home sweet homeland

As our parents age, as we age, life sometimes doesn’t go as planned. Mom may get sick and need around the clock expert nursing care. Dad isn’t the same after Mom passed and needs some assistance, but still wants to live his life as independently as he possibly can. They provided a good home, took care of the family and then each other. Now it is the children’s responsibility.

Trying to manage a household, a full-time job, along with being the sole caretaker of Dad is difficult. It forces us to ask ourselves some challenging questions.

As Homeland Center celebrates its 150th anniversary, its future lies in continuing to provide excellent care at its historic Harrisburg location as well as expanding to meet the growing healthcare needs throughout the Central Pennsylvania region.

Quality, continued growth and full commitment to Homeland’s founding principles was the message delivered by President and CEO Barry Ramper II at the recent annual meeting of the boards of Trustees and Managers.

"If we could go back and talk to the group of people from nine churches who had a vision it would be very interesting to hear, if even in their wildest imagination, they believed this day would come and that Homeland would be the organization it is today," Ramper said.

Henry Weaver Don Englander for websiteFor three years, Henry Weaver’s mother-in-law lived at Homeland Center, and she always had visitors.

Weaver’s wife, Peggy, visited Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Henry Weaver came on Sundays, joining her for lunch in the dining room.

“She was well-loved by people here,” Henry Weaver says. Though her husband had never called her anything but Elizabeth, “when she came here, she was affectionately known as Lizzie.”

Carmella “BJ” Williams brings artistry and heart to Homeland’s kitchen!

Carmella “BJ” Williams was standing by the flea market booth at Homeland’s annual summer fair when a resident’s son approached and said, “I just want to thank you for everything that you do.”

It meant the world to her.

“It came out of nowhere,” she said. “He just came up and hugged me.”

During Homeland’s 150th anniversary year, Williams celebrates a milestone of her own. October 22, 2017 is her 25th anniversary of working at Homeland, rising from kitchen staff to assistant director of nutritional services.

cutshall party pic 2 for webIn 1917, Homeland Center celebrated its 50th anniversary. It was a time of compassion and progress. The facility was expanding, even installing Harrisburg’s first elevator.

Also in 1917, Genevieve Culbertson Cutshall was born in Mt. Union, Pennsylvania. It was the beginning of a life that would include trips to all 50 states. In September 2017, as Homeland celebrated its 150th anniversary, Mrs. Cutshall celebrated her 100th birthday with a party in Homeland’s Olewine Diner.


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