About the Foundation

Our Early Years 1860-1969

The Grimes-King Foundation for the Elderly, Inc (successor to the Home for Aged Colored Women established in 1860) functions as the guardian and distributor of funds to address today’s demands and challenges faced by elderly African American women in the Boston area. Originally funds were collected to establish a home to benefit elderly poor women of color, who for the most part, had worked in the houses of some of the wealthier families of Boston but who had no secure home in which to ‘Age-in-Place’. The Home for Aged Colored Women opened in 1860 and was incorporated in 1864. The Home for Aged Colored Women served its inhabitants well; by 1944 the goals evolved from direct Outside Aid toward systemic support of the mission and advocacy, and the organization was renamed in 1969 as the Grimes-King Foundation for the Elderly, Inc.

Our Mission

The Grimes-King Foundation for the Elderly, Inc. addresses the quality of life of low-income, elderly women of African-American descent in the Boston area. The Foundation’s primary commitment is to support program efforts concerned with meeting the housing, health care, transportation, social service or mental health needs of the Foundation’s beneficiaries, as well as, promote greater understanding of relevant social and economic policy issues in order to encourage development of needed resources.

Our Vision

The Grimes-King Foundation will work as a change agent, advocating for low-income elderly women of African descent and also act as a catalyst to develop needed resources to meet their needs. It will leverage its resources through partnerships and focus funding.


Our Core Values

a) Leadership and Stewardship ~ Strong leadership and organizational effectiveness lead to a stewardship of passion and commitment, both recognize and honor the organization’s historical legacy.

b) Community Driven/Determination ~ Our programs, practices and grant-making are driven by the needs of the individuals and communities we serve; therefore, our funding supports organizations addressing the needs of elderly women of African descent.

c) Education Through Advocacy ~ It is important to serve as a voice representing elderly women of African descent, promoting greater understanding and impacting the social and economic policies that will generate needed resources and direct them toward that community.

d) Enabling Self-Reliance ~ Support, caring and compassion enabling elderly women of African descent to be self-reliant, realizing the Divine blessings of longer, healthier, more satisfying and joy-filled lives.

Our Legacy

Annually, the Grimes-King Foundation for the Elderly, Inc. releases in excess of $100,000 in grants to serve our target population.  Lasting alliances and sustainable impact to the community have been established through the dedication of the Board of Directors acting on behalf of the Corporation.

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These are the two men for whom the Foundation is named.
* Photograph provided the University of Virginia Library
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