New Private Nursing Rooms Set to Open

The first phase of Project Envision is ready to be celebrated!
On Sunday, July 30, guests are invited to Messiah Village for self-guided tours of the brand-new Engle and Greenwood Nursing Neighborhoods. The open house will run from 2 pm – 5 pm. Each neighborhood will be home to 16 residents who will enjoy private suites with a personal bedroom and bathroom with shower. Each neighborhood boasts an open concept kitchen and a great room and living room with fireplaces and built-ins to provide plenty of bright, common space. The views from these new areas are spectacular!

The Engle Neighborhood is named in honor of former Messiah Village residents, the late Dr. Harold H. Engle and the late Miss Alma Engle. The siblings were both well-known medical professionals and their combined estate gifts were among the leading charitable gifts for this project. A special art commission by noted calligrapher Timothy Botts honoring the family and celebrating their naming gift will be unveiled at a private reception in late July.

Residents should begin moving into these private rooms in August. At this time, there are still a few private rooms available for qualified applicants. If you are interested in a loved one moving to one of these new nursing neighborhoods, please reach out to the Messiah Lifeways Welcome Center at 717.790.8201 or email

Fitch Ratings Affirms Messiah Lifeways as Stable through April 2018

In a press release dated April 5, Fitch Ratings affirmed the Messiah Lifeways ‘BBB-‘ rating on the following bonds issued on our behalf:
–$24,080,000 West Shore Area Authority Revenue Bonds (Messiah Village Project), Series A of 2015;

–$10,000,000 Cumberland County Municipal Authority Revenue Bonds (Messiah Village Project) Series A of 2008.

“This is great news,” stated CEO Curt Stutzman. “It’s good confirmation that we are remaining financially stable during the Project Envision expansion. I’m grateful for a solid team that manages our finances with great care.”

The bonds mentioned here are related to the first phase of Project Envision, a major Messiah Village campus expansion.  Construction on three separate sites is now over 60% complete with some spaces expected to open in late July or early August.  Village Square, the Hopewell personal care neighborhood, and the Engle and Greenwood private nursing neighborhoods are all expected to be fully operational by the fall of 2017.

To read the entire release, visit the Fitch Ratings website here.

Campus Expansion in the News

The campus expansion at Messiah Village made front-page news in the February 6 edition of The Sentinel. Reporter Phyllis Zimmerman interviewed VP Kristen Heisey and others to bring readers all the latest news from Project Envision. If you missed the Sentinel’s great coverage, catch up here. It’s estimated that the project is at nearly 60% completion. The Greenwood & Engle nursing neighborhoods could open  as early as August 2017.

Seniors Running to Keep Fit

Senior Games Exemplify Fitness & Friendship

Journalist Rachel Wolfgang wrote a beautiful feature on the 2016 Cumberland County Senior Games for the Sentinel. Read her article here and then visit our Messiah Lifeways Facebook page for additional photo albums. It was a great day for competition and camaraderie, proving once again that age is just a number! Special thanks to Deputy Secretary of Aging Terry Barley and Commissioner Jim Hertzler for joining in the festivities.


Terry Barley Champions of Better Health Award

Cumberland County Director Wins Award

Messiah Lifeways Community Support Services directors Megan Stedjan & Geli Losch nominated Terry Barley, Director of Aging & Community Services for Cumberland County, for a 2015 Champions of Better Health Award. On Monday, June 8 at a reception at Dickinson College, Barley was named the winner in his category, Professional of the Year. The Champions of Better Health Award is sponsored by Carlisle-area foundation, Partnership for Better Health. According to their website, the 2015 Champions for Better Health is intended to recognize distinguished community volunteers, health care providers, business leaders, philanthropists and youth whose work plays a vital role in advancing the health and wellness of our region. Barley, a long-time public servant and advocate, was nominated by Messiah Lifeways primarily because of his outstanding partnership with our 2 senior centers in Mechanicsburg and Shippensburg.

In her letter of support, Messiah Lifeways team member Geli Losch shared this thought, “He is clearly well respected among his colleagues at various other agencies as well as among those at the Pennsylvania Department of Aging. Many professionals seek has input. I’ve enjoyed hearing his creative solutions to significant budget changes when he’s had to cut costs while causing the least amount of disruption to his team and those neighbors they serve.”

Congratulations, Terry, and thanks to the team at Partnership for Better Health for helping our community be active and well!