5400 Laurel Lake Drive, Waco, TX 76710 | 254-772-4644
About Stilwell Retirement

The Texas Retired Teachers Residence Corporation was chartered in 1958 as a private non-profit charitable corporation by nine visionary women from various communities throughout the state. The purpose of the corporation was to construct, provide, and maintain in Texas a residence primarily for retired teachers of Texas and their spouses, as well as to provide the type of residence that would be a memorial to all retired teachers of Texas. After extensive planning, the corporation opened a residence in 1964 named for Henry W. Stilwell, a founding trustee and tireless advocate for Texas' teachers, who passed away before the realization of his dream of "a quality home for quality people in a city of culture and refinement."

Located in Waco, Stilwell continues to be the state's only non-profit, independent living center serving retired educators. Its current residents represent thirty-seven cities and towns across Texas; among those are Midland, Amarillo, San Antonio, Taft, Angleton, Dallas, Barstow, Cameron, Gatesville, Longview, Waco, Monahans, and Houston. Some Stilwell individuals are a youthful sixty-five years of age, while others are energetic though well into their nineties. Now celebrating its 40th anniversary, the Residence has served over 1,000 retired teachers and has remained true to its mission to:

Provide an affordable, quality retirement residence in a supportive, secure and attractive living environment which enables residents to engage in an independent active lifestyle with people of similar professional backgrounds.

In keeping with that mission, Stilwell's prudent fiscal practices and sound financial management have kept living expenses at the Residence well within the reach of retired teachers' income. Monthly costs for rooms or suites typically are around $1,430 for individuals and $2,360 for couples; included are full course dining with three meals daily, housekeeping and maintenance, all utilities with local phone and cable service, special events and minibus service, a 24-hour emergency system, a garden patio, storage units, beauty salon, workshop, chapel, large-print library, and guest room. There is no entrance fee or requirement to sign a long-term contract, and the Residence operates at full capacity, with a waiting list that gives priority to retired Texas teachers.

Stilwell's ninety-plus residents participate in various programs and activities, seeking avenues for continued learning and community involvement. They use Waco's convenient shopping malls, nationally recognized health care facilities, financial centers, churches and community services, and civic organizations. They also enjoy the area's museums, theaters, symphony orchestras, and world-class educational institutions - including renowned Baylor University.

Stilwell has grown and expanded as the requirements and interests of the residents have increased. An Activity Center funded by residents (who gave $40,000 toward the $187,000 total), trustees, families of residents, and active and retired teachers, was added in 1987. In 1995, the renovation of the kitchen ($46,800) was funded from earnings on endowment. This was also the funding source for the complete renovation of the elevators ($73,000) in 1997. (The endowment came from a bequest of $900,000 from a retired teacher in 1987 with the stipulation that only the interest from the fund may be used for the benefit of Stilwell residents, a provision that has been faithfully honored by the Board of Trustees.) In addition, the institution has followed a rigorous maintenance program since its initial construction.

Secure, affordable, well-situated, and respected for its caring and trustworthy environment-Stilwell is an exceptional retirement center carrying on Texas' tradition of excellence and friendly service.