Working Together in Unanimity, Masonic Home At Lafayette Hill to Join the Grand Lodge Family

etownThe Masonic Homes of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania and the Masonic Home of Pennsylvania at Lafayette Hill plan to unite effective January 2004.

The Masonic Homes of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania currently comprises the Masonic Homes at Elizabethtown, the Masonic Eastern Star Home-East at Warminster, and the Masonic Village at Sewickley. When joined by the Masonic Home of Pennsylvania at Lafayette Hill in less than a year and a half, a culmination of 100-plus years of discussions will bring all Masonic homes under the same umbrella to provide a unified continuum of services. Furthermore, the union will reduce confusion among our members and the public. Through the years, many members of our Family of Freemasonry have mistaken the Masonic Home of Pennsylvania and the Masonic Homes at Elizabethtown.

Due to the foresight and efforts of the elected Grand Lodge Committee on Masonic Homes; the leadership of the Grand Chapter of Pennsylvania, Order of the Eastern Star, who were instrumental in the affiliation of the Masonic Homes of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania with the Eastern Star Homes in 1998; and the Board of Directors for the Masonic Home of Pennsylvania at Lafayette Hill; the union will exceed the original vision of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, which was to offer three Masonic homes across the Commonwealth. The Family of Freemasonry soon will have four Masonic homes where they can receive the level of services they need and desire in the area of the Commonwealth that is most convenient, familiar, and close to their family and friends.

To confirm that this joint effort would be in the best interest of both organizations and the memberships they serve, the Committee on Masonic Homes and the Board of Directors of the Masonic Home of Pennsylvania conducted months of research and planning. They developed a task force in March of this year to look at the possibility of all the facilities working together in some manner to reduce the confusion between our homes and to enhance the services currently provided at all locations.

In June, they conducted a survey of members in the five-county area nearest to the Masonic Home of Pennsylvania and the Masonic Eastern Star Home-East, which is located within 45 minutes of Lafayette Hill, to determine at which location prospective residents prefer to receive nursing, assisted living, and retirement living services. The results indicate that there is sufficient interest in both facilities to support the continuation of services at both locations. In July, the decision was made by both groups to move forward together in unity.

Over the next year, extensive review and work will be accomplished to make the transition as smooth as possible for residents, employees, volunteers and supporters of all of the Masonic Homes of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, including the Masonic Home at Lafayette Hill.

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