News Releases

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.


Sensory Oasis Courtyard Unveiled at Luther Acres

The Friends of Luther Acres completed a two-year project providing residents of the Healthcare Center with a wonderful sensory garden. The Peacock Court Sensory Oasis Courtyard was dedicated on April 22, following the Annual Meeting of the Friends. Although there was a chill in the air, hearts were warmed as we prayed and sang the hymn “For the Beauty of the Earth.” Reverend Glenn Beard, Luthercare’s Director of Church Relations and Pastoral Care, led the brief service, and Grady Daub played the keyboard, bringing to fruition a project which means so much to many people.


Luther Acres Resident Proud to Serve as Grand Marshal of 26th Lititz Lions Club Parade

Volunteerism and patriotism go handin-hand for Luther Acres resident Polly Eshelman. The 94-year-old’s servicecentered mindset and kind-hearted spirit are just a few of the reasons she was selected to serve as the Grand Marshal for the 26th Lititz Lions Club Patriotic Parade.

On July 3, Polly sat in the front of a shiny red Mustang as she waved to the residents of the town she has been active in for more than 60 years.


Annual Strawberry Festival to be Held at Luther Acres

The Annual Strawberry Festival is scheduled for Saturday, June 10, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Luther Acres, the Luthercare community at 600 East Main Street, Lititz. Strawberries, ice cream and shortcakes will be $4.00 each, and hot dogs, chips and drinks will be $3.00. The Strawberry Festival will be held on the lawn in front of the Luther Acres Healthcare Center, rain or shine.