Mission: The organization's mission is to be "a ministry that responsibly enhances the lives of older adults with christ-like love. " intentional and meaningful community life is central to achieving the organization's mission of living "life. Embraced. " we believe life can be enhanced when persons have opportunities to pursue their own growth with an inward journey of the body, mind and soul, have opportunities to journey outward and care for and share their hearts and hands with others, and have opportunities to joyously journey together with others and build respectful, participatory relationships. Our dream is to inspire everyone 55 and better to more fully embrace life; to not fear growing older, but to re-imagine the journey of aging as a time of purpose, zest, and faith-filled living.
Target demographics: Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Geographic areas served: Perry County Cumberland County Northern York County - Dillsburg Area Dauphin County Pennsylvania
Programs: The year ending june 30, 2015 was one of positive growth and new accomplishments as the organization celebrated its 119-year anniversary. Messiah lifeways at messiah village ("messiah village") completed the installation of a new hvac system within the 124 apartments on campus. This was a huge undertaking which required moving each resident out of their apartment for one week while the work was completed. The new system allows for temperature controls to be managed within individual apartments. New full-sized washer and vented dryers were also added to further enhance many of the apartments. The gift development office fundraised through the fruit of the vine dinner to raise $5,480. 00 for a special activities fund for the enhanced living neighborhood at messiah village. A special gift of $453,961. 75 was given by a family bequest. This generous gift has been designated for one of the new nursing neighborhoods that will be built and is projected to open in 2017. This year, $793,000 was the cost of providing benevolent care in enhanced living, and $1,518,000 was the cost in nursing. Another enthusiastic group on the campus is the messiah village auxiliary. For many years they have generously supported the endowment fund by donating to annual appeal efforts and by donating money from their gift shop and coffee shop sales, quilt sales, and clothing sales to support benevolent care. Behind the scenes, auxiliary members serve quietly but confidently, knowing that their efforts make a difference to this community. From transporting residents to rehab and hair appointments, to planting flowers and hosting at the fireside grille, volunteers' generosity of giving time and talent impact nearly every aspect of life at messiah village. This year 425 volunteers gave 32,099 hours of service to messiah village. Based on the bureau of labor and statistics figures, volunteers provided $685,635 worth of service. One of the most notable ways in which messiah village enhances the lives of its residents in residential living is through the pathways institute for lifelong learning. The pathways institute provides residents with opportunities to engage in mental, cultural and spiritual activities promoting their overall wellness. Approximately 60% of its members are residents of messiah village. Design work and preliminary pricing was established for phase 1 of "project envision: a 20-year plan for a mission-driven messiah village. " this project has defined a clear course to ensure messiah village meets the changing needs of future generations of residents while remaining fiscally strong and mission-focused. The project aims to increase residential living and enhanced living options, offer smaller nursing neighborhoods with private rooms, and add numerous lifestyle amenities. The centerpiece of phase one is the village square, which features a blend of lively common spaces that promote vitality and 84 private apartments with underground parking. It will include a wellness center, spa, enrichment center, a cafe and an upscale casual restaurant. The village square will not only be the hub of enrichment activity for residents, but it will house the pathways institute for lifelong learning and messiah lifeways wellness, which hundreds of community members from across our region enjoy on a weekly basis. The first phase of project envision will also include the addition of 26 new large apartments in enhanced living and a new addition onto nursing that will include two nursing neighborhoods, which serve 16 residents each. With this addition, messiah lifeways will be able to offer 64 private accommodations throughout its nursing neighborhoods. Groundbreaking is slated for fall 2015 with the completion of this first phase projected the summer of 2017. In late may 2015, the welcome center started accepting reservations for the new apartments. By june 30, 2015, 33 reservations were received for the new village square apartment homes. Marketing & communication continued to market this continuing care retirement community through print advertisements, direct mail, web advertising and event promotion. A new website, messiahvillage. Org, was launched in march 2015. Again, messiah village was recognized by harrisburg magazine as "simply the best" long-term care facility in the region. In addition, messiah village was recognized by susquehanna style magazine as the best retirement community in the "best of the burg. "to learn more, visit messiahvillage. Org.