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Founders’ Day: Press Release

Posted on: Nov 16, 2015

THE PHILADELPHIA PROTESTANT HOME CELEBRATES FOUNDERS’ DAY
Celebrating 125th Anniversary and Unveiling of Historical Timeline
PPh Auxiliary Annual Gift Presentation
Recognizing Long-term Employees and Residents and Honoring Six 100-plus-year-old Residents

(Philadelphia, PA – November 16, 2015) – The Philadelphia Protestant Home (PPh) announced that it is culminating its year-long 125th Anniversary Celebration during Founders’ Day at 3 p.m. Tuesday, November 17, in the PPh Social Hall. The PPh Board, administration, staff and residents will take part in unveiling an historical timeline mural to be permanently displayed in the main lobby. PPh also will receive a generous $125,000 matching gift from The Arcadia Foundation. In addition, PPh will receive a proclamation from the Office of City Councilwoman Marion Tasco. As part of its tradition on annual Founders’ Day, PPh will recognize long-term employees and 13 residents who have lived at the senior living community for 20+ years. PPh will honor six residents who are 100-years-old or older, along with announcing residents-of-the-year distinctions for Independently Living, Personal Care and Pathways long-term care.

“Telling the story of The Philadelphia Protestant Home’s 125-year history is by far the best part of my job,” said Anthony Manzo, President and CEO of PPh. “I get to share with our residents, their families, staff, Board members, civic groups, volunteers and the local community the tale of how, in 1889, a group of people saw an urgent need to care for seniors in the community and stepped up to meet it. Our dedication to this mission grows stronger with each passing year, and the story has developed into something much greater than even our founders could have imagined,” he said.

PPh’s storied history is captured and displayed on a large timeline with photographs and highlights over the last 125 years, which will be unveiled during the Founders’ Day ceremony. PPh traces its origin back to a conference of German Protestant ministers of Philadelphia in 1889 in a YMCA hall. A group of visionary leaders considered at the conference how to organize a home for the elderly and needy. Today, PPh is home to 600 residents in independently living, personal care, health care and rehabilitation, and Alzehimer’s Disease/dementia care.

PPh is expected to receive a proclamation from the Office of City Councilwoman Marion Tasco, a presentation from the Craft Room at PPh, and a donation from the PPh Auxiliary, which will be dedicated to the Benevolent Care Fund to help ensure that our independent living residents will never have to worry about their need for continuing care at PPh if they find that they have exhausted their financial resources.

As part of its tradition and celebration, PPh will recognize long-term employees of 20+ years, along with 13 residents who have enjoyed quality living over the last 20-30 years at PPh. Special recognition will be given to six residents who range in age from 100-103. Resident-of-the-year certificates will be given to one resident each from Independent Living, Personal Care and Pathways health care to recognize those who serve and live in the senior community.

The Philadelphia Protestant Home (PPh) is a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community (CCRC) in Philadelphia, licensed through the Department of Public Welfare (DPW) and the Department of Health (DOH) and certified by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS). Pathways, our Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center was recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of the best nursing homes in the country and continues to receive a five-star rating from CMS. PPh is dedicated to service, excellence, and the highest quality of senior living. We foster a caring environment, promote independence, advance individual dignity and respect, and encourage a sense of family. PPh provides lifelong access to a full continuum of services including Independent Living, Personal Care, Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation and Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care.

Editor’s Note: Media are invited to attend Founders’ Day. Photo opportunities available.

Contact:
Patrick Donohue
267-760-5656

What Residents Say

"In my two years at PPh, I’ve grown to like it very much. At first, I felt like a stranger and then as I began to talk to people, we increasingly became good friends. A way to meet people is to join clubs. I’m now part of the PPh Auxiliary. I love helping with their flea markets because you never know what you can find. Recently, I’ve joined an evening quilting class. I love that I can continue to enjoy my life outside of PPh while experiencing the offers here.….especially the pool! Everything is just so convenient.

– Lucille Hite, Independent Living resident

What Families Say

"My mom is sooo happy at PPh, I can’t even describe it in strong enough words. She’s met so many new friends and these ladies do EVERYTHING together! She sees Dad every day in Pathways, but can have her life too. She’s gone to so many activities and I think I’ve already been to Scoops with her at least 15 times. She loves the dining room and Bistro too. My sister, Ilene, and I are so delighted that Mom is happy.......Wow, it feels like Mom’s been there about 2 years—but it’s only 2 months!! That’s how comfortable and natural it feels for her – and for all of us.

– Rhonda Frenkel, daughter of residents Jack & Bernice Segal