Phoebe Ministries

Charitable Sewing Program at Phoebe Allentown Help Young Women in Africa

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | April 11, 2024

By Lynann Everett. Phoebe Ministries News. “It’s proven that cultures who respect women do better — socially, financially, politically,” says Dorothy Sechler, retired teacher of 35 years and “captain” of The Marion Dawson Charitable Sewers at The Terrace at Phoebe Allentown (Pa.). Carefully ripping the seams from a donated fitted flannel sheet, Sechler passionately explains why…

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CHHSM Agencies Create Safe Homes for LGBTQ+ Elders

By Guest Contributor | April 11, 2024

By Renee DeLuca, multimedia content specialist, UCC Office of Marketing Communications. Originally appeared in UCC News April 2, 2024. Used by permission. Imagine spending your life with a partner, and when the time came for seeking a place to live during retirement years, the homes and assisted living neighborhoods you found made living with that partner uneasy…

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Phoebe/DeSales Partnership Helps Employees Afford College

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | December 11, 2023

By Lynann Everett, Phoebe Ministries Phoebe Ministries, based in Allentown, Pa., and DeSales University in Center Valley, Pa., recently announced a strategic partnership to encourage employee recruitment and retention through discounted tuition for higher education. As part of the partnership, DeSales University will provide eligible Phoebe employees’ children a 60 percent discount on traditional undergraduate programs…

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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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