the Presbyterian Church (USA). It seeks to support its residents within the context of a caring, Christian community that assists in meeting their spiritual, physical, social and emotional needs and interests. Our Skilled Nursing, Assisted Living and soon-to-be Memory Care Residence are open to the greater community.

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Our History

  • MVGH was established in August of 1924 by the Synod of California of the Presbyterian Church.

  • James Marwick, Dr. Robert Freeman, David Gamble and Dr. Clarence Spaulding raised funds to purchase the Pasadena orange grove which is now home to nearly 200 senior adults.

  • These gentlemen sought to provide much needed retirement housing for ministers and missionaries of the PCUSA.

  • The Gamble family continues the tradition of providing Thanksgiving dinner for MVGH residents which was started in the 1920’s.

  • Special thanks to Bill Hansen (MVGH resident) who helped to preserve our history.

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James Marwick
Founder of MVGH

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1930 Women of MVGH


To read stories from our Early Founders, click on their names below:

Our Vision

Monte Vista Grove Homes is committed to being a leading multi-level retirement community in a faithful expression of Christian love towards its residents. Monte Vista Grove Homes seeks to provide superior facilities and services for older adult living, to reflect the inclusive nature of God’s grace in an ethnically and economically diverse community; to expand facilities and services to meet present, future and changing needs, to exercise wise stewardship of resources and to serve as a welcoming community that fosters abundant life. Residents, trustees and staff contribute their various gifts with a sense of social responsibility to the larger community and to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Monte Vista Grove Homes strives for excellence in all things for the well being of the residents and to the glory of God.

Our Values

  1. We believe in an inclusive environment that encourages teamwork, respect, integrity, dignity, and compassion for residents and co-workers.

  2. We demonstrate good stewardship of our financial and material resources through fiscal responsibility and respect for the environment.

  3. We believe in leadership through partnership with trustees, staff and residents.

  4. We serve residents and the community with a spirit of joy and gratitude.

  5. We look for opportunities to create excellence in long term care and to serve as a valuable resource to the surrounding community.

  6. We honor the individual aging process in a holistic manner that encourages residents to flourish, be independent and energetic in both their professional and personal lives.

  7. We believe that older adults are entitled to quality long-term care, a homelike environment and dignity throughout the aging process.

  8. We support aging in place, lifelong learning and creativity.

Board of Trustees

Hearth & Health Center Auxiliary

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Mission Statement

The mission of the Hearth and Health Center Auxiliary is to enhance the physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being of the residents of the Health Center (Skilled Nursing Facility) and the Hearth (Residential Care Facility). Receipts from the store help fund projects for the needs of the residents in the Health Center and the Hearth that are not included in the MVGH budget. To view/download the Auxiliary brochure please click here:

History of the Auxiliary:

The Auxiliary was organized in January 1975 by women from local churches and MVGH residents. A few guests from local civic groups were also among the 63 people at the founding meeting. Their mission statement was: To provide companionship and support services for the Medical Center (now known as our Health Center) residents. Committees were formed for medical aid, sewing, fundraising, crafts, gift card and resident activities. The Hearth was opened in November 1992 and added to the mission of the Auxiliary. The Auxiliary today includes volunteers from MVGH residents and member of nearby churches. From 1986-2012, the Auxiliary has raised a total of $364,998.18! The main source of revenue is currently from the spring and fall events and sales. The annual average raised is over $20,000.

The Grove Store Location

Clothing/Shoes & Odd n’ Ends Store–Located in C57

Vintage clothing and shoes, pictures puzzles, household items, knick knacks.
Park on San Pasqual and walk in through  Driveway C.

The Grove Store Hours

All Year Long
1st Saturday of the month:
9 am – 12 pm 

3rd Wednesday of the month: 1 pm – 4 pm

What We Have

Quality heirloom items including silver, crystal, china, small appliances, as well as seasonal and specialty items. Hundreds of books including religion, fiction, poetry, biography, history, politics, mysteries, children’s, and beautiful coffee table books. Excellent women’s clothing and shoes neatly displayed and ready to wear. If you would like to donate items to The Grove Store, call Bev Grant at 626.577.2959 to arrange a convenient delivery time or, for smaller donations, there is a drop off bin located on the east side of C57.


The support of the Health Center & Hearth Auxiliary has played a vital role in developing and maintaining a comfortable, homelike, environment in both levels of care. The countless volunteer hours that the Auxiliary and their recruits have donated to make this possible are deeply appreciated. To date the Auxiliary has donated $166,232 for special projects. The Auxiliary contributes approximately $1,200 a month to cover expenses such as:

  • Fish tank maintenance in the Health Center

  • Netflix subscription and periodicals (Hearth & Health Center)

  • Therapeutic massage for Health Center residents who cannot afford this service

Projects Funded by The Auxiliary

  • ADA Bathing System

  • MVGH Quality of Life Endowment

  • Health Center upgrades (flooring, sliding doors, nursing staff break room)

  • Resident Scale & Lift for Health Center

  • New Chairs for the Hearth

  • Wellness Center equipment

  • Bedside phone service for the Health Center & Hearth residents

  • Automatic doors to Marwick Place

  • Flat panel TV’s Health Center resident rooms

  • New tables, chairs and flooring for the Health Center Activity Room

  • Satellite TV System for the Health Center & Hearth

Donations & Volunteering:

Our Auxiliary accepts donations of new or gently used items. Volunteers are crucial to the success of the Auxiliary. Opportunities include sorting, organizing, pricing, displaying & store operations. We are always looking for volunteers. Some of the ways you can help:

  • Make a monetary donation

  • Volunteer your time in daily operations: sorting, pricing, organizing.

  • Volunteer at one of our spring or fall events

  • Donate gifts in-kind

  • Donate new or gently used items to the stores

Those interested in joining or contributing to the Auxiliary please contact Bev Grant, 626.577.2959