Visit Seattle’s Space Needle, explore the historic capitol of New Hampshire or head down South to the world’s largest living history museum at Colonial Williamsburg— the options are endless with Passport to Travel.
Passport to Travel is a first-of-its-kind travel program initiated by The Council for Health and Human Service Ministries (CHHSM), a community made of more than 350 programs dedicated to advancing the healing ministry of Jesus Christ by serving youth, families, older adults and those with disabilities.
It allows residents at eight CHHSM-related senior living organizations to lodge free of charge at a sister community of their choice for up to two weeks.
Designed by CHHSM’s Senior Services Collaborative (CSSC), the program enhances the quality of seniors’ lives by allowing them to travel and experience the radical hospitality of CHHSM’s ministries while taking in all the sights of a new city. Residents cover only their travel costs and can take full advantage of all the features their destination community has to offer (incidental expenses not included).
To participate in the program, contact the representative from your home community. To get involved or learn more about Passport to Travel, contact CHHSM Vice President Michael Readinger at email@example.com.
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“Our stay at the Horizon House was wonderful. It certainly proved to be a wonderful vacation. It really gave us an opportunity to get the feel of Seattle. We hope the Passport to Travel program is considered a success and will continue. I haven’t stopped talking about the trip and we know others that want to participate in the program.”
Bill and Phyllis Wallace, Beatitudes Campus
Traveled to Horizon House, Seattle WA
“…The savings in lodging expenses are phenomenal and having helpful host people is wonderful. Ordinarily, you are on your own at a lodging facility and in the details for your doing local travel. With this program, you have host people who can tell you how to make the best of both concerns and who may actively participate with you.”
Bill McGrue, Beatitudes Campus
Traveled to Phoebe Ministries, Allentown PA — Phoebe Berks Village Campus
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“This is a kind of travel exchange arrangement encouraging residents of one partner organization to discover and experience the independent lifestyles at another partner organization, in a senior friendly/supportive environment. With the success of this Passport to Travel program, there is the possibility to expand program participation to additional CHHSM – UCC members and other credentialed organizations. The potential is enormous!”
Larry and Rita Pelland, Havenwood-Heritage Heights
Traveled to Phoebe Ministries, Allentown, Pa.
Passport to Travel Stories
March 14, 2012
Leaving the cool, rainy winter in Seattle, we were delighted to stay for two weeks at the Beatitudes Campus in Phoenix, Ariz. The staff and residents were very helpful and friendly, and we had a lovely apartment.
March 7, 2012
Rich and Mary Miller of Cedar Community in West Bend, Wis., reflect on their Passport to Travel journey to North Carolina.
February 27, 2012
Duane and Mary Bayman have seen polar bears in Manitoba, turtles in the Galapagos and glaciers in Antarctica. They’ve visited all seven continents. But one of their favorite trips was just across their state.
February 7, 2012
When George and Geri Specht, residents of Cedar Community's Cedar Landing in Elkhart Lake, Wis., heard about the “Passport to Travel” program, they knew it was something they would love to do.
August 30, 2011
After months of pilot adventures, the time has come for Passport to Travel to take off.
August 9, 2011
Larry Pelland shares the story of his voyage from Concord, N.H., to Phoebe Berks Village in Wernersville, Pa, with the CHHSM Passport to Travel program.
June 15, 2011
When asked to pilot a first-of-its-kind travel exchange program, Charlie and Janet Bittinger of Abernethy Laurels in Newton, N.C., didn’t think twice.