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The Santa Clara Methodist Retirement Foundation, Inc. was founded by a social action group of the Santa Clara United Methodist Church in 1965 in order to provide affordable housing and services for low income seniors. Although not affiliated with the Methodist Church, the Foundation’s name signifies its historical beginning.

The Foundation celebrated its 50th anniversary of incorporation in 2015. Liberty Tower, an eleven-story high-rise, was constructed on the former Methodist Church site in Santa Clara and was opened to residents in 1973. Five miles to the south in Campbell, a second twelve-story high-rise facility, Wesley Manor, was opened in 1979 to provide additional housing for seniors and for the physically disabled. At that time, the Board of Directors was increased to include representatives from the First United Methodist Church of Campbell, as well as from the community at large.

For more than 43 years, the Foundation has provided safe, decent, affordable housing for over 1,250 senior and disabled persons in the community.