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.

Lifeways Coach named 1 of 50 new global Retirement Planning Coaches

Career Partners International’s Retirement Options Certifies 50 Retirement Planning Coaches

Retirement Options Certifies Global Coaches for Use of Non-Financial Retirement Planning Assessments

Columbus, Ohio (PRWEB) August 10, 2017 — Retirement Options, Career Partners International’s leading global provider of retirement coach certification and readiness assessments, has helped over 50 new global coaches to achieve the designation of Retirement Options Certified Coach. This certification allows the expert use of Retirement Options Retirement Success Profile™ and LifeOptions Profile™, two non-financial retirement planning assessments designed to help individuals plan for and enjoy a more fulfilling retirement.

Those recently certified include David Huckle, Shirley Low, Lori Cooper, Janice Geiges, Matthew Gallardo, Robin Kennedy, Nancy L. Saunders, Ph.D, Karl Jackson, Amy Harbison, Guy Ripley, Sandee Lammers, BJ Hance, Vicky Walker, Barbra Bell, Charles Baker, Wendy Pentland, Annie Walsh, Steve Wrigley, M.A., Lisa Engleson, Douglas Passanisi, and Kathleen Johnson.

Retirement Options Certified Coaches are equipped with the tools, training and support to effectively coach the largest demographic in the world. Become certified in the administration, feedback and application of two world-class assessments, the Retirement Success Profile™ and LifeOptions Profile™, to help clients prepare for and enjoy a more fulfilling retirement. Available exclusively to Retirement Options Certified Coaches, these assessments deliver the accurate, personalized, and comprehensive information you need to provide high impact retirement coaching.

Over 800 worldwide coaches certified through Retirement Options use the scientifically designed assessments to evaluate retirement readiness and establish the foundation of retirement life plans. Retirement Options Certified Coaches have successfully assisted thousands of individuals, couples and employees of corporate clients in assessing and exploring areas of their lives such as work, family, leisure, wellness, and personal development. They are experts on the subject of retirement planning and are regularly asked how to best prepare for this major life transition. The Retirement Options Webinar Certification Course is accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF) for Continuing Coach Education (CCE) hours.

Founded in 1989, Retirement Options is the industry leader in retirement coach certification and retirement readiness assessments. Through its two retirement readiness assessments, the Retirement Success Profile™ and the LifeOptions Profile™, Retirement Options provides a foundation for individuals to plan for and enjoy a more fulfilling retirement by exploring various aspects of life impacted by retirement such as work, family, leisure, wellness, and personal development. Retirement Options is a division of Career Partners International.About Career Partners International.
Founded in 1987, Career Partners International is a leading provider of Outplacement, Career Management, Executive Coaching and Leadership Development services from more than 300 offices in over 45 countries. Employers around the world trust Career Partners International’s local market experts to provide the best possible outcomes for employees across Canada, the United States, Latin America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, and Asia Pacific regions.


Messiah Lifeways At Home Partners with Cheryl Kay Foundation

Messiah Lifeways At Home (MLAH) is writing a new chapter in its 31-year history by partnering with the Cheryl Kay Foundation (CKF) a Mechanicsburg-based family organization dedicated to affordable, dignified, and accessible home care services. As one of the first home care agencies in the region to partner with CKF, Messiah Lifeways At Home will be able to remove financial barriers and serve more older adults in need of age-in-place services. As an approved agency partner, MLAH can offer one-time grants of $1,000 per client. “This partnership comes at an opportune time as more families are looking for partners in caring for aging loved ones,” states Karl Brummer, Vice President of Human Resources, Community Services & Enrichment. “Our mission aligns so well with CKF as we both seek to lessen the financial burden of obtaining quality home care.  We are incredibly thankful for the generosity of this fine organization.”

Messiah Lifeways At Home has been serving Cumberland, Northern York, Perry, and Dauphin County clients since 1984. Their skilled team of in-home caregivers are available around the clock, including holidays, to provide a broad range of non-medical caregiving, housekeeping, and daily support services. “Because home care services are not generally covered by insurance, cost can be a barrier,” according to Megan Stedjan, Director of Community Support Services for Messiah Lifeways. “A grant of $1,000 per person will go a long way in serving current and future clients as Pennsylvania continues to trend as one of our nation’s ‘grayest’ states. The need is there.”

CKF eligibility requirements include: individuals, 79 years of age or older, who live alone or with a spouse, and whose monthly income is between $2,022 and a maximum of $3,635. The CKF grants are also intended to support women undergoing breast cancer treatment who demonstrate financial need. CKF was founded in 2013 by the family of Cheryl Kay Stawovy, who passed away after battling breast cancer. The foundation seeks to honor Cheryl’s life and model the spirit of neighbor helping neighbor.

To learn more about Messiah Lifeways At Home and this new partnership, please call 790-8209.


Messiah Lifeaways Village Square Welcome Center

Messiah Lifeways® Opens State-of-the-Art Residential Living Welcome Center

Innovative concepts begin to take shape for Village Square

MECHANICSBURG, PA (July 14, 2015) – Messiah Lifeways® has moved its long-range strategic expansion plan from concept to reality with the opening of its new Welcome Center, designed to showcase the aesthetic of the future Village Square residences on the campus of Messiah Lifeways at Messiah Village.

“While this beautiful new Welcome Center is another significant milestone in our journey to offer inspired, purposeful choices to older adults, it also allows people to see more clearly what Village Square will be,” said Curt Stutzman, CEO of Messiah Lifeways. “Village Square is an integral piece of our overall expansion, but it is meant to work in concert with other pieces. Our mission calls us to responsibly enhance the lives of older adults with Christ-like love so we need to plan for the spectrum of care needs.”

Located on the campus of Messiah Lifeways at Messiah Village, the Welcome Center is home to artistic renderings, detailed floor plans, and an interactive scale model of Village Square – the innovative town village concept that will bring beautiful apartment homes and abundant lifestyle amenities to an established, picturesque campus in 2017.

The Welcome Center also serves as the office hub for Messiah Village’s knowledgeable team of residential living experts who are dedicated to helping older adults make important plans for the future.

“It is a joy to watch people review floor plans and then choose their perfect apartment,” said Donna Nilson, Director of Residential Living Counseling. “I have met so many people who want to secure their future plans by making a thoughtful move and this new Welcome Center offers more than a virtual experience, it truly does welcome them to Messiah Lifeways at Messiah Village.”

Nilson notes that 35 households have already made financial deposits and selected their Village Square apartment home.

Beyond private residences, Village Square will also house lively common spaces, public dining venues, and two popular community programs – the Pathways Institute for Lifelong Learning® and Messiah Lifeways Wellness. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Pathways Institute provides personal development, cultural excursions, and service opportunities for older adults in the Capital Region. The wellness center features a wide range of aquatic and fitness classes designed with older adults in mind; memberships are available to anyone age 55 and better.

Stutzman expects groundbreaking in fall 2015 and underscores that Village Square is part of a comprehensive 20-year plan to meet the changing needs of future generations of residents.

“Village Square is an integral piece of our overall expansion, but it is meant to work in concert with other pieces. This first phase of construction also includes building two new skilled nursing neighborhoods with private rooms and adding 26 large Enhanced Living/personal care apartments to meet the ever-changing demands of an aging population.”

Note: A new architectural rendering of the proposed Village Square is available upon request by contacting Karin Bisbee at 717.591.7201 or by emailing

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About Messiah Village

Messiah Lifeways® at Messiah Village is a continuing care retirement community with 700 residents. This senior living community, beautifully situated on 80 acres, offers residential living, personal care, and nursing care. For more information, visit


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. Messiah Lifeways, based in Mechanicsburg, is a non-profit sponsored by the Brethren in Christ Church. For more information, visit


Carlisle Adult Day Receives Generous Grant

Messiah Lifeways’ Carlisle Adult Day Center recently received a generous grant from the GB Stuart Charitable Foundation totaling $10,500. The gift was made to facilitate a number of physical improvements and upgrades to support the center’s mission of providing a nurturing and uplifting environment for older adults who are unable to safely stay home during the day. The Messiah Lifeways Adult Day program brings decades of experience to serve families and caregivers in two locations – the Mechanicsburg center is located on the campus of Messiah Lifeways at Messiah Village, while the Carlisle program is located onsite at the Carlisle Brethren in Christ Church on Walnut Bottom Road. Keith Falconer, executive director of the foundation, commented on the professionalism and kindness of the Adult Day staff and noted that “our community is very fortunate to have this resource dedicated to helping people and families who just need a little help along the way.” Megan Stedjan, Messiah Lifeways Director of Community Support Services, expressed deep gratitude for this gift. “We understand the challenges that caregivers face when a loved one requires additional support during the work week. Our team of nurses, therapeutic professionals, and activity programmers are committed to offering the very best experience through music, art, excursions, visits, gardening, fellowship, and more. A gift like this blesses our clients and our families as we are able to enhance our offerings and be more creative in our work.” Funds from this grant distribution have been used for a range of purchases including 2 iPads, 4 gliding rocking chairs, noise cancelling headphones, a new propane grill, 2 raised planting beds with wheels for easy gardening and much more. Clients will also enjoy some new leisure pursuits with a set of foam horseshoes, a picnic-style lawn toss game and a SuperPutt golfing game.

A Valuable New Website

A valuable new website,, was launched earlier this month during the Mennonite Health Assembly held in Cincinnati, Ohio. The website is intended to help faith-based organizations recruit and onboard new executives and board members, in addition to using its tools for retreats, planning, training, and workshop settings. The website highlights “leading with Anabaptist values” based on the 4Cs: Character, Collaboration, Culture and Change. President Curt Stutzman is featured on the Stories page and Vice President of Strategic Development & Marketing Kristen Heisey is featured in the Collaboration video. Please visit this new website when you have some time so you can read Curt’s story and watch Kristen’s interview.  Be on the lookout for some additional Messiah Lifeways team members and residents in the background of the video!


Everyone is a Potential Caregiver

Families Find Caregivers In Increasingly Short Supply

Article by: David LaMartina
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President Curt Stutzman is featured in this article below on changes to the aging landscape and looming shortage of caregivers.

As the popularity of professional long-term care services grows among seniors, so does the need for informal assistance from adult children and other family members. According to the Family Caregiver Alliance, 65.7 million Americans , which is 29 percent of the US adult population, are providing care to someone ill, disabled or aged, and 43.5 million of those caregivers are looking after someone 50 or older.

Further, recent AARP statistics show the relative number of available caregivers is dwindling, however. In 2010, there were more than seven potential caregivers for every person in the high-risk, 80-plus year age range. That ratio is projected to fall to as little as four to one in 2030 and three to one in 2050.

Why the sudden shortage? “More people are living longer, and not as many people are going to be in that care-giving age group,” said Curt Stutzman, CEO of Messiah Lifeways, a non-profit that provides a network of services for senior citizens. Pew Research Center statistics indicate that the 65-and-older population will grow from roughly 13 percent in 2010 to 18 percent by 2030, making it the largest and fastest-growing group of senior citizens in US history. “By 2015, the number of people over age 65 is going to be greater than those 15 and under, and that’s not going to change once it happens,” Stutzman added.

The growing senior population isn’t the only factor affecting the potential shortage, either. “Fewer family members are even able to care for their parents, and there’s a more transient population of caregiver age,” said Stutzman. With middle-aged adults working more to make ends meet – often far away from their elderly parents – many seniors won’t have the access to potential caregivers they once enjoyed.

One possible impact of the looming lack of caregivers is that more even more seniors will seek professional long-term care. However, they may do so later in life in attempts to save money and leave more assets to their heirs. “I think you’re going to see people coming more into professional settings, but they’re probably going to be coming in later than 15 years ago because they want to stay in their homes as long as possible,” said Stutzman. “From a financial perspective, they’re not wanting to spend down their dollars until they have to.”

Fortunately, options are expanding for retirees who can’t get care from family members and can’t afford traditional long-term care services. Through organizations such as Messiah, professionals and volunteers are providing adult day care, unskilled in-home care and other services which allow seniors to remain in their homes. And, for situations where family caregivers can’t provide around-the-clock assistance, day centers are springing up around the nation that offer meals and activities during working hours.

Some states are also piloting program that provide compensatory funds to family caregivers, though they’ve received little legislative acceptance and funding thus far. “The reality is that many caregivers are giving up working careers to provide care, and the funding just isn’t there to compensate them for that,” said Stutzman.

Ultimately, a combination of innovative services and careful financial planning will be necessary for most retirees to ensure they have access to needed assistance once their capabilities decline. “The costs of healthcare are and long-term care are certainly rising, and long-term care insurance will be almost a requirement in the near future,” said Stutzman. “Non-for-profits will also look for and recognize there are fewer and fewer people with the assets to provide for residential long-term care.”

For retirees and pre-retirees who might need long-term care, and who have limited access to family caregivers, Stutzman recommends planning and purchasing long-term care insurance policies as soon, while as healthy as possible, when rates are still affordable. Hybrid life insurance policies and plans that provide equal funds for facility-based and in-home care are ideal.

For clients who might become caregivers themselves, he advises they help their parents stay in their own homes as long as possible. “Younger retirees are trying to make their own ends meet, and that’s even more difficult when you have to take care of an older retiree,” he said. “Look at the options and services that be taken into the home and extend the period of time their parents can live on their own.”

Messiah Lifeways Upper Allen Fire Department Team Up To Offer Unique Training

Article written by: ANDREW CARR, THE SENTINEL

UPPER ALLEN TOWNSHIP — Messiah Lifeways in Upper Allen Township is teaming up with the township fire department for a pair of training drills in November and December, offering a unique opportunity for those firefighters. The drills, conducted at vacant cottages on Cherry Circle in the Messiah Lifeways campus, 100 Mt. Allen Drive, will help first responders train to fight fires if they were to occur in those buildings, as well as offer the chance to train in furnished buildings.

Training was conducted from 7 to 9 p.m. on Nov. 25, and will continue those same hours on Dec. 16. “What we are doing is working on doing some training for basic fire­fighting techniques that we would use on an everyday basis on home similar to what is there,” Upper Allen Fire Department Chief James Salter said. “This gives us an opportunity to train in houses that are still put together and have some items in them that make it a little bit of a challenge for us.” Salter said it is a rare opportunity for firefighters to get training like this. “They are giving us a rare opportunity and a unique opportunity that a lot of people don’t get and we cant thank them enough for doing that,” he said. “With the help of Messiah in giving us these homes, we are making this training as realistic as we possibly can.” Salter said some of the cottages used for the training still have furniture inside them, which simulates situations that firefighters would find going into a residential home during an incident.

“We very rarely get houses donated to us,” he said. “We were going over plans for the new building and they said these buildings were already empty and a little bell rang in my head that said, ‘we would love to use these if we could.’”
Kristen Heisey, vice president of strategic development and marketing for Messiah Lifeways, said the cottages sit on the site of the future home of Village Square, a town village concept featuring 80 apartment homes with underground parking and numerous
lifestyle amenities, including a wellness and enrichment center, spa and bistro open Messiah Lifeways residents and the public aged 55 or older.
“The township knew that we are planning to do that, so the Upper Allen Fire Department asked if they could possibly use some of our vacated cottages because we have been moving people out of these 16 cottages since last year, and now they are sitting vacant until we are ready to tear them down next year,” she said.

Heisey said Messiah Lifeways was more than willing to partner with the fire department, to help ensure training to keep both their campus, as well as the township community at large safe.

“It’s great for the entire community to have firefighters who are well trained, who have actually simulated what they do in a real life situation,” she said. “From time to time they are called here for emergency situations, so our community is definitely benefiting from this and the confidence level of the firefighters.”

Karin Bisbee, director of gift development and communications for Messiah Lifeways, said she witnessed the first round of training in November, and was glad the organization was able to partner with the fire department. “We have called them before whenever we have done a construction project, they came and did a walkthrough so they would be familiar with all the elevators and all the new spaces on campus and we are really looking forward to keeping up with them as we build this new
building, so they know where all the exits are and get familiar with it in the unfortunate case they ever need to come,” she said. “The best Christmas present you could give a firefighter is to let them practice in a real home, it just doesn’t really happen.”
Training drills will be imitating smoky conditions, cutting through interior walls and more in
an effort to simulate rescue techniques.
Monthly drills may continue beyond these two dates until the cottages are permanently removed in 2015, Bisbee said.

Messiah Lifeways Names Carolyn Burke to Chief Finance Post

Messiah Lifeways welcomes Carolyn N. Burke, RN, BSN, CPA as its new Chief Financial Officer.  Burke brings an outstanding blend of skills to this executive role as she spent 8 years as a registered nurse before pursuing her CPA.  Burke comes to Messiah Lifeways from Landis Communities in Lancaster where she spent 4 years as the CFO. Prior to that, Burke was a Director of Accounting and she served wide range of audit clients during her nine year tenure at the accounting firm Parente Randolph in Harrisburg. She holds degrees from Bloomsburg University & College Misericordia.

President & CEO Curt Stutzman affirms Burke’s unique set of skills, “I’m looking forward to Carolyn rounding out a highly functional executive team.  Her analytical and organizational skills will add tremendous benefit to Messiah Lifeways as we launch the first phase of Project Envision, our long-term strategic plan for the Messiah Village campus. Her experience as an RN as well as a CPA are a real bonus.”

Burke was drawn to Messiah Lifeways because of its “faith-based mission and core values” and because it’s “a known leader in the senior services industry.”  Burke said, “It’s an exciting time to be joining the team; it will be my privilege to serve.”

Messiah Lifeways operates a spectrum of services for 55+ adults in South Central Pennsylvania, including resident communities, enrichment opportunities and community support services created for those who choose to age in place. In its latest fiscal year, the various Messiah Lifeways programs served more than 2,400 older adults.

Burke lives in Mechanicsburg where she enjoys pilates, knitting, and rooting for the Hershey Bears. She attends St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.

Messiah Lifeways Plans Expansion Of Senior Living Community In Mechanicsburg

New long-range plan begins with town square addition to Messiah Village

MECHANICSBURG, PA (July 2, 2014) – Messiah Lifeways®, the faith-based non-profit that provides a network of services for adults aged
55 and better, plans to expand its continuing care retirement community, Messiah Lifeways at Messiah Village, in Mechanicsburg to meet the “changing needs of future generations and their families.”

In the first phase of “Project Envision,” a mission-driven strategic plan that looks ahead to 2035, Messiah Lifeways plans to build Village Square, an innovative town village concept featuring 80 spacious apartment homes with underground parking and numerous lifestyle amenities including a wellness and enrichment center, spa, and bistro open both to residents and the public aged “55 and better.”

The first phase of Project Envision will also include the addition of 26 new large apartments in the Enhanced Living/personal care neighborhoods and the addition of two new nursing neighborhoods that will yield a total of 64 highly sought-after private rooms. This expansion project is estimated at $73 million. Plans will be formally presented to the Upper Allen Township planning commission on July 28.

“Groundbreaking is planned for the fall of 2015 with completion of this first phase about a year later,” said Curt Stutzman, CEO of Messiah Lifeways. “We hope to welcome the first new residents to this zestful community in early 2017.”

“We believe that there are many ways to embrace the journey of growing older. Project Envision and all its strategic components are meant to change the conversation – and offer inspired, purposeful choices for many lifestyles. Whether you are aging in place in the community, visiting our wellness and enrichment programs, caring for a loved one, or dreaming of an active, independent lifestyle, Messiah Lifeways can meet your needs,” said Stutzman.

Additionally, Village Square will provide new modern facilities for the Pathways Institute for Lifelong Learning® and Messiah Lifeways Wellness. Founded in 2005, the Pathways Institute provides personal development, cultural excursions and service opportunities for older adults in the Capital Region. The wellness center features physical fitness and aquatics facilities for area residents.

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. A growing resident population prompted the development of Messiah Village in Mechanicsburg in 1978 with residential cottages, private

apartments, personal care residences for those who need assistance with daily activities, and skilled nursing residences.

Today, Messiah Lifeways continues to expand its mission to serve adults aged 55 and better through robust community services including adult day care centers, life coaching, home care, rehab, and a grassroots age-in-place membership program. Hundreds of the region’s 55 and better population connect with Messiah Lifeways’ programs and services. The organization served nearly 2,400 persons this year.

Stutzman said Village Square is at the hub of a 20-year plan to meet the changing needs of the future generations of residents and strengthen Messiah Lifeways’ sustainability for the future.

“Village Square aims to be more than just a beautiful home on a picturesque campus. It will be designed to blend into the existing residences and feature lively common spaces, convenient services and amenities that will promote a close-knit community for our residents to embrace life,” said Stutzman. “It will enable people to live the lifestyle they desire and pursue a life with purpose.”

Note: An architectural rendering of the proposed Village Square is available upon request by contacting Karin Bisbee at 717.591.7201 or by emailing

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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. Messiah Lifeways, based in Mechanicsburg, is a non-profit sponsored by the Brethren in Christ Church. For more information, visit