LEBANON, Pa. – Albright Care Services celebrated its centennial anniversary on Oct. 19 at Albright LIFE (Living Independently for Elders) Lebanon, an adult care center located at 113 S. Ninth Street.
Opening in 1916 as the United Evangelical Home, Albright Care Services has been serving seniors in Central Pa. for 100 years. Albright most recently celebrated its centennial at Albright LIFE Lebanon, one of Albright’s six sites. Albright LIFE Lebanon offers seniors with assistance needed to continue living at home through transportation to its center where caregiving, healthcare services, hot meals and recreational activities are provided.
John McDonough, associate director of LIFE programs and operations, began the program by thanking community members for making the 2011 opening of Albright LIFE Lebanon possible and in turn providing seniors with continued independence. Representatives from the Lebanon Area Agency on Aging, Community Homes of Lebanon, Inc. and HACC, Lebanon Campus were present and acknowledged for supporting LIFE Lebanon.
Sherry Capello, mayor of the city of Lebanon, spoke about Albright LIFE Lebanon strengthening the community by increasing property value in the downtown, state and local revenue and employment opportunities. Capello said the LIFE program costs 20-25 percent less for the state and participants than traditional care.
“Albright LIFE Lebanon is an extremely good fit for Lebanon City,” Mayor Capello said, while presenting a certificate to McDonough in recognition of LIFE Lebanon’s contributions to the city.
Rep. Russ Diamond (R-102) was represented by his staff member, Jill Weister, who also presented a certificate to LIFE Lebanon for service to the community.
Shaun Smith, chief executive officer of Albright Care Services, discussed opening the LIFE Lebanon center with his predecessor, Rev. Seneca Foote. The LIFE Lebanon center was dedicated in honor of Foote championing the LIFE program model and introducing Albright Care Services to the Lebanon area. Foote had also been instrumental in opening Albright LIFE Lancaster and Albright LIFE Lycoming in Williamsport.
Patricia Miller and Margaret Smith were acknowledged as charter participants in the program. Charter staff members recognized were Lori Brandt, Peggy Spellman, Annette Gruber, Marisa Gawrys, Lori Boehmer and Mary Berzansky. Blues guitarist Luther Tyree provided entertainment and a history talk was presented by Warren Parks of the Lebanon Historical Society.
Albright Care Services recently celebrated its centennial anniversary at Albright LIFE Lebanon, an adult care center located at 113 S. Ninth Street. A program celebrated Albright’s 100 years of service in the region and its dedication in honor of Rev. Seneca Foote, retired chief executive officer of Albright who championed LIFE Lebanon. Community partners and staff were thanked for making LIFE Lancaster’s 2011 opening possible. Pictured front row, from left, are Jo Ellen Litz, county commissioner for Lebanon County; Seneca Foote; John McDonough, associate director of LIFE programs and operations; Sherry Capello, mayor of Lebanon and Jill Weister, office of Rep. Russ Diamond (R-102).