• St. Mary Connect

    Connecting residents to critical services

    Residents of St. Mary Development apartment communities can contact a Service Coordinator at www.StMaryConnect.org.

    St. Mary Connect links residents in St. Mary Development Corporation’s affordable apartment communities to services such as healthcare, insurance, meal programs and transportation. St. Mary Connect does not provide direct services but rather evaluates resident needs and
    helps residents connect to more than 100 partner organizations with issue-specific expertise.


    When residents gain access to basic services, it allows them to continue living independently. On their own, residents have extreme difficulty accessing many programs and often give up in frustration before receiving needed care. This is bad for both the resident, whose health deteriorates, as well as the community at large, whose tax dollars end up paying the cost of more expensive safety-net programs or nursing home care when a resident experiences a crisis.


    Residents living in our communities have access to Service Coordinators—professional staff who help residents connect to services for which they are eligible, such as health insurance, food programs, utility assistance and more. When a senior has access to these supportive services it can stretch limited budgets even further.


    For example, if a resident has an annual income of $12,000 and is connected to a free meal program worth $1,200/year, the resident can use the savings for healthcare and other basic needs.


    Residents are not charged for St. Mary Connect. We rely on individual donations and grants to fund this valuable program.


    St. Mary apartments are designed with everything in reach. Light switches and range controls are placed for those who may have trouble reaching traditional fixtures.

  • The power of service coordination

    For seniors, mobility is important for maintaining independence. St. Mary Connect Service Coordinators link residents to accessibility services, including transportation and electric scooters, among others. Some services are made available right at our properties, helping to limit a resident’s need to travel. These services include meal programs, home healthcare programs and doctor visits. Apartment communities without full-time Service Coordinators have access to our staff by telephone and periodic in-person visits.

    St. Mary residents feel safer and have a better quality of life. In an effort to maintain a high-quality living environment at an affordable rate, we routinely conduct surveys of resident needs. Safety and security is almost always at the top. Safety encompasses everything from the physical security of buildings to the emotional security provided when a resident knows a Service Coordinator is available to talk when a crisis arises. Since St. Mary implemented its Service Coordination program, residents’ self-reported quality of life has significantly increased from 70% saying their quality of life was Excellent/ Good to 78% rating their life as Excellent/Good.


    St. Mary’s apartment communities make it easier for residents to connect to healthcare services. New properties include a health clinic space where visiting healthcare professionals can meet with residents. Larger meeting spaces allow for healthcare and other presentations by partner organizations. Residents can get help from a St. Mary Connect Service Coordinator either onsite or by phone, making it easy for residents to obtain the assistance they need. This is especially important for those residents returning home from a skilled nursing facility or hospital.

  • “St. Mary Connect staff work closely with me to help residents receive podiatry services where they live. Transportation is always a difficulty for residents. They love that I can see them in their apartment community.”
    — Dr. Julia Ruffin, DPM

  • A few of the organizations to which St. Mary Service Coordinators have linked residents:

    Area Agency on Aging
    Access Center for Independent Living
    Adult Protective Services
    Alzheimer’s Association
    Anthem Senior Advantage
    Artemis Center
    Benefits Bank
    Bright Eye Optical
    Bright Now Dental
    Buckeye Community Health Plan
    Catholic Social Services
    Charles Drew Health Center
    Choice Food Pantries
    Choice Home Health
    City of Dayton Water Department
    CityHeart Outreach Ministry
    Community Action Partnership
    Comm. Health Center of Greater Dayton
    Dayton Dental Society

    Dayton Fire Department

    Dayton Food Bank
    Dayton Mediation Center

    Dayton Metro Library

    Dayton Ohio BMV
    Dayton Police Department

    Dayton Physician’s Urology

    Dayton VA Medical Center
    Department of Veteran Affairs

    Dayton Power & Light
    Doddies Transport & Motorcoach

    East End Community Services

    Eastway Corporation
    Emmanuel Catholic Church

    Final Expense Plus
    Five Rivers Dental

    Five Rivers Health Center
    Friendly Home Care
    Gateway Health Plan

    Gem City Home Care
    Good Neighbor House
    Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley
    Greater Dayton RTA
    Guardian Angels Home Health Care
    Haven Behavioral Hospital of Dayton
    Heritage Home Care Services
    Hocks Medical Supply
    Home Care by Black Stone
    Home Products Incontinence Supplies
    Hospice of Dayton
    Hospice of the Miami Valley
    House of Bread
    Jewish Community Center
    Legal Aid of Western Ohio
    Life Enrichment Center
    Life Essentials
    Life Wireless
    Miami Valley Fair Housing Center
    Miami Valley Pain Center
    Molina Insurance
    Montgomery County Board of Elections
    Montgomery Co. Job & Family Services
    Montgomery County MRDDMontgomery County Public Health Montgomery County Veterans Services

    Non-Emergency Transport (NET)

    Nurses Care Inc.

    Office of Medicaid
    Office of Medicare
    Ohio Eye Institute
    Ohio Food Stamp Assistance
    Ohio Home Health Care
    Ohio Medicaid Consumer Hotline

    Passport Services
    Pathways of Hope
    Premier Health
    Project Mobility
    Project READ
    Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Comm. Center
    Reach Out Clinic
    Retire Med IQ
    Safelink Wireless
    Senior Resource Connection

    Sinclair Community College

    Social Security Office
    St. Vincent De Paul Dayton
    The Assurance Group
    Trusted Health Care
    Urban Minority Alcoholism & Drug
    Abuse Outreach Program

    United Healthcare Dual Advantage United Rehabilitation Services

    United Way of Dayton
    ViaQuest Mental Health
    Visiting Physicians Association Wellness 1 Pharmacy
    Westminster Presbyterian Church

    Wright State University

    Boonshoft School of Medicine

    Ziks Pharmacy

  • We’re always interested to talk with potential partners who could serve our residents. If you have an idea for a service or partnership, let’s talk!