For more than six years, the Community Support Services team has been collaborating with vendors, community partners, committed stakeholders, and friends to bring a thriving, fulfilling village-to-village model to Central Pennsylvania. Connections is a grassroots, neighbor helping neighbor program. Over the years, we’ve heard great stories of new friendships, creative solutions, common bonds, and shared interests. For some members, Connections has decreased loneliness and opened up new windows of opportunity to serve, and to serve alongside others.
Unfortunately, Connections has not achieved the fullness of service impact that had been originally envisioned. Despite our continued efforts through marketing, storytelling, advertising, and personal sharing, we’ve not seen membership increase.
As a non-profit organization which was formed in 1896, Messiah Lifeways is wholly committed to serving older adults and their families in a variety of ways. Realizing that no two life journeys are the same, we offer a spectrum of services to meet a wide range of needs. While many of our community based programs, like Adult Day centers and Messiah Lifeways At Home are flourishing, Connections, however, is a program we must now discontinue.
This decision has not been an easy one. In order to fulfill our mission and be good stewards of our organizational resources, we will no longer support Connections memberships. While this program will conclude as of January 31, 2019, it is our sincere hope that the relationships formed through this program will continue.
If you have any questions, please contact Karl Brummer or Christina Weber by calling 717.697.4666.