For many years I have quietly
studied the situation which seems to confront Christian Science practitioners
and Christian Science nurses who reach the age of sixty-five
years without sufficient income to pay rental on a furnished
bungalow residence in an environment of comfort and quiet
dignity. ... Indeed, most sincere and successful practitioners
and nurses have contributed incomparably more to the welfare
of their fellows than ever could be returned to them in
any form of human assistance.
The demonstration of Christian Science in anyone’s
experience makes for independence and a very right desire
to retain throughout the humanhood experience individual
dignity and freedom.
It is my purpose to have the guests in such bungalow
cottage homes carefully selected and deserving and be those
who have completely or partially retired from public practice
of Christian Science or general Christian Science nursing.
They should be selected as individuals who have demonstrated
a peacefully harmonious temperament and ability to live in
harmony with others.
There is to be no central dining room for the general
use of guests occupying such bungalow cottages because I
expect each guest to live individually and independently....
Generally speaking, it would be my expectation that
of the guests residing on the Foundation premises, there
will be mutual helpfulness avoiding any substantial service
requirements from the superintendent or nurse.”
Clear preference must be given by the
Trustees to those ... who:
- While “full of years” desire not to be “full
- Desire not to accept a material sense of “advanced years,” but
the challenge of continuously progressing in what our
Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, twice called her “advancing years;” and
- Eagerly desire to continue some practice
by contact with the field from which they come, and a happy
vital interest in the current scene in what Mrs. Eddy describes
as our journey from “sense to soul,” with that great
sense of adventure which may be ours in graciously youthful
Trustees of the Winifred Stuart
Mankowski Trust - January 1, 1955
In accordance with the Will, the tenant-guest must
live and keep house independently, and, except for mutual
and voluntary helpfulness, as good neighbors should always
render to one another, they are and must be able to sustain
themselves and keep house independently. [Mrs. Mankowski]
left for others the establishment of a Home in the sense
of care, nursing, meals, and so forth. Many people succeed
in demonstrating advancing years to the time of their passing
without becoming infirm and in need of services and care.
It is the provision of an atmosphere for making this demonstration
which Mrs. Mankowski desired.
There will be no housekeeping service, central dining
room or cafeteria. There may be periodical cleaning as
is done in many furnished apartment projects. There will be
no institutional personal service. Such as there will be
must be mutual self-help on a proper neighborly basis among
those who live in the Homes.
There will be two rooms in the central building available
to the tenants as the lobby and sometimes amusement rooms
of a large apartment is available, but the tenant-guests
will organize and develop their own activities in these
It is important to understand the purpose of Mrs.
Mankowski in supplying lovely residential quarters to realize
that her purpose was solely to provide a place in which
people can demonstrate the highest result in gerontology — continuance
in “advancing years.” It was not to build or
operate a Home or nursing or other care institution. That
must be a wholly separate undertaking and will not be a
part of the operation of Mankowski Homes.”
Lindstrom, Trustee (who drew up her will
helped develop the WSMH plan) -
August 9, 1955