Phoebe Ministries Opens Newest Independent Living Community in Emmaus, Pa.

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | June 11, 2024

Phoebe Ministries, based in Allentown, Pa., celebrated the opening of its brand-new independent living community, Chestnut Ridge at Rodale in Emmaus, Pa., on Thursday, May 23. Attendees included Phoebe President and CEO Scott Stevenson; Chairman of Phoebe’s Governing Board Bill Hacker; and Emmaus Mayor Lee Ann Gilbert. The ceremony was held in the large multi-purpose room at…

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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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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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LeadingAge Ziegler 2023 Top Older Adult Nonprofits Listings Highlight 18 CHHSM Members

By Barb Powell | November 13, 2023

The LZ 200, the annual report of the largest, most complex nonprofit older adult living organizations, recently was released, and this year’s listings includes 18 CHHSM members. The report, the 20th edition, was developed when LeadingAge — the United States’ largest association of not-for-profit aging service providers — and Ziegler — a top leading underwriter…

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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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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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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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