Community Support Through Fellowship: Luthercare in the 1980s

Through the 1980s Luthercare continued our mission of service with several improvements and expansions at our senior living communities, and through the introduction of childcare services.
In 1980 residents gained new options for independent living at Luther Acres – A Luthercare Community with the completion of the cottage program in 1980.  A total of 81 cottage units were built, adding greatly to the size and capacity of the campus. All units were occupied or reserved at the time of completion.  In the same year, worship services in Lititz were made more joyous with the generous donation of an 1867 Hook Organ from Henry Fitzkee in memory of his late wife, Pearl. The addition of the instrument changed the atmosphere of the chapel, making it into one of the most popular spots in the entire community, and allowing residents to “live life as if it were a melody to the Lord.”
Spang Crest – A Luthercare Community also enjoyed great improvements following building renovations in 1985, which were made possible thanks to the support of local congregations and generous individuals. Renovations included an addition to the south side which added a new chapel, spaces for activities, a second elevator, and solariums on all floors. This greatly increased the quality of life for residents, who were especially excited about the addition of the chapel.  Previously, worship services were held in the dining room, but after its well-attended dedication on April 20 1986, the chapel would serve as a center of the community. Furnishings inside the chapel included Stained glass was made by the Franklin Weidman Stained-Glass Windows, and refurbished altar pieces that were originally used in the former Zion Lutheran Church in Lancaster.
Lastly, Luthercare began serving a greater swath of the community with the introduction of the Lebanon family daycare program in 1979. Much like our childcare centers today, the program provided care to children in low-income households from infancy to 12 years.  During the first year alone, 150 children were provided with quality care that included age-appropriate activities, nutritionally complete meals and snacks, and education focused on developing healthy habits.
In 1980 the work of supporting children in Lancaster county was expanded upon with the opening ofThe Emergency Shelter for Children and Youth in Willow Street. The impetus for the shelter came from a Lutheran congregation who needed assistance helping runaway children. During the first five years of operation the shelter would provide temporary housing for over 490 youths between the ages of 11-17.  The shelter provided a necessary and positive service that brought safety, structure, and hope to kids facing difficulties within the community.
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