Founded in 1981 by Robert and Mary Elyn McNichols, CSM was initially organized to meet the need for hands-on, professional management for the nonprofit elderly housing being developed by CSM's affiliate, McNichols & Associates. The firm has steadily grown over the years, currently employing more than 1,400 persons and managing more than 25 distinct retirement communities throughout the state of Virginia.
- 1982 CSM opens Trolinger House, a subsidized low income elderly apartment community located in Warm Hearth Village, Blacksburg, Virginia.
- 1984 CSM opens Showalter Center in Warm Hearth Village, Blacksburg, Virginia. This is one of the first assisted living properties in the state of Virginia, and one of the first of its kind in the U.S.
- 1986 CSM is hired by the Catholic Diocese of Richmond, Virginia to develop and manage St. Mary's Woods. This is the first of six Diocesan assisted living and nursing home communities that CSM manages for the Diocese.
- 1996 CSM opens Our Lady of Hope for the Catholic Diocese of Richmond. This property includes an innovative and highly effective Alzheimer's care center. The design of this center has become a model for state of the art Alzheimer's and dementia care centers throughout the region.
- 1996 CSM is hired by United Church of Christ Home, Inc. to manage Springvale Terrace, a 156 unit retirement facility, located in Silver Spring, Maryland.
- 2003 CSM is ranked for the first time as the 25th largest provider of assisted living services, in the nonprofit sector, by the Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA).
While the size of the organization has grown, our commitment to the original mission and guiding philosophy remains the same ensuring the ongoing success of the communities we manage.