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Ruth Sabin Continues Her 130-Year Legacy and Attracts Matching Funds

The Unity Foundation is pleased to announce that Ruth Sabin Home Board of Trustees has made a gift of $100,000 to start the Ruth Sabin Community Fund. This new fund will provide flexible grants to benefit La Porte and the county, this gift will attract a $2 for $1 match from the Indianapolis-based, Lilly Endowment Inc.

Ruth C. Sabin lived from 1802 to 1894 and had the vision to build the Ruth Sabin Home in La Porte. This home, located on Michigan Avenue, was built in 1889 to provide safe, affordable living facilities for hundreds of women and later men for 128 years.

The Board of Trustees of the Ruth Sabin Home wished to continue Mrs. Sabin’s legacy in the most impactful way and starting the Ruth Sabin Community Fund seemed like the perfect fit. Tim Larson, president of the Ruth Sabin Home board of trustees said: “Our board wants the community to remember Ruth’s contributions to the La Porte County community, her genuine concern for senior citizens. The Unity Foundation was built to do this and we are grateful.”

Maggi Spartz, Unity president said; “We are honored to carry on Ruth Sabin’s rich legacy of caring. Ruth was ahead of her time and we hope this story will inspire future generations to be more like Ruth with her vision, risk taking, and innovation.”

To learn more about Ruth C. Sabin and her legacy or to make a contribution to the fund, visit

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