When her community became a mecca for adults suffering from tuberculosis, Fannie Eller Lorber created a Jewish children’s home for those who had no one else to care for them. Lorber immigrated to Colorado with her family in 1896 and married Jacob Lorber in 1902. Though she was an active member of Temple Emanuel’s Sisterhood, her local chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women, and Hadassah, Lorber made tuberculosis the focus of her life’s work. Colorado’s dry climate attracted TB patients, some of whom had families and were too poor to afford care. Lorber founded the Denver Sheltering Home in 1907 to care for Jewish children and served as president for over fifty years. Unusual for her time, Lorber insisted children receive individual attention and creative outlets, rather than employing the institutional approach used by most orphanages. As the facility rapidly expanded, offering housing, education, and medical care to hundreds of children, Lorber opened a national fundraising office in New York in 1920. When vaccines defeated TB in the late 1940s, Lorber changed her focus to asthma and continued to care for children in her now world-renowned facilities.
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