Alma “Sally” Montague arrived in Charleston to visit a friend at the Confederate Home two decades ago and moved in 30 days later.

She has lived here ever since and enjoys interacting with the other residents of limited means and with the artists and authors who have studios in this vast complex of 19th century buildings between Broad and Chalmers streets.

“It really is a wonderful mixture of people here,” she said.

Montague said this is the only one of five charitable homes built for Confederate widows after the Civil War that still continues a mission of providing quality housing to those with a legitimate need.

Confederate Home board chairwoman Barbara Zimmerman put it this way: “This is one of Charleston’s oldest charitable institutions, and it’s still serving the city.”

But time and water are taking a toll here, one that, if left unchecked, could lead to major changes down the road. And the home is now trying to raise $530,000 to make needed repairs.

Read more in upcoming editions of The Post and Courier.