PPh celebrates Diverse & United Founders' Day - Philadelphia Protestant Home
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PPh celebrates Diverse & United Founders’ Day

Posted on: Nov 10, 2016

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 will be gathering for its Founders’ Day and Diverse & United Diversity celebration, focusing on affirming the PPh mission and continuing our devotion to Family. The PPh Board, administration, staff and residents as part of its tradition on Founders’ Day, will recognize long-term residents who have lived at the senior living community for 20+ years. PPh also will honor 11 residents who are 100-years-old or older, along with announcing Residents-of-the-Year distinctions for Independent Living, Personal Care and Pathways Skilled Nursing.

“Our mission at PPh is guided by Christian values. We provide a caring senior community that affords our residents the opportunity for their highest possible quality of life,” said Anthony Manzo, President and CEO of PPh. “We are who we are, and we do what we do truly for the 600 seniors who are our Family. Last year at this time, we were culminating a year-long celebration of our 125th Anniversary with our Treasured Past, Triumphant Future theme. This year, we are celebrating a very special part our PPh community – Workplace Diversity – with a message about a Diverse and United Family,” he said.

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 residents in independent living, personal care, and skilled nursing, as well as provides rehabilitation and care for Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of memory loss. The Diverse & United portion of PPh’s celebration will feature themed posters and table displays from PPh staff and residents. Items that may  be on display include: artifacts, photos, flags, toys, coins, clothes, jewelry, snacks & treats and items held over from PPh’s origins as The Philadelphia German Protestant Home for the Aged including its original Charter.

Personality traits of a non-profit organization – leadership, volunteerism, diversity and philanthropy – hold the key to success and sustainability in achieving our mission to be here not just for today, but to be around to fulfill our promise and deliver our mission for future generations to come,” said Richard Soltan, ESQ, Chairman of PPh Board of Directors. “May we always be a beacon of hope for the hopeless and a home for seniors who need a place to call home, and a Family to each other,” he said.
In addition PPh is expected to receive a $10,000 donation from the PPh Auxiliary, which will be dedicated to Benevolent Care to help ensure that PPh residents will never have to worry about their need for continuing care at PPh if they find that they have exhausted their financial resources.

12 – 2:45 p.m. – Diverse & United Celebration

PPh Main Lobby

3- 4:00 p.m. – Founders’ Day Speaker Remarks, Resident-of-the Year Awards

Recognition of 100 year-old-plus Residents, and 20-plus year Residents

PPh Social Hall

Event is open to residents, PPh staff, and residents’ family members.


What Residents Say

"In my nine 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 resident Bernice Segal

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