New Vice President of Mission Advancement Named

Messiah Lifeways President & CEO Curt Stutzman recently announced that Alicia B. Titus will join the Executive Team as Vice President of Mission Advancement on October 22.  Alicia will oversee Marketing, Donor & Volunteer Development, and the Welcome Centers.

Stutzman shared, “Alicia comes to this role with a deep understanding and knowledge of the senior living industry and important market trends. She has indicated that she appreciates our culture, our mission, and core values and looks forward to putting her expertise into action at a senior living community where she can forge relationships with residents and team members alike.”

Titus comes to Messiah Lifeways from LeadingAgePA where she was Senior Vice President of Education and Research. She’s earned two undergraduate degrees in Marketing & Information Systems from Penn State University and is pursuing an MBA with a concentration in Healthcare Management from Lebanon Valley College. An alumnus of Bishop McDevitt High School, Alicia lives in Harrisburg with her husband and son.

Messiah Lifeways Names Central PA CEO as New Board Chair


Mechanicsburg, PA —Messiah Lifeways® named Mona S. Engle to lead its non-profit board of directors. Engle has been a board member for 8 years, serving most recently as vice-chair to outgoing chair, Glenn P. Heisey, Esq.  Engle is CEO of Susquehanna Valley Women’s Health Care (SVWHC), a 50 provider, multi-site OB/GYN private practice located in Central Pennsylvania.  Mona is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky School of Nursing and has been in management roles for the past 30 years.

“I look forward to partnering with Mona as we lead this ministry into a new era,” says President & CEO Curt Stutzman. “She has deeply connected roots to our ministry and is a vibrant, articulate advocate for our mission.”

In the late 1970’s, Mona and her late husband, Dale Engle, often visited Messiah Village with their young children.  Dale was then the pastor at Crossroads Brethren in Christ, just across the street from the campus of Messiah Lifeways at Mount Joy Country Homes.  Engle shares, “When I consider my history with Messiah Lifeways, I think about belonging – belonging to a community where you are respected, appreciated, celebrated & above all, able to live life to the fullest during all of life’s journey.”

In addition to her role with Messiah Lifeways, she is a board member of the US Women’s Health Alliance and an active member of Living Word Community Church in York.

In her spare time she enjoys her 3 grandchildren, traveling, playing golf, and watching her favorite sport teams, the University of Kentucky and Penn State University.

2018 Senior Games

Residents Soar to New Heights

Eight Messiah Lifeways at Messiah Village residents enjoyed “Dream Flights” at Capital City Airport courtesy of Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation, a non-profit organization founded in 2011 to honor military veterans living in long-term care facilities. To date, the foundation has provided more than 3,200 Dream Flights to veterans nationwide. Messiah Lifeways enrichment professional Holly Zweiacher submitted the application to the foundation, inspired by 97-year old veteran Hank Heim. Hank and his neighbors enjoyed 20-30 minutes flights aboard a 1942 Boeing Stearman – the airplane often used to train military aviators in the 1940s. The event attracted widespread media attention – check out the stories here:

97-year-old Air Force veteran gets back in the cockpit

Veterans Return to Skies 


Carlisle Adult Day Center is enrolling new clients

The National Adult Day Services Association (NADSA) defines Adult Day programs as “a professional care setting in which older adults and adults living with dementia…receive individualized therapeutic, social, and health services for some part of the day.”

Carlisle Adult Day clients enjoy gardening with the Master Gardeners from Penn State.

Messiah Lifeways Adult Day services go above and beyond in providing a positive, nurturing programming to meet a variety of needs in clients, especially those with a dementia diagnosis. Music, art, exercise, gardening, service projects, a hot lunch, special events… everything is geared towards socialization and maintaining the cognitive and physical abilities of each client. We don’t dwell on what has been lost; we focus on what is still possible.

We’re also keenly aware of the difficulties facing caregivers in Central Pennsylvania. Adult children need to continue working, devoted spouses become weary with caregiver burnout, families and neighbors feel ill-equipped to help. Adult Day programs like ours provide a safety net – a safe haven – for the clients and their loved ones. The Messiah Lifeways Adult Day programs are also strongly connected to the Alzheimer’s Association which adds an extra layer of support through training, resources, and caregiver support groups that help the entire family.

If someone you love is unable to stay safely at home during the work week due to memory impairment or another age-related concern or you know someone who would benefit from the services at a Messiah Lifeways Adult Day Services, please feel free to help spread the word. Some additional points of interest about Messiah Lifeways Adult Day programs:

• They’re secured and thoroughly equipped to put the caregiver’s mind at ease.
• They employ team members, including several Registered Nurses, who are well trained in therapeutic programming, validation and remotivation therapy, and more.
• Focus on the client – their memories, their interests, their hobbies, to make each day meaningful and positive.
• May help to reduce the unwanted behaviors that sometimes challenges families and caregivers.

Our Mechanicsburg Center is currently on a waiting list but our Carlisle Center does have openings. Melissa Brandt, the Carlisle Center Coordinator would welcome the opportunity to give tours and talk about the admission process with anyone who is interested. The Carlisle Adult Day program is located at The Meeting House, Carlisle Campus, 1155 Walnut Bottom Road.

Melissa can be reached at: 717-243-0447 or via email at

To learn more about Messiah Lifeways Adult Services, please visit


Messiah Lifeways At Home Team Members Recognized Among Best in Pennsylvania

Messiah Lifeways At Home team members Jennifer Medina and Ashley Hannon, pictured here with Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Aging Teresa Osborne, were among several Direct Care Worker of the Year nominees. They were celebrated recently at the Pennsylvania Homecare Association’s 2nd Annual Direct Care Worker Forum in Harrisburg. Messiah Lifeways At Home has been providing a broad range of non-medical caregiving services such as daily support, housekeeping, and companionship to older adults in the greater Harrisburg region since 1984. “Our entire team was honored by Jennifer and Ashley’s nomination and we celebrate this achievement with them. Their compassion and dedication is admirable; and we look forward to serving more clients in our region with this same spirit,” noted Christina Weber, Director of Community Support Services for Messiah Lifeways.

Messiah Lifeways® at Messiah Village Announces $80 Million Expansion Now Complete

MECHANICSBURG, PA (January 26, 2018) – Messiah Lifeways®, the faith-based non-profit that provides a network of services for adults aged 55 and better, is celebrating the completion of the first phase of Project Envision with an open house & tours on Saturday, January 27 from 11 am through 3 pm.

“To say this is a bright new chapter in retirement living & vibrant wellness and lifestyle venues for older adults would be an understatement,” says CEO Curt Stutzman. “Beyond offering a large number of beautiful residential and personal care apartments, this grand opening includes incredible wellness, lifelong learning, day spa, and dining amenities for anyone age 55 and better to enjoy.”

The public is invited for guided tours of Village Square, including model apartment homes, the John N. Hostetter Enrichment Center, the Center for Vitality & Wellness with its zero-entry saltwater pool, and Cerise Day Spa, which features a salt wall relaxation room, manicure/pedicure stations, and more. Visitors can purchase lunch at Café 100, proudly offering Starbucks coffee and tea beverages, or at Kathryn’s on the Square, two new dining venues in Village Square. Tours will also highlight spacious personal care apartments in Hopewell, a new Enhanced Living neighborhood with 26 apartments.

In 2017, Messiah Lifeways served 2,955 persons through 12 service lines; only about 750 of those persons live at the Messiah Village or Mount Joy Country Homes resident campuses. “This expansion gives physical space to continue our legacy of serving older adults in many ways – whether they choose to live in a resident community or age in place in their home,” states Kristen Heisey, Senior VP for Mission Advancement. “Hundreds of our neighbors already enjoy our Pathways Institute for Lifelong Learning® classes and our existing Wellness Center was bursting at the seams! It’s a great time to be 55 and better in Central PA.”

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About Messiah Lifeways®
Messiah Lifeways offers a network of opportunities for adults 55 and better in South Central Pennsylvania. Recognizing that there are many ways to experience life, Messiah Lifeways offers life coaching, enrichment opportunities, community support services,and resident communities. Founded in 1896, Messiah Lifeways originally operated a home for widows and orphans in the city of Harrisburg, first on Bailey Street and later on Paxton Street. Messiah Lifeways, now based in Mechanicsburg, is a non-profit sponsored by the Brethren in Christ Church.

Village Square & Hopewell Grand Opening weekend

The public is warmly invited to tour Village Square and Hopewell on Saturday, January 27 between 11 am and 3 pm as we celebrate the completion of this phase of Project Envision at Messiah Lifeways at Messiah Village.  Check out these great articles and photos from three local publications:


The Sentinel

Central Penn Business Journal

Follow us on social media this weekend as we share all the latest news and photos from our grand opening celebration!


Podcast #11- Benefits Of Using At Home Services


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The Coach’s Corner has a new podcast for the new year! Listen and learn more about Messiah Lifeways At Home and how home care helps family caregivers gain some peace of mind and balance in their lives.

Home care plays a vital role in assisting older adults and the disabled to “age in place” in the safety and comfort of their own home and live as independently as possible while receiving the care they need to maintain a high quality of life.

As our population rapidly ages and the desire to stay at home rather than move to a care facility continues, the need for supplemental care and services like home care is also growing. Over the last several years a a number of non-medical home care providers has exploded across the country. To the surprise of many, Messiah Lifeways At Home has been providing a broad range of non-medical caregiving services such as daily support, housekeeping, and companionship to older adults in the greater Harrisburg region since 1984.

To learn more about Messiah Lifeways At Home, please call 717-790-8209 or visit



Running with Purpose

On November 12 hundreds of people crossed the finish line of the Harrisburg Marathon including Messiah Lifeways team member, Ron Steficek. On the morning of the race, Ron woke up and started to second guess whether or not he would be able to run the 26.2 mile course. He had been training for this day for the past thirteen months – day in and day out. This day was particularly special for Ron because ten years ago, on November 12, 2007, Ron’s nephew David, a captain in the US Army, was killed in the line of duty while serving overseas in Afghanistan. David was a runner and so when Ron decided to start this journey, he knew he wanted to run the marathon in memory and in honor of David.

Another reason Ron decided to run the marathon was because he wanted to continue living a healthier lifestyle that he started six years ago when he decided he was going to get into shape. He decided he was going to learn karate and, within three years, he graduated with a black belt. After karate, he got involved with bicycling which is still something he enjoys to this day. One day last year while at work, he saw that our Human Resources department had put up a “Couch to 5k” flyer as part of their Wellness committee to try and keep team members healthy and active. Ron figured since he had been bicycling for some time now that he would be able to run a 5k without any problem. It turns out it was a little tougher than he thought it would be, and so he decided it was time for another new “project.”

This time he came to the conclusion that he was going to start training for the Harrisburg Marathon in 2017 and run 26.2 miles – something he had never even dreamed he’d be able to accomplish. But that’s the thing with Ron, if he says he’s going to do something, he puts his mind to it and accomplishes his goal. So, with the help of a trainer, some determination and a whole lot of ambition and discipline, Ron ran his first marathon in 4 hours and 57 minutes. His goal was to finish in less than 5 hours. Thirteen months prior to the race, he started training by doing P90X workouts 6 days a week. Then, he started running two miles a week and kept increasing his mileage per his trainer’s advice. His longest run before the marathon was 20 miles.

Halfway through the marathon Ron was already thinking about how he could improve and beat his time for next year’s marathon. He plans to continue running marathons and wants to keep up with his healthy lifestyle. Ron’s face lit up with a big smile as he said, “this whole process was an adventure and I’m not sorry for one minute that I did it.”

Ron wasn’t the only Messiah Lifeways team member to participate in the Harrisburg Marathon this year. Jessica Mladenoff (pictured with Ron below) also ran in the marathon and Les and Kim Engle and their family (pictured below) competed in the relay section of the marathon.