Pilgrim Place is a vibrant residential senior community in Claremont, California. Founded in 1915, Pilgrim Place originally served as “home” for Christian missionaries on furlough and, later, other Christian workers. The mission of Pilgrim Place has expanded to provide quality housing and services for persons who have served in careers in religious or charitable non-profit organizations.
Pilgrim Place welcomes applications for residency from people who wish to reside in a culturally diverse, theologically/intellectually stimulating, ecologically sensitive, personally enriching, and communally active environment, and who fulfill the eligibility requirements as described below.
Persons may apply after completing 10 years in full-time (or the equivalent) employment in religious or charitable non-profit organizations. Examples include commissioned or ordained missionaries, ministers, theological seminary faculty, college professors of religion, denominational executives, YMCA/YWCA staff, community organizers, and peace and justice workers.
Applicants submit a personal statement describing the purpose/mission of each of the religious or charitable non-profit organizations in which they have been employed, and how their role within these organizations helped to fulfill the organizations’ purposes. Continuing the historic precedent established by Pilgrim Place and actualized in the lives of its residents, applicants whose work provided visionary leadership in aiding and assisting others, improving social conditions, increasing spiritual and religious engagement, and benefiting the community and world will be given preference. Before moving to Pilgrim Place, the applicant must have completed at least 15 years of full-time employment.
Spouses/partners of applicants who meet this qualification are also eligible to apply for admission. A spouse/partner, even if now widowed or divorced, who shared a 15-year marriage/commitment during the service years of a qualified person, is also eligible to apply.
Primary Applicants are required to move to Pilgrim Place between their 62nd and 78th birthdays.
Pilgrim Place is open to all such qualified persons regardless of gender, religion, race, ethnicity, national origin, disability, marital status, or sexual orientation.
Please see the Instructions and Policies for further information about the application process and policies regarding eligibility for residency.
Staff members are ready to answer your questions and assist you in discerning whether Pilgrim Place is the best place for the next step in your personal journey. To receive more information about Pilgrim Place or arrange a campus tour, please contact the Admissions Office at 909-399-5503.
View the Pilgrim Place video!
Learn more about the beautiful Pilgrim Place campus and fascinating residents in this video!
Thank you for your interest in Pilgrim Place!