American Gold Star Mothers, Inc.

Our Founders

The American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. is a non-profit organization focused on providing support to mothers whose sons or daughters made the ultimate sacrifice as a result of war. This organization unites mothers across the nation in support and service.

In the 10th Annual National Convention of the American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. a plan was unveiled to build a national memorial home for pensioned members of American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. This was the birth of the American Gold Star Manor.

To find out more about this inspiring organization, their mission, and their achievements, please visit their website:

GoldStarMoms.com

1941 - Early Beginnings

Built as a “temporary war housing” project by the Federal Government, the Truman Boyd Manor was constructed to house defense workers and armed forces personnel.

In 1953, the 93 acres of Truman Boyd Manor were purchased by America Gold Star Mothers, Inc in order to create a national memorial home for dependent and pensioned members. Over time the hastily built war structures were replaced with more suitable structures. Members of American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. joined the community as vacancies arose and residents who had occupied the property since the war remained. In  time, Truman Boyd Manor became a thriving, vibrant, and diverse community.

1972 - Expanding

A massive reconstruction effort demolished all but one of the remaining military housing apartment buildings and replaced it with 10 new apartment buildings with a total of 348 units. These buildings remain on the property today.

As time passed, American Gold Star Manor expanded its mission to include veterans and other military service related groups. American Gold Star Manor also became a senior living community for residents ages 62 and over.

In the 1990s, American Gold Star Manor opened its doors to low-income seniors living in the community to ensure that the benefit of affordable housing was extended to as many people as possible.

2015 - Renovation

Beginning in 2016 and concluding in 2019, American Gold Star Manor undertook a $56 Million renovation project to modernize the property and all of the units.

The 348 units of American Gold Star Manor received a full remodel inside and out to bring them up to date. Improvements included the installation of  a solar powered hot water system, solar electricity, LED lights, all new energy efficient appliances, and modern fire safety systems.

Around the property, the landscaping was upgraded to water efficient plants that beautify the property.

Today

The American Gold Star Manor is a clean, quiet, safe, and affordable senior retirement community in Long Beach, California. It provides independent living for Gold Star Mothers, fathers, veterans, and other eligible seniors. These fortunate residents live in a gated, 25 acre, park-like setting with sumptuous trees, lawns, flowers, and gardens. The campus features a community recreation hall, social programs, life enrichment programs, recreation facilities, pool and spa, picnic areas, game room, computer room, meditation chapel, and 10 low-rise buildings with well-maintained studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom apartments.

We are honored to provide support, friendship, and enjoyable living accommodations for those who have served and sacrificed for our country.

Board & OFFicers

Nancy Kindelan

CHAIR

Human Resources Committee, Audit Committee, Investment Committee

Nick Sramek

VICE CHAIR

Audit Committee, Development Committee, Investment Committee

Vacant

TREASURER

Greg Pierson

SECRETARY

Human Resources Committee, Audit Committee, Investment Committee 

Steve Keesal

TRUSTEE

Audit Committee Chair, Investment Committee Chair, Development Committee

Jill Rosenberg

TRUSTEE

Resident Services Committee Chair

Diane Jacobus

TRUSTEE

Gold Star Mothers Board Liaison, Gold Star Mother Committee Chair, Resident Services Committee

Gail Schwandner

TRUSTEE

Human Resources Committee Chair, Gold Star Mother Committee

Cindy Tatum

TRUSTEE

National President of American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. 

Jo Ann Maitland

TRUSTEE

National 1st Vice President of American Gold Star Mothers, Inc.

Febien Lijiam Ghebreyesus

TRUSTEE

Tim Scott

TRUSTEE

Glen Patrick

President and Chief Executive Officer

Sarah Bergman

Chief Financial Officer