Volume LIXNovember 2012Number 4

Our Masonic Families Need Your Support to
Continue Services for Adults with Special Needs

The Bleiler Caring Cottage on the campus of the Masonic Village in Elizabethtown is home to eight individuals with intellectual developmental disabilities, and has been a part of the Masonic Village community since 1998. The residents of the Bleiler Caring Cottage range from 42 to 65 years of age. Each of the residents has a tie to the Masonic community. Three gentlemen are Masonic brethren and the other five individuals are the sons or daughters of Pennsylvania Masons.

The Bleiler Caring Cottage has allowed families to move into the Masonic Village together and to maintain a close family dynamic while at the same time experiencing independence and autonomy, which is the current situation for three residents. Two residents originally moved to the campus alongside their parents, but their parents have since passed away, and three individuals have family members living in the surrounding community.

Eighty percent of the residents in the Bleiler Caring Cottage receive state funding. This year, the state budget experienced a 20 percent cut in funding for people with intellectual developmental disabilities. This translates into a significant reduction of monetary support available to the residents of the Bleiler Caring Cottage - support in which there is already significant competition. When public funding is cut, providers, such as the Masonic Village's Bleiler Caring Cottage, cannot rely on other revenue streams like insurance or private pay.

This means that in order to continue to provide top quality services, we must seek the support of generous donors. If you would like to help, please contact the Office of Gift Planning toll-free at 800-599-6454. Thank you!

Honoring Our Veterans

A memorial to each soldier who has died in combat since 9/11, the "Massing of the Colors," will be display in the Veterans Grove of the Masonic Village at Elizabethtown from Nov. 5 - Nov. 14. The opening ceremony will be held on Nov. 5 at 1:30 p.m. in the Veterans Grove (rain location will be the Grand Lodge Hall Assembly Room). The public is invited to walk through and view the 6,598-flag display at their leisure, which will be lit for nighttime viewing. On Veterans Day, Nov. 11, a joint Veterans Day worship service will be held, and a program will be held in the Brossman Ballroom at 1:30 p.m.

Masonic Village residents and others are welcome to volunteer to plant the flags on Nov. 3 and to remove them after the closing ceremony scheduled for Nov. 14 at 1:30 p.m. If you are interested, contact Liz Grosh at 717-367-1121, ext. 39930.

The "Massing of the Colors" is a memorial created by the National Sojourners - Harrisburg Chapter No. 76. The National Sojourners are a Masonic organization of military members which aims to foster appreciation of the American heritage of freedom of life, liberty, religion and free expression. Funds for the flags came from donations and a private grant.

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