Nearly 117 years ago, a local nonprofit organization formed in Delaware County to provide housing options for older adults.

Nearly 117 years ago, a local nonprofit organization formed in Delaware County to provide housing options for older adults.

Through the years since, the Sarah Moore Home has continued to provide older people a place to live in peace, dignity and safety.

At 1 p.m. Friday, May 1, the dedication of the next phase of the home -- The Suites of Sarah Moore -- will allow the public to get its first glimpse of the expansion that increased its size from 34,890 to 61,400 square feet and raised the number of assisted living units from 16 to 52.

The Sarah Moore organization was formed in Delaware in spring 1892 by a group of local women who sought to provide housing for older adults. In 1923, the Sarah Moore Home was built at the corner of East William and North Union streets. A health-care facility was added in 1999.

The building fronts William Street and now extends up Union Street to East Winter Street.

With a waiting list that sometimes contained 75 names, expansion was needed to meet the demand, administrator Ron White said. "We are a community-based facility and over the past couple of years we were turning away hundreds of people every year, ... We needed that space to meet the needs of the community."

The addition will also "stabilize our organization financially," he said.

The original building will continue to house those on Medicare and Medicaid, said Adam Ralph, director of social services and admissions, while the new building will be self-pay.

"That will make us less dependent on third-party payments," which are subject to cuts by Congress and the Ohio Legislature, White said.

The three-story expansion contains one-and two bedroom apartments, studio apartments and semi-private rooms with costs ranging from $75 per person per day to $125 per day. The second person in an apartment pays slightly less. Amenities depend on the amount of care a person needs from one meal a day to all meals, plus laundry, housekeeping, parking and utilities.

Those needing medical care will pay an additional $10 to $30 a day depending on the level of care.

"This expansion definitely fulfills a need here in Delaware County," Ralph said.

White said he expects the new units to be half full during the first month of operation.