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Stanley Fabiano likes Homeland, with its good food and "very, very nice people.'' The former baseball player enjoys watching sports and movies on TCM.  

Whether he was hosting Bob Hope or hitting home runs against professional Japanese ballplayers, Stanley Fabiano always performed his duties in the U.S. Air Force with an eye on making sure that his fellow service members had all the high-quality supports and entertainment they deserved.

Fabiano was among Homeland Center residents honored for their military service at Homeland’s 2016 Veterans Day ceremony.

The San Jose, California, native served first, in Korea in 1955 and then went to Japan for two and a half years, starting in 1956. He was an Air Force second lieutenant, having served in ROTC while studying at San Francisco State University. He had also played baseball in college and on a farm team of the San Francisco Seals, the famous Pacific Coast League team that produced Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio.

In the Air Force, Fabiano served in personnel services, overseeing all sports activities and escorting USO troupes. In Japan, he guided Bob Hope, Hope’s wife Dolores, and his cast members on their tour. Hope “was very friendly, very nice.”

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Ed Savage enjoys one of Homeland's gardens.  

Assistant Director of Development Ed Savage pursues a passion for caring!

“Development is different every day. One day, you’re talking to a potential donor, and the next day, you’re researching the proper days and holidays for a calendar.”

So says Ed Savage, Homeland Center’s new assistant director of development. He works with Director of Development Betty Hungerford to cultivate the donations and grants that support Homeland’s quality care and assure that no resident is ever asked to leave for lack of funds.

Before joining Homeland, Savage built his career in development through six years at WITF, the public media outlet, and three years with a local hospice. At Homeland, he fills the spot vacated when Jennifer Ross left to become executive director of the Jewish Federation of Harrisburg.

In the critical role of fundraising for a nonprofit, Savage has cultivated the art of long-term thinking. It might be November, but he’s working on the Homeland gala scheduled for May, “which seems like it’s far away, but it’s not that far as a special event goes.”

In development, he notes, “if there’s a project you don’t like working on, it’ll soon be gone, and if there’s a project you do like, it’ll soon be gone.” 

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Homeland Center Board of Managers Chair Susan Batista, center, discusses upcoming events and plans for activities with residents Betty Wise, left, and Fay Dunkle.  

A true home is a comfortable place where the feel is welcoming, the décor is warm, and the people are friendly.

At Homeland Center, the unique Board of Managers assures the little things that make life pleasurable for residents, and now, the board is modernizing to enhance Homeland’s home-like feel.

The Board of Managers is a separate entity from the traditional Board of Trustees. While the Board of Trustees keeps Homeland running smoothly by overseeing fiscal and operational duties, the Board of Managers handles interior details and many day-to-day functions. They include selecting furniture and décor, hosting events, and sponsoring activities such as the visit by a food truck delivering hot, fresh French fries to delighted residents.

In 2016, with nearly 150 years of history behind it, the Board of Managers decided it was time to upgrade its by-laws, with two goals in mind – strengthening personal relationships with residents and attracting top talent by making better use of members’ time. The two goals are intertwined.

Next year Homeland Center is turning 150 and we want your help making it a delicious occasion! We’re asking residentsHomeland Center Cook Book Food image and their families, as well as employees and friends to share their favorite recipes for a special commemorative cookbook. 

Recipes must be received no later than Wednesday, Nov. 30 and can be emailed to Barbara Cleeland at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or dropped off at the Sixth Street front desk. Please make sure your recipe is clearly written and has your full name and contact information. 

All money raised from the sale of the cookbook will benefit Homeland Center’s endowment fund. For more information, either email Barbara or call 717-221-7727. 

A top-to-bottom team effort has kept the 149-year-old Homeland Center at the top of its game. Wisdom,

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President and CEO Barry S. Ramper II pledged that Homeland has never compromised quality and never will, despite financial pressures and a "rapidly changing'' regulatory environment.  

adaptability, and a “full commitment” will keep it there, leaders agreed at a recent annual meeting of the boards of Trustees and Managers.

In his report to supporters and staff, President and CEO Barry S. Ramper II pledged that Homeland has never compromised quality and never will, despite financial pressures and a “rapidly changing” regulatory environment. 

“I will not compromise the goal. I will not compromise the quality. I will not compromise what we have a responsibility to achieve, no matter what the environment,” Ramper vowed. “Knowing that Homeland is entrusted with all or a portion of a client’s end-of-life care, clients have and deserve an expectation of quality.”

One way Homeland is meeting today’s challenges is by expanding its services to provide a “continuum of care’’ that addresses the needs of those living at home. Homeland began expanding its services with the introduction of Homeland Hospice, which includes the region’s only dedicated pediatric hospice.

Earlier this year, Homeland unveiled two additional services to help seniors at home. Homeland HomeCare will assist seniors with daily tasks such as meal preparation and transportation, while Homeland HomeHealth will provide doctor-ordered medical assistance, ranging from providing intravenous therapy and other medications to physical therapy.

He called on everyone, including himself, to “step up their game,” even as the accolades and awards continue to build upon Homeland’s post-Civil War legacy of excellence.  The center’s achievements and reputation are reflected in five consecutive “Reader’s Choice” awards in the category of “Best Long-Term Care Facility” by the 50,000 readers of Harrisburg Magazine. Homeland is also one of the few in Central Pennsylvania to repeatedly earn Medicare's top Five-Star rating.

“It’s harder to hold this position than to attain it,” Ramper said.


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