News Releases

Your Neighborhood Connection names Executive Director

Your Neighborhood Connection is pleased to announce that Leanne Kiralfy has been named Executive Director of the organization, an in-home services and licensed home care agency operated jointly by Luthercare and Moravian Manor and launched in March 2016. She began her duties on Oct. 30.

Leanne brings to the partnership more than 20 years’ experience working in long-term care, most recently as the Personal Care Home Administrator at Moravian Manor in Lititz. Leanne has served as a board member of Your Neighborhood Connection and is looking forward to her new role.


Support Luthercare for Kids during the Extraordinary Give

On Friday, November 17, please consider supporting Luthercare for Kids and its involvement with Systems Aligned in Learning (SAIL) during the Extraordinary Give, Lancaster County’s Largest Day of Giving. Any donation made online at on that day will be stretched by at least a half million dollars in stretch pool and prizes from the Lancaster County Community Foundation and sponsors.


Introducing the New Luthercare for Kids Website

Luthercare is excited to announce the launch of a new website for Luthercare for Kids! You can find it at

The goal of the new website is to provide an engaging and easy-to-navigate site that gives visitors the ability to learn about each of our five Luthercare for Kids Early Centers individually, as well as a broader look at the important mentoring and training work done by Luthercare for Kids. 


Residents plan for Annual Holiday Bazaar at Luther Acres

Residents of Luther Acres, the Luthercare community in Lititz, have been working for months to prepare items for the upcoming Annual Holiday Bazaar. This year, the event will be held on Friday, November 17, and Saturday, November 18. The doors of the Community Room, in the Towne Center at 250 St. Luke Drive, Lititz, will open on Friday evening at 5:00 p.m. and close at 8:00 p.m. On Saturday, sales will begin at 8:00 a.m. and end at 2:00 p.m.


Open House Planned for Luthercare for Kids – Annville

Luthercare for Kids – Annville, 40 S. King St., Annville, will open its doors to the community beginning at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18. During the open house, come learn more about the Early Learning Center’s programs and see for yourself what your child would experience. Meet the teachers and staff, tour classrooms, view curriculum and ask questions! There will be activities for all ages and light refreshments. We look forward to meeting you!


Luthercare Announces Promotions Supporting Community Outreach and Luthercare for Kids

Luthercare is pleased to announce two key promotions within the organization.

Lorita Valente, Luthercare’s Director of Child Care Information Services (CCIS) of Lebanon County, has been named Executive Director of Community Programs, and Jamie Reichenbach, Coordinator of Mentoring Services for Luthercare for Kids, has been named Director of Early Learning for Luthercare for Kids. Ms. Valente and Ms. Reichenbach began their duties on August 20.


Lower Susquehanna Synod Disaster Response Network Prepares for Long-Term Recovery Work in Texas, Florida

The devastation from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are still on everyone’s mind, but long after the storm passes and the headlines change, Lutheran Disaster Response volunteers will arrive with a focus on long-term recovery.

In just a few weeks, the local Lutheran Disaster Response affiliate – the Lower Susquehanna Synod Lutheran Disaster Response Task Force – will coordinate one final disaster response trip to New Jersey, five years after Super Storm Sandy ravaged the East Coast. Then, they’ll turn their sights toward providing on-going assistance to the south.


Discover the Heart of Luthercare

Here at Luthercare, our mission is to support the youngest and the oldest throughout Lancaster and Lebanon counties. With compassion, teamwork, integrity, connection and learning, we work to provide the highest quality of care to those we serve. Our senior living communities and child care centers have been recognized nationally, but what truly sets us apart are the individuals who make up the Luthercare family. Here are just a few examples of Luthercare family members who make our senior living communities and early learning centers very special places.


Matthew C. Oathout Named Senior Vice President - Operations

Luthercare is pleased to announce Matthew C. Oathout as Senior Vice President – Operations.

Matt has been with Luthercare for six years and has demonstrated exceptional leadership capabilities, insight and strategic perspective. He began his new role earlier this year and his responsibility is to ensure that organizational operations, clinical oversight and marketing are aligned for the long-term viability and success of the organization.


Lorita Valente, CCIS of Lebanon Director, Honored

Congratulations to Lorita Valente, Luthercare’s Child Care Information Services of Lebanon Director, as she was recently named the 2017 General Frank Smoker Beyond the Call Award winner by the Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Lorita, who has been serving youths and families in Lebanon County for almost two decades, was honored for her tireless and dedicated service to active duty military members and their families through PA CARES and Operation: Military Kids PA.