To celebrate the special role of food in the care, sheltering, and gathering of people since 1867, Homeland has released a commemorative, 150th anniversary cookbook, “Heritage Recipes from Homeland Center.”

The 86-page, hardbound binder features 185 recipes contributed by Homeland Center board members, residents, volunteers, family members, staff and friends. Each recipe is as flavorful as the memories they conjure.Phoebe Berner for resized for website min

“Homeland has thrived for 150 years by sticking to our core mission of providing excellent care, and by embracing change,” said President and CEO Barry Ramper II. “Enjoying food as we celebrate special occasions and go about our daily lives is a constant at Homeland, so it’s only appropriate that we mark our anniversary with a cookbook where the main ingredient of every recipe is love.”

Homeland resident Phoebe Berner’s recipe for Lemon Cake Pudding represents a group of friends who met for shared dinners at each other’s houses for 50 years.

“We’d play cards and have a cocktail first,” she said. “Some moved out of the area, so some other people came into the group. Some got sick and died a little early. So then there were other substitutes. It just kept going. We were very close friends.”

French fry story Gillian Sumpter resized min“Don’t be bashful! We’ve got Fench fries!”

Homeland Center Board of Managers member Janet Young was standing before a cart stocked with hot, fresh French fries ready for Homeland residents to enjoy with lunch.

Homeland Center has hopped on board the food truck craze and, in what is becoming an annual tradition, brought a French fries truck right to the door in late May 2017 for the enjoyment of residents and staff.

The truck first made an appearance in April 2016, after residents asked for fries with their meals. But keeping fries hot and crispy while serving them to multiple dining areas was a problem.

Benjamin Olewine III The passing of Benjamin Olewine III on May 27 saddened the Homeland Center family. Ben’s generosity touched many residents as well as the entire Harrisburg community in ways big and small.

We were honored to have Ben serve as an honorary co-chair for Homeland’s 150th Gala Anniversary Celebration at the Hilton Harrisburg in early May. Ben was too ill to attend, but in his co-chair message for the Gala program, he talked about why he believed Homeland’s mission is so critical.

“Everyone deserves a safe and secure home," Ben wrote. “As we age, finding a home that offers the best in personal and skilled care is crucial."

He also recalled his long history with Homeland, which began when his family’s grocery store would deliver supplies in the early 1900s. Much later, Homeland cared for his wife, Gloria and his aunt, Marian Olewine. In appreciation of the care they received, he supported the renovation of the Gathering Room in his wife’s memory and the creation of the unique, 1950s-style diner in memory of his aunt.

Celebrate Homeland Center’s 150th Anniversary with a collection of recipes from the Homeland “family.”

  • Features over 185 recipes from Homeland Center board members, residents, volunteers, family members, staff and friends
  • Recipes are enclosed in a sturdy 3-ring binder measuring 7 inches wide by 9.25 inches high
  • Features photos of Homeland Center and a 150 year history of the organization
  • Excellent as a commemorative gift
  • Best of all, proceeds from the sale provide benevolent care for residents whose resources have been exhausted
  • Each cookbook is just $25

Osgood plays for residents

So many men were lost during the Civil War that places were needed to shelter their widows and orphans. That’s the piece of history that made an impression on retired CBS News Sunday Morning anchor Charles Osgood when he came to Homeland Center as part of its 150th anniversary celebration.

Osgood was the keynote speaker for Homeland’s May 7 gala at the Hilton Harrisburg. Earlier in the day, he visited Homeland, entertaining residents in the main dining room by playing popular songs on the piano and sharing a few stories from his time in the news and political arenas.

Osgood opened by playing “Gallant Men,” the 1967 Top-40 hit he had co-written while announcer for the United States Army Band. The Grammy-winning recording included lyrics spoken by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Everett Dirksen, known for his mellifluous voice.


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