The Glen’s History

The Glen Retirement System has a rich history as a part of the local community. In 1890, Miss Mary Files dreamed of providing a permanent home for the homeless elderly women of Shreveport. She passed away before her dream was realized, but left a donation behind to be used toward fulfilling her dream.

In 1898, her two sisters, Miss Dick Files and Mrs. Rhoda Files Hunter, formed the “Home for the Homeless”, fulfilling Mary’s dream as a haven for homeless elderly women in the local community. The institution formed a Board of Directors that continues to serve as a governing body in today’s organization. This group of leaders constantly evaluates the needs of the community and thus evolves the capabilities of The Glen Retirement System.

The Glen has continued to transform over the years while preserving the mission of the organization and the vision of our predecessors. The Glen Retirement System is a not-for-profit, Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) located in South Shreveport. We have extended our services over the years to offer a multitude of living options to the senior women and men of our community, as well as support services and community outreach programs that benefit those who live beyond our campus.

“The History of The Glen, 1898-1998” written by Dr. Ann Mathison McLaurin, is an in depth look at the first 100 years of The Glen and is available for purchase in The Village General Store, accessible via our main entrance at 403 East Flournoy Lucas Road, Shreveport 71115.


“The Glen is unique to Louisiana as the state’s oldest nondenominational retirement residence.  I am so proud to be and have been a part of this uniqueness for almost 30 years.  Working at The Glen as Activity Director is like being a part of a big family – the residents become a very important part of your life.” – Sandy Draughon