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At the DBE in Kansas, volunteering is at the heart of everything we do. Our organization is dedicated to making a positive impact in the lives of those living in The British Home in Brookfield, IL, and others in need. Our members play a crucial role in helping us achieve our goals. There are many ways to get involved and make a difference through volunteering with the DBE.

Being a part of the DBE not only gives us a rewarding experience but is also a great way to connect with others. We value the contributions of all our volunteers and are grateful for their dedication and support.

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the DBE also welcomes volunteers from other affiliations to help at our fundraising events. If you are an individual looking to give back to your community, a student seeking service hours for school or college, or a member of another organization interested in collaborating with us on volunteer projects, we welcome your participation.

Together, we can make a difference in the lives of those we serve.

The British Home

The British Home in Brookfield, IL was established in 1920 as a not-for-profit retirement home for British immigrants in the US.  Now all nationalities are welcome and this institution has been rebranded as Cantata, offering a myriad of services beyond retirement.


The idea for the British Home originated from those who recognized the unique challenges faced by elderly immigrants from their homeland. Many of these individuals had journeyed across the Atlantic in search of new opportunities, only to find themselves without the familial support or resources necessary to navigate the challenges of aging.

With a shared commitment to addressing this pressing need, the founding members of the British Home worked tirelessly to establish a facility that would offer a safe and supportive environment. The British Home has grown into a cherished institution. Situated on beautifully landscaped grounds, the facility provides a warm and welcoming atmosphere for its residents.

At the British Home, residents receive personalized care tailored to their individual needs, ensuring that they can enjoy their golden years with dignity and comfort. Services offered include assisted living, skilled nursing care, rehabilitation therapy, and memory care support.


We are proud to offer the Sarah Josephine Langstaff Memorial Scholarship, dedicated to supporting women of Commonwealth heritage in their educational pursuits.


The Sarah Josephine Langstaff Memorial Scholarship honors the legacy of our founder, Sarah Josephine Meredith Langstaff, whose vision and dedication continue to inspire us today. As a woman of remarkable compassion and foresight, Langstaff understood the importance of education in empowering individuals to achieve their dreams and make a positive impact on the world.


Through the Sarah Josephine Langstaff Memorial Scholarship, we seek to provide financial assistance to deserving women of Commonwealth heritage who are pursuing higher education. It is awarded annually, with recipients receiving financial assistance to support their educational endeavors.

For more information about the scholarship and application process, please click on the link below. We look forward to supporting you on your educational journey and celebrating your achievements as a recipient of the Sarah Josephine Langstaff Memorial Scholarship.

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