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Catch up on the latest news at PPH.


• PPH fosters intergenerational connection with Kindergarten students • Flag Day, Pride Month and Juneteenth celebrations • CNA recognized as Guardian Angel • 40 years of Kathy Nucero  

June 2024 REACH

In this issue: • Love your brain by treating it to exercise, cognitive stimulation • Showing appreciation and gratitude for health care workers • Making connections through LeadingAge PA • PPH Choir springs into song


• Take a stroll through PPH's outdoor oasis • Celebrating our centenarians • Community helping community • Longtime Pathways employees advance to NHA, DON • PPH welcomes (back) new Social Services team member Employee Recognition,

PPH celebrates its centenarians

PPH's held its annual Centenarian Luncheon on April 9, the 100th day of the year! Click below for a compilation that features news coverage from CBS3, 6ABC, and a special slideshow we put together featuring


Check out the April issue of our monthly newsletter, REACH! In this issue, you'll find:   • The secrets to 100 - the stories of two centenarians and their friendship • Celebrating the women of


• New Chaplains bring purpose and encouragement to PPH • Viva the PPH women • Sock and clothing donations • New Guardian Angel • Sweets and healthy treats • 'African American History IS American History'

February REACH

Check out the February 2024 issue of REACH: In this issue: • PPH celebrates MLK Day, plans Black History Month events • PPH welcomes Interim President & CEO, bids farewell to outgoing CEO • Residents

January 2024 REACH

• PPH choir brings the gift of song to the community • New CFO • John Dubyk's farewell • Holidays at PPH • Volunteer of the Year does it all News briefs, Employee of the

PPH welcomes new CFO/VP of Finance

PPH welcomed Justin Stolte to the Finance department as Chief Financial Officer/Vice President of Finance at the end of November. Justin’s career includes 26 years as a financial professional after most recently spending 22 years

December 2023 REACH

Check out the December 2023 issue of REACH! In this issue: Founders' Day celebrates PPH, honors residents and staff • PPH walks for Alzheimer's • Schea Scholarship recipients • New PPH staff and much

PPH welcomes new Director of Donor Development

In early November, PPH warmly welcomed Marianna Calabrese to the Development Department as Director of Donor Development. Marianna, having served in health care for over 30 years in community health, engagement, and outreach has worked

PPH celebrates Shannon Grieb’s graduation

Shannon Grieb, PPH Vice President of Marketing & Communications PPH’s latest LeadingAge PA Fellows in Leadership graduate is Shannon Grieb, VP of Marketing & Communications. Shannon joins Fellows alumni, John Dubyk, President & CEO, Daphne

Daniel’s Autism Journey

Daniel Ortiz, PPH Communications Specialist Every April, we celebrate Autism Awareness Month to increase the understanding and acceptance of autism. Also known as Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), it involves a broad range of challenges with

Jennifer Honeyford celebrates 25 years at PPH!

PPH celebrates Vice President of Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation, Jennifer Honeyford’s 25 years of service. Jennifer’s favorite part about working at PPH is being a part of the “family” of supportive staff and residents. Jennifer

Meet the Medical Team

PPH is excited to announce new medical team members for our independent living and personal care residents, consisting of Certified Nurse Practitioner, Natalie Mills, Nurse Practitioner Joel Tumberello and Dr. Charles Wasserman, who has been

September 2022 REACH

We hope you enjoy reading the September 2022 edition of REACH!

PPH welcomes new Chaplain

PPH welcomed another spiritual companion, Linda Lewis, who is the new PPH chaplain. Linda has over 30 plus years in education, as she worked with not only children, but also staff members too. She worked

PPH welcomes new Pastor

PPH welcomed the Reverend Peter Ahn as the new PPH pastor in July. He succeeds the Reverend Dr. Jack Price, commonly known as Pastor Jack, who retired in June 2022. In addition to working at

PPH Welcomes New Medical Director

PPH is excited to announce that Dr. Larry Spector has joined the PPH family as Medical Director. Dr. Spector attended Abington High School and the University of Delaware. Dr. Spector graduated from the Philadelphia College

PPH offers Schea scholarship to employees

PPH is proud to offer the annual Schea Scholarship for Healthcare Education which can range from $500 to $3,000 to eligible employees. A one-page application with a brief essay is due to the Human Resources

May 2022 REACH

We hope you enjoy our monthly newsletter!  

December REACH

In this issue of REACH, PPH's monthly newsletter: • PPH honors veterans' 'service before self' • Resident celebrates 102 • Planned Power Outage Day photo • PPH residents band together to feed hungry neighbors •

November REACH

• PPH Auxiliary continues tradition of service and spirit • Active Aging Week keeps PPH residents on their toes • The PPH Founders’ Appeal for Benevolent Care • Security officer, two social workers recognized as

PPH REACH newsletter October 2021 • Honoring those who serve & sacrifice • Resident finds confidence in wreath-crafting WiSE class • Sunshine Music Memories (WBCB) returns • Auxiliary shows appreciation to vaccinated staff members • Guardian Angel recognized for compassion, thoughtfulness

September 2021 REACH

Be sure to check out the September issue of REACH, PPH’s monthly newslettter – Sept 2021 In this issue of REACH, PPH’s monthly newsletter: • New medical director looks forward to new opportunities • The ‘Greening’

2020 Annual Report

Connection Crisis: 2020 was a year in which we were all barraged with words, images, and experiences that rocked us to our core. Unprecedented. Pandemic. Isolation. Together, we focused on turning the negativity around, making

August, September and October 2021 REACH

Be sure to check out the October 2021 issue of PPH's monthly newsletter, REACH • Honoring those who serve & sacrifice • Resident finds confidence in wreath-crafting WiSE class • Sunshine Music Memories (WBCB) returns


Click here or below to check out the July issue of REACH


Click here to check out the June issue of REACH, or view our flipbook below. In this issue, you'll find: • PPH celebrates its centenarians • PPH Garden Club teams up with NORC • Employee


Click here to view the May issue of REACH, or view the flipbook below. In this issue: Hope and optimism emerge as PPH finds a 'new norm' Staff puts on an entertaining show for volunteers

Mother’s Day 2021

We’re planning a special surprise this Mother's Day (May 9) for our resident moms and need your help. Fill out the boxes below with a personal message to your loved one. The first section is

April 2021 REACH

Click below to view the April 2021 issue of PPH's newsletter, REACH Reach newsletter April 2021 In this issue: • PPH Celebrates its Medical Mission Sisters • Resident turns 104! • Earth Day editorials from

Letters for Easter and Passover

We’re planning a special surprise this Easter and Passover for our residents and need your help. Fill out the boxes below with a personal message to your loved one. The first section is for Independent Living residents,

March 2021 REACH

Click HERE or below to view the March 2021 issue of REACH. In this issue: • Bringing PPH to your living room • PPH Goes Red • Centenarian crushes COVID • Two PPH residents hit

February REACH

Click below to view the February issue of Reach In this issue you'll find: 'Day of hope' as PPH takes step to crush COVID-19 Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service They Who Serve Us

Valentine’s Day

We’re planning a special surprise this Valentine's Day for our residents and need your help. Fill out the boxes below with a personal message to your loved one. The first section is for Independent Living

PPH receives the COVID-19 vaccine (with video)

The Philadelphia Protestant Home held its first COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Wednesday, Jan. 6. Many PPH staff members, Nursing and Personal Care residents received their first dose of the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine. “It was a

January 2021 REACH

Click here to view the January REACH. In this month's issue, you'll find: * PPH brings Founders' Day to residents' homes' * Behind the front desk * PPH's newest centenarian * Secret Santa in Pathways * Lawndale Manor Holiday

Holiday Greetings

We're planning a special surprise this holiday season for our residents and need your help. Fill out the box below with a personal message to your loved one. We will transfer your response to a

December 2020 REACH

Click here or below to view the December 2020 REACH. In this month's issue, you'll find: * Reflections on 'The Most Wonderful Time of the Year' * PPH's 20-Year Club adds new members * PPH's newest centenarian *

Thanksgiving at PPH

We're planning a special surprise this Thanksgiving for our residents and need your help. Fill out the box below with a personal message to your loved one. Don't forget to leave their name, as well

November REACH

Click here to view the November REACH, or view a flipbook copy below! In this month's issue, you'll find: • Strengthening Connections Campaign for Campus-Wide Wi-Fi • New Executive Chef has big plans • Guardian

October REACH

Click HERE to view the October issue of REACH. What you'll find in this month's issue: • New Nursing Home Administrator 'grew up' at PPH • Strengthening Connections • Jean Gibson — Board member, donor,

2019 Annual Report – Care for the Future

Enjoy PPH's 2019 Annual Report — Family Means Care For The Future — which explores the programs, services, and milestone achievements & accomplishments all possible because of YOU – our PPH Family. Annual Report

September REACH

Click here to view the September issue of our monthly newsletter, REACH! In this month's issue, you'll find: • There's no place like (The Philadelphia Protestant) Home - residents who worked (or still work) for

August REACH

Click here to view August's REACH newsletter: *National Senior Citizen's Day * Profile on PPH chef John Hunt * PPH Rocks! * Honoring Anthony Manzo * PPE donated to PPH Employee and Volunteer of the

July’s REACH newsletter

Click here to check out our July issue of REACH. * Anthony Manzo remembers the good times * The 'swimming flowers' of PPH's ponds * Father's Day at PPH * Juneteenth - Action For Racial Equality * Residents show gratitude, appreciation

June REACH newsletter

Check out our June issue of REACH: June2020 PPH announces new President & CEO Auxiliary boosts morale with gifts to residents and staff Wellness Team brings classes outdoors, continues in-house videos Alpha Manor resident recalls

PPH Announces New CEO

The Philadelphia Protestant Home (PPH) Board of Directors has selected John J. Dubyk as the new President and CEO, effective July 1, 2020. John will take the reins from current President and CEO, Anthony Manzo


Check out our May issue of REACH: May2020REACH PPH adjusts, finds optimism amidst uncertainty PPH TV keeps residents active, entertained and informed Two Pathways couples celebrate wedding anniversaries Wellness Team finds new participants despite social


Check out our April issue of REACH, which includes a story on our Volunteer program, our Hot Topics group, a 100th birthday celebration, updates on postponements and cancellations and more! April2020REACH

Free Activity Ideas

Here at PPH, we understand that many of our residents and friends in the greater community may be in search of free activities to help pass the time while we're all practicing safe social distancing

February REACH

Click below to view the February issue of our monthly newsletter, REACH! February2020 In this issue: Shuffleboard — a PPH favorite What's happening at PPH for Black History Month and Heart Health Awareness Month Hanukkah

2018 PPH Annual Report – Our Journey With You

Thinking back over the last 20 years, so much has changed. Cell phones have replaced pagers, fashion trends have evolved, and medical technology has advanced at breakneck speeds. While time has certainly changed, our steadfast

PPH 20-Day Sugar-Free Detox Challenge

Throughout the month of March, PPH celebrated National Nutrition Month. The Wellness and Health departments hosted "Smoothie Fridays" every Friday in March to encourage staff and residents to get their five portions of fruit and

Why we moved to PPH

Let’s be honest. Moving to a senior living community is not easy. Our residents each have a different reason why they moved but all came to the same place. At PPH we thrive on ensuring

Healthy for Your Heart Fall Recipes

As the cooler weather begins to settle in here in Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Protestant Home wants to make sure that our community members – and their loved ones – are eating well. We believe that

A Guide to Philadelphia’s Historical Sites

Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love and the Birthplace of the United State of America. For people who are fans of history, Philadelphia’s Historic District offers a unique opportunity to walk through the city’s famed

Pathways: Great Then, Better Now

Last week, the nation celebrated Nurses Week. The profession pioneered by the likes of Clara Barton and Florence Nightingale, has led to one of the most crucial roles in healthcare today. While the need for

Selecting a Nursing Home After Rehab

After a serious medical event that requires not only hospitalization, but also rehabilitation services, you need to choose post-rehabilitation placement carefully. Although seniors may want to return to their homes right away, this may not

Celebrating National Nutrition Month at PPH

March is National Nutrition Month Simple swaps to jumpstart healthier choices In March, we celebrate National Nutrition Month, a month-long campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to promote the importance of making

Bowling Tips for Seniors

Senior bowlers can remain competitive as they age. Despite reduction in mobility and flexibility, you can still have a lot of fun bowling. The most important thing to do when you bowl is to listen

Celebrating Love and Each Other at PPH

  February is a great month to reflect on the love in our lives – and not just because of the candy-coated, heart-shaped Hallmark holiday that falls in the middle of the month. In fact,

Winter Pool Exercises for Seniors

Staying active throughout the winter months is a crucial part of your well-being. Exercising is not only ideal for weight control, but also increases flexibility and mobility. During the winter, you could hop in an

Meant to Be: Jean’s PPH Story

PPH resident Jean Holland sits in the living room of her two-bedroom apartment that overlooks the community's new ACE Center & Gardens Jean Holland is a new PPH resident. The semi-retired Registered Nurse,

A Bright New Year at PPH!

2017 Year-in-Review: The new Pathways Lobby, refreshed PPH entryway, PPH Leaders at the ACE Center & Gardens Grand Opening, the new onsite pharmacy The new year is a great time to make plans

Caring for the Caregiver: Avoiding Burnout

A PPH Social Worker offers tips to identify and alleviate caregiver stress during National Family Caregivers Month and throughout the year More than 65.7 million caregivers – nearly 29 percent of the U.S. adult population

Medicare, Medicaid, & Insurance 101

Understanding your insurance options is important at any age, but takes on a special importance as we age. As we get closer to the age of 65, our insurance options drastically change. Before you get

Providence at PPH: Pastor Ken’s Giving Story

Pastor Ken Smith moved into his spacious two-bedroom apartment in August 2016 after a yearlong search for the right community. A native Philadelphian, the Lawndale Building resident, 80, grew up in the Tacony and Mayfair

Father’s Day

The first Father’s Day was established in 1910 in Spokane, WA. Sonora Dodd wanted to celebrate her father, William Jackson Smart, a civil war veteran and single father. William raised six children on his own.

Welcome, Summer!

What event marks the beginning of summer for you? As children, often it was the last day of school. As adults, wearing shorts outside for the first time, or perhaps a BBQ over Memorial Day

American Heart Month

PPh staff and residents on National Wear Red Day, February 3rd. February is universally recognized as the month of love. Thanks to the American Heart Association (AHA) it also is celebrated as American

ACE Center Coming Soon

Thanks to some mild weather and diligent work from our partners at Lolli Architects and C. Erickson and Sons, there have been tremendous strides in the construction of The Arts, Culture and Education (ACE) Center!

Diverse & United Founders’ Day

THE PHILADELPHIA PROTESTANT HOME CELEBRATES DIVERSE & UNITED FOUNDERS’ DAY Celebrating the mission, vision, and commitment to Family Recognizing long-term Residents and Honoring  100-plus-year-old Residents and Residents-of-the Year for Independent Living, Personal Care, and Skilled

PPh celebrates Diverse & United Founders’ Day

Celebrating the mission, vision, and commitment to Family Recognizing long-term Residents and Honoring  100-plus-year-old Residents and Residents-of-the Year for Independent Living, Personal Care, and Skilled Nursing On Tuesday, November 15, in PPh Social Hall, PPh

One touch at a time

Harvard professor and famed editor of the Harvard Business Review, Theodore Levitt, once said, “Creativity is thinking up new things; Innovation is DOING new things.” The recreational therapy team at PPh has been doing something

Wednesdays at PPh

If you've ever visited us on a Wednesday, then you know about the memorable music medleys playing from our lobby. Courtesy of WBCB 1490AM's Sunshine Memories with Gaet Martini, Smilin' Lou Powers and Chris Ermer,

ACE Center breaks ground

Ground has broken on the site of PPh's new Arts, Culture, Education (ACE) Center. The dog days of summer are officially upon us, and the look ahead to fall has begun. Along with different color

Havana Nights!

Part of the PPh way is celebrating the diversity that makes our family unique. The celebration will continue on September 30 at Havana Nights, the 11th annual Gala presented by Select Rehabilitation & Temple Health

Honoring PPh family members

In true family first fashion, PPh honored those employees who have been with the organization for 5, 10, or 15 years with a celebratory years of service luncheon.The day is meant to show gratitude for

July 4th Lawncrest Parade

If you plan to be in the Lawncrest area of the city this weekend, join us for the Lawncrest 4th of July Parade, hosted by the Lawncrest Community Association. The day will be full of

Summer at PPh

What event perennially marks the first day of summer for you? As children, it was often the last day of school. As adults, it can be something simple like wearing shorts outside for the first

Saturday tours available!

  Want to come for a tour?  We are available during the weekdays 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturdays between 10 a.m.-2 p.m. We have affordable apartments and great amenities. Call us at 215-697-8086 and pick

Prayer Breakfast: Fellowship, Food and Faith

The Philadelphia Protestant Home has a monthly prayer breakfast from August through May of each year.  The prayer breakfast is a time for fellowship among friends and neighbors, and each one features a different guest

The Holiday Season

The residents and friends of The Philadelphia Protestant Home will have an overflow of festivities to participate in during this holiday season. The City of Philadelphia has long been an ideal setting for the holiday

Respite Care

A Welcome Reprieve Respite Care offers short-term stays in our personal care area. Families and caretakers can be assured that their loved one is being cared for by our friendly, certified staff while they are

Was the Pope at PPh last weekend?

Yes the pope did stop by! (By yes we mean no, and by pope we mean cardboard cut-out). Some of our residents and staff got the opportunity to pose with him and write prayers and

Great White Oak Tree Planting Dedication Ceremony

By Deanna Keough, PPh Blog Contributor A tree planting dedication was held on June 24th to commemorate The Philadelphia Protestant Home’s Quasquicentennial. A White Oak, chosen for its distinguishing traits, is symbolic to the Home’s

Summertime at the Shore

Submitted by Lisa Burke, Director of Dining Services and Meals on Wheels Memorial Day kicked off the summer season at the Jersey Shore. For many families in the surrounding areas, heading to the shore is a long time

Updates in Pathways

Submitted by Eileen Bratton, RN,C PPh Senior Director, Skilled Nursing and Infection Control May was a very busy month in PPh, we celebrated our Nursing staff with a delicious luncheon. We also remembered our residents

Memorial Day Flag Raising Ceremony

Bill Conaway, Director of Community Relations, and coordinator of the PPh Veterans Program, emceed the Memorial Day flag raising ceremony - a tradition that has taken place for years here at PPh. Bill welcomed those

Memorial Service Cancelled

The Memorial Service scheduled for Tuesday afternoon, January 27, to remember those at PPh who died in the fourth quarter of 2014, is being postponed. We will let you know the rescheduled date as soon

Prayer for the New Year

We thank you God for the year past its joys and sorrows achievements and failures growth and loss. We offer you all we have done and all we’ve left undone who we have become and

Staying in shape as you age

As we age, it becomes more and more important that we continue to set fitness goals and maintain our physical health. Lifestyle and nutrition choices really affect our bodies as a whole. Physically fit seniors

State Senator Kitchen Spreads the Love at PPh

Third District State Senator Shirley Kitchen hosted a Valentine’s Day luncheon for 125 community seniors on February 14 at PPh.  The event was co-sponsored by NewCourtland, Bravo Health, and The Philadelphia Protestant Home. Over a light lunch, Senator Kitchen

PPh Veterans Group Marks Pearl Harbor Day

The Philadelphia Protestant Home Veterans Group marked Pearl Harbor Day with a ceremony on December 7, which culminated in the raising and lowering of the American flag to half mast.  Security Officer Reginald Davis assists

Maria Gil: The Survivor

Maria Gil shared her remarkable story at PPh's Founders' Day on November 20, 2012. Maria Gil is a survivor. She was born August 12, 1923, in Ukraine to Eudokia and Konstantin Ripka.  Her parents were poor

Ruth Freestone: Cycling Pioneer

The following is Ruth Freestone's story, which was shared during PPh's Founders' Day on November 20, 2012. Ruth was born at home on December 2, 1918, to Ernest and Elsie Greiner.  They called her their “war

Everybody Has a Story: Orlando Alvarez

PPh is blessed with residents who have lived remarkable lives.  On November 20, at Founders Day, we featured the stories of three residents.  Below is the life story of Orlando Alvarez Orlando Alvarez was born in

Gala Guests Spend “Midnight at the Oasis”

On October 5, Cannstatter Volksfest Verein was transformed into a desert fantasy land for PPh's "Midnight at the Oasis" Gala.  In its seventh year, the gala raises money for PPh's Benevolent Care Fund. The evening began with

Employee Losing Streak Celebrated

Fifty PPh employees are not ashamed to be called real light weights! Since October 2011, they have shed almost 600 pounds through Weight Watchers, which meets every Thursday at noon in 13-week sessions. “This is

PPh’s New Website is Live!

Notice something different? The Philadelphia Protestant Home's newly re-designed website is now easier to use and mobile friendly! Come back soon to hear more about recent happenings at PPh.

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