Volume LIXAugust 2012Number 3

What's New at Masonic Village

Masonic Village Home & Community-Based Services
Adult Daily Living Center
Elizabethtown: 717-361-5353 or via email
A cost-effective alternative for adults who live at home, but need structure and assistance in the daytime.

Bleiler Caring Cottage
Elizabethtown: 717-361-5080 or 800-462-7664 or via email
A home for eight adults with mild to moderate developmental disabilities.

Home Care
Elizabethtown: 717-367-1121, ext. 33700 or via email
Sewickley: 412-741-1400, ext. 3096 or via email
Personalized care or individualized services provided in an individual's home. Provides the assistance needed for some people to remain independent for as long as possible.

Elizabethtown: 717-367-1121, ext. 18449
A special way of caring for patients and their family unit at the end of their lives in the familiar surroundings of home.

Masonic Children's Home
Elizabethtown: 717-367-1121, ext. 33301 or via email
A home for 40 school-age youth who come from various socioeconomic environments which do not provide the security and support necessary for healthy growth and development.

Outreach Program
800-462-7664 or via email
Provides free information, direction and education to individuals and families throughout the United States. Services include a Loan Closet, which makes durable medical equipment available for short-term use, as well as the following services for PA Freemasons and eligible family members: Home Assistance, financial assistance for those in need; a Panel of Attorneys who may volunteer to give direction to those unable to retain counsel; a Finance Panel of professionals who may volunteer to assist those in need of developing or improving budget skills.

Short-term Rehabilitation
Elizabethtown: 717-361-4552 or 800-422-1207
Inpatient services designed to help people recover from a stroke, hip fracture, total joint replacement, amputation or other injuries or illnesses, with the goal of helping them attain their maximum level of functional independence so they can return home and resume their regular routines.

Masonic Villages' Centennial Capital Campaign
Comes to a Successful Completion

To celebrate the Masonic Villages' 100th anniversary in June 2010, it was a shared vision and focus to increase the Endowment Fund to continue the Mission of Love to benefit future generations through another Century of Service. The first-ever Masonic Villages three-year Centennial Capital Campaign began on June 1, 2009.

The campaign began with R.W. Past Grand Master Stephen Gardner and continued with the steadfast commitment of R.W. Past Grand Master Thomas K. Sturgeon and now, R.W. Grand Master Jay W. Smith.

At one of the annual donor dinners held in May, Grand Master Smith heralded the completion of the campaign as he said, "I am proud to announce that the Masonic Villages' Centennial Capital Campaign, which began three years ago, has raised more than $29½ million dollars! Our original goal was $25 million, but YOU, and other compassionate donors like you, helped to exceed that goal by $4½ million. What an accomplishment! These dollars will make a tremendous difference in the lives of our residents across this great Commonwealth, particularly those who cannot afford to pay for the quality, loving care they so need and deserve."

The contributions received through this campaign are mostly deferred gifts which will help Masonic Villages in the future.

Masonic Villages Will Become a Nonprofit Corporation in 2013

The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania has owned and operated the Masonic Villages as an unincorporated charitable unit since 1910. After careful review, in December 2011, the Grand Lodge determined that it would be beneficial to operate the Masonic Villages through a nonprofit corporation, and directed the governing committee and officers of the Masonic Villages to accomplish this in a way that would cause as little disruption to the Masonic Villages' employees and residents as possible.

The Masonic Home of Pennsylvania, a Pennsylvania corporation, was formed by several Freemasons in 1871, and operated a long-term care facility in the Philadelphia area independent of the Grand Lodge until 2004. In 2004, the Grand Lodge acquired the assets and assumed control of the corporation and its operations. This facility is our Masonic Village at Lafayette Hill.

It was determined that the simplest way to accomplish the objective is to transfer all operations (including all assets and liabilities) to the Masonic Home of Pennsylvania, effective Jan. 1, 2013. When this occurs, our corporation will then have 142 years of Pennsylvania Masons' involvement in our Mission of Love. Masonic Villages' staff is working to conclude the transaction, which requires a lot of changes with names on licenses and other documents that we use every day, in a seamless way.

As we make this legal form change, our focus remains on our dedication to services for our residents and support for our employees who bring our Mission of Love to life.

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