The Widow's Home Project
The Widow's Home Society was founded in 1871 to care for widows from the Civil War.
The Widows Home building is on the site of Augusta's first city hospital for the "sick poor" which was founded in 1818. It is also the site of the Georgia's first school of medicine - the Medical Academy of Georgia.
The present structure was completed 1887. It had 42 rooms which were used to care for "needy women" from 1887 until 2003 when it was closed. The Widows Home was purchased by Augusta developer Clay Boardman who was interested in preserving this historic building. The Widows Home Foundation still exists and actively suppports the cause of women in need.
In July 2008 Mr. Boardman agreed to give the building to Christ Community Health Services provided it was renovated and used as a health center for the underserved of Augusta.
Because of the site's historic connection with medical care for the "sick poor", education of health professionals, and care for those in need, we feel honored to carry on the legacy of those who walked these grounds before us.
Renovations on the first floor are complete and The Ann Boardman Widows Home opened for patients in August 2011. We are working to complete the second and third floors to expand our services. If you would like to help us reach that goal you can make a donation by clicking the "Give Direct" button below.