History

1992

The Caleb Foundation was Founded

Warren and Joan Sawyer and their daughter Debbie Sawyer Nutter founded the nonprofit organization The Caleb Foundation to create and provide affordable housing for people with low household incomes.

1994

The Ledges, Pineledge, and Pinebrook Acquired

1995

Valley View in Bangor Acquired; Village Heights Acquired, Community Center Built

Valley View was opened in Bangor, Maine in 1995. Caleb has grown steadily since then providing homes for families, older adults, and individuals with disabilities.

1998

Chestnut Square, MA Acquired

The historic property, Chestnut Square, is acquired and preserved in Lowell, MA.

1999

Mohawk Forest, MA

1999

The Caleb Group Formed

Warren, Joan, and Debbie found the partner nonprofit The Caleb Group. Property management and resident services are under The Caleb Group and real estate activities are under The Caleb Foundation. The Caleb Group becomes the face of Caleb.

2001

The Sirk Building Acquired

The Sirk Building, another property rich in history, is acquired and preserved in Lowell, MA.

2002

Abbot House, MA; EMPath Project

The Caleb Group partners with EMPath, formerly Crittendon Women’s Union, to create Abbot House in Boston.

2003

River Valley Village in Lewiston, ME Acquired

2006

The Village at Killingly in CT Acquired

2008

Olde Woolen Mill in North Berwick, ME Acquired

Caleb acquires a crumbling historic mill in North Berwick, ME, and through extensive restoration creates lovely housing for older adults and people living with a disability.

2009

River Valley Village; Retrofit Solar Hot Water Assist & North Berwick; New Solar Hot Water Assist

2010

LePage Apartments Acquired and Completed; Gloucester, MA

2011

LePage Apartments; New Solar How Water Assist

2011

Paige Apartments Created

Paige Apartments, housing for young people aging out of foster care, is created in Lowell, MA with the Department of Children and Families.

2012

Xavier House, Rush Square, and Highland House Acquired

Caleb adds three properties in New Hampshire to the portfolio, Highland House in Whitefield, Rush Square in Henniker, and Xavier House in Nashua.

2013

Newport Village in New Hampshire Acquired

2014

Bradford Commons in Bangor, ME Acquired

2014

FSS-like Pilot Program

The Caleb Group pilots a program similar to HUD’s Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) program at two properties in partnership with Compass Working Capital.

2015

Frost Homestead; Waterbury, CT and Timber Ridge; Sanford, ME

Frost Homestead in Waterbury, CT becomes a Caleb community. Timber Ridge in Sanford, ME is acquired.

2015

HUD FSS program begins at Village Heights with Compass Working Capital

The Caleb Group becomes the first private affordable housing provider in the country to offer HUD’s FSS program. It is offered at Village Heights in Willimantic, CT in partnership with Compass Working Capital.

2016

Breary Farm and Meadow Creek Acquired

Breary Farm and Meadow Creek in Sanford, Maine are acquired and create a trio of Caleb communities in the town.

2017

Riverbend Apartments Acquired

2018

Second FSS Program Launched at The Ledges

Caleb launches a second FSS program at The Ledges in Saco, Maine in partnership with New Ventures Maine.

2018

Emanuel Village joins Caleb

Emanuel Village in Worcester, Massachusetts becomes a Caleb property.

2018

Waterworks in Bangor Acquired

Waterworks is a historic building on the banks of the Penobscot River in Bangor, Maine. (Photo by Aaron D. Priest)

2019

First FSS Graduation

Caleb celebrates the graduation of the first residents to enroll in the FSS program.

2020

Pond View Apartments Acquired

Pond View Apartments in Gloucester, MA is acquired joining LePage as part of Pond View Village.

2020

Penacook Landing; Phase 1 Construction Begins; New Solar Electricity

The first phase of construction begins in Concord, New Hampshire, creating new affordable units.

2021

Penacook Landing; Phase 1 Completed

2021

Xavier House; Retrofit Solar Electricity

2023

Penacook Landing; Phase 2 Construction Begins