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Our History

The Schofield Story

Dr. Jennie M. Schofield was a graduate of Fredonia State Normal School and of the Kirksville, Missouri College of Osteopathy in 1906. Dr. Schofield moved to Buffalo with her husband William in 1894. She began her service to the community by loaning wheelchairs to those who could not afford them. Under her leadership, together with a dedicated group of volunteers, the Wheel Chair Home was organized in 1910. Since our founding, our organization has continued to adapt and grow to meet the needs of our community.

Over a Century of Caring

September 1911 – The first building was opened at 93 Seventeenth Street in Buffalo as the Wheel Chair Home. Dr. Schofield served as the first president.

1912 – The Wheel Chair home moved to 344 Hudson Street in Buffalo.

1916 – The Wheel Chair Home moved to the Village of Kenmore when the Wheel Chair Home purchased the Eberhardt Mansion located at the corner of Delaware and Kenmore Avenues. The organization made additions to the mansion in 1923 and 1937; the building eventually housed 84 patients and residents. During this time, all of the patients were women.

May 17, 1979 – We broke ground on our current facility at 3333 Elmwood Avenue, Town of Tonawanda.

August 25, 1980 – Residents began moving into the new building.

October 25, 1980 – Official dedication ceremonies were held and the new operating name of “Schofield Residence” was introduced to honor Dr. Jennie Schofield.

June 1985 – The Schofield Residence’s Long Term Home Health Care Program began operating.

April 1987 – The Schofield Residence’s Adult Day Health Care Program opened.

June 1996 – Schofield Home Health Care Services, Inc., accepted its first patient.

May 1999 – Schofield Home Health Care Services, Inc. received approval to provide licensed home care services in Niagara County.

October 2007 – Schofield Adult Day Health Care Program expanded and relocated to the third floor of Sheehan Health Network near downtown Buffalo.

December 2012 – Schofield Adult Day Health Care Program relocated to 190 Fulton Street in Buffalo’s Old First Ward.

June 2013 – Schofield received approval from the New York State Dept. of Health to convert our Long Term Home Health Care Program to a Certified Home Health Agency (CHHA.)

September 2014 – Schofield partners with Hospice Buffalo to open Serenity at Schofield, a 10-bed unit for hospice-eligible residents in need of 24-hour nursing care.

January 2016 – New Mondello Wellness & Family Center dedicated in memory of Laura Mondello, Schofield’s former Community Relations/Volunteer Services director

March 2016 – Newly renovated Schofield Rehabilitation Center and Resident Rooms open

November 2018 – Schofield begins “As You Wish Dining” with funding provided by the Statler Foundation