The Village at Penn State is launching the public phase of the “Pride of Our Life,” a new, three-year, $4 million capital campaign that will help to fund an $11.6 million renovation project. It will result in a new personal care household, new community center, main entryway, new covered walkway and an additional dining venue at Liberty Lutheran’s university-based senior living community in State College. The public launch follows a quiet phase that has succeeded in raising $1.65 million.
When Karen toured The Hearth at Drexel with the Executive Director, Betty Bebian, she believed she found a perfect solution for the care and support that her parents needed.
Karen says, “Although Mom and Dad had lived independently all their lives, their needs for care and daily support were increasing. We didn’t want a clinical environment with restrictions and call- bells, but a place they could call home.”
Three elderly women and a man sat around a table in Paul’s Run’s library recently, huddled over their iPads and listening intently to Community Life Director, Jeri Iacono’s directions.
“The most important thing you need to know is how to turn it on,” she told the group. “Don’t be afraid of hurting it. Be patient and when you don’t know how to get out of something, hit the home button,” she added, pointing to the large round button at the base of the iPad.
~By Janet Lorenzon, Executive Director, Artman
“You can live forever in that place, it is so good,” says Bob Cinalli, whose mother has lived at Artman for 4 years. These words of affirmation are exactly what we want to hear from someone with a relative living in our community. Our goal at Artman, Liberty’s senior living community in Ambler, is that every family member feels uplifted when they visit and comfortable when they leave.
What do you get when you combine residents of Paul’s Run Retirement Community in Northeast Philadelphia and volunteers from St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Lafayette Hill with melted chocolate, pretzels, cookies, and candy? A lot of happy people making a lot of tasty treats! The event was the concoction of Paul’s Run Community Life staffer Julie Stumpf and Ellen Daneke, Social Ministry Chair, St. Peter’s Church.
“We were looking to build new bridges and new connections with Liberty Lutheran,” explained Ellen.
By Maria Kent, Liberty Lutheran PR Intern
Angela Danno has been an active resident at Paul’s Run since she moved in to Liberty’s Northeast Philadelphia retirement community 21 months ago. She exercises daily and knows first-hand the importance of physical fitness when it comes to aging. “I have little aches and pains…some pinched nerves,” she explained. That’s why she participated in Senior Fitness Day at Paul’s Run for the second year in a row.
Where did the last 20 years go? That’s the biggest question Fran Conley pondered when we asked her to talk about being one of the first members of The Becoming Center in 1994.
“I was here when the doors opened,” she recalls.
Two decades ago, Fran’s very–health conscious daughter was driving by Artman, Liberty’s senior community in Ambler, she saw the signs for the newly created Becoming Center and urged her mother to join. Fran lived only two blocks away and still does.
The Liberty Lutheran Family of Services is blessed to provide vital resources to thousands of people facing life-changing situations in Pennsylvania. Each person is courageous in their own way. Ellen Stern, a resident at Artman, is an exceptional example.
Ellen and her husband Harold moved to Artman in January 2014 after a series of health problems. They realized the split-level Willow Grove home that they shared for more than 40 years wasn’t ideal for the walking and balance issues that come with age. But don’t let her age and petite frame fool you. At 87, Ellen has as much courage and spitfire as ever.
“I still want to fight when there is a wrong,” she says.
Picture this: more than 200 senior citizens WALKING from Honolulu to Philadelphia! Okay… maybe that’s not humanly possible, but that was idea behind the Amazing Race at three of Liberty Lutheran’s senior communities.
Residents at Paul’s Run, Artman and the Village at Penn State kicked off the Amazing Race walking challenge in August, featuring four weeks of activities to inspire residents to get moving. Each week featured a different virtual destination. Residents “walked” from Honolulu to Dallas, then to New Orleans, and back to Philadelphia.
You may have noticed, for the past few years major renovations have been taking place at The Hearth at Drexel, our senior community in Bala Cynwyd, and at the Halle Health Center at Paul’s Run in Northeast Philadelphia, to make way for our new model of care at our senior communities: “person-center” care. We call this The Liberty Way.