Phoebe Ministries

Phoebe Ministries Wins Three LeadingAge PA Distinguished Service Awards

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | June 12, 2023

Phoebe Ministries, based in Allentown, Pa., recently was recognized by LeadingAge PA with three awards. Spirit Alive™, Phoebe’s proprietary spiritual care program for individuals with dementia, is the winner of LeadingAge PA’s 2023 Distinguished Service Award for Innovation of the Year. Linda Plunkett, administrative assistant for Phoebe Allentown (Pa.), received LeadingAge PA’s 2023 Distinguished Service Award for Staff Member of…

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‘Boomerang’ Employees Return to Phoebe

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | April 14, 2023

Phoebe Ministries, based in Allentown, Pa., is one of a number of organizations seeing an increasing number of former employees returning to work for the organization—a career move that seems surprising at first glance. Across the United States, these “boomerang” employees, as they’re called, accounted for 4.5 percent of all new hires in 2021—up from…

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Therapy Pets Bring Joy to Residents and Staff Alike at Phoebe Richland

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | November 7, 2022

When Last Chance Ranch visits Phoebe Richland in Richlandtown, Pa., the smiles on residents’ faces light up the entire campus! Bringing dogs, cats, ferrets, goats, and sheep to visit with residents over the last eight years, Last Chance Ranch is a nonprofit organization that rescues and rehabilitates equines, farm, and domestic companion animals. According to the American Senior…

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Phoebe Celebrates 50th Anniversary of its Affordable Housing Apartments

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | October 6, 2022

On Friday, September 9, Phoebe Ministries celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Phoebe Apartments. Dedicated in May 1972 as the first low- to middle-income housing for Lehigh Valley residents 62 and older, Phoebe Apartments currently is home to 143 older adults. Residents of the Phoebe Apartments, Phoebe COO Bob Richards, and other Phoebe employees celebrated…

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Phoebe Institute on Aging 2023 Conference Issues Call for Break-Out Group Proposals

By CHHSM Staff | September 9, 2022

Phoebe Ministries is seeking proposals for the Phoebe Institute on Aging’s 2023 Conference, “We Rise Together: Seniors Rebound with Resilience and Hope.” The conference is slated for April 27, 2023, at DeSales University in Center Valley, Pa., and features boxing legend Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini as the keynote speaker. The conference will examine resiliency in…

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Phoebe Packs a Punch Against Parkinson’s

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | August 8, 2022

By Danielle Sanchez, Phoebe Messenger Intern. Published in the Phoebe Messenger, Spring/Summer 2022 issue; reprinted with permission. Residents of Phoebe Berks Village in Wernersville, Pa., are packing a punch against Parkinson’s, literally. Donning regulation gloves and letting out battle cries, they follow their enthusiastic instructor, Michelle Franks, as she takes them through an intense warm-up,…

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Register Now for Phoebe Institute on Aging’s Conference on Secondary Trauma and Resiliency in Senior Care

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | April 5, 2022

The Phoebe Institute on Aging (PIA) and the Allentown, Pa., area’s PBS channel —PBS39 — present its annual one-day conference — this year entitled “The Personal Cost of Caring: Secondary Trauma and Resiliency in Senior Care” — on Thursday, April 28, 2022.  The virtual conference will examine the effects of COVID-19 on caregivers of older adults: physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Practical…

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Phoebe Ministries Promotes Richards, Baer to COO, CFO Posts

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | February 10, 2022

Phoebe Ministries, based in Allentown, Pa., has promoted two of its long-time employees to chief officer roles. Robert Richards, CPA, is the new executive vice president and chief operating officer (COO); and Thomas Baer, CPA, is the new senior vice president of finance and chief financial officer (CFO). Both appointments came following the retirement of…

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Lisa Fichera, Phoebe Ministries COO, Retires After 43 Years of Service

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | January 4, 2022

Lisa Fichera, chief operating officer of Phoebe Ministries,based in Allentown, Pa., retired at the end of December after 43 years of dedicated service to the seniors of Eastern Pennsylvania. Fichera was hired in 1978 by Phoebe Ministries, known then as Phoebe Home. She started her career in an entry-level position in human resources, and later…

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LeadingAge/Ziegler Report Features Several CHHSM Members

By Barb Powell | November 10, 2021

The 18th Annual LeadingAge/Ziegler LZ 200 2021 report was released at the end of October and, once again, several UCC-related, CHHSM older adult community organizations made the top 200 across a number of categories. The report presents the data by category collected for the 200 largest not-for-profit senior living multi-sites, government-subsidized housing multi-sites, and single…

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