60 charter members of The 1867 Society of Homeland honored


Generous contributions make it possible for Homeland Center to provide in excess of $2 million in annual benevolent care

HARRISBURG, PA (Friday, May 8, 2015) – Sixty charter members of the new 1867 Society of Homeland were honored today for generous donations that make it possible for Homeland Center and Homeland Hospice to care for those in need.

From right: President/CEO Barry S. Ramper II; Morton Spector, Chairman of the Board of Trustees; and Peggy Purdy, Chairwoman of the Board of Managers, unveil The 1867 Society of Homeland Honor Board.

The 1867 Society was created and tasked with raising $20 million by 2020 to support the more than $2 million in benevolent care Homeland provides annually. All donations are tax deductible.

“The pledges these 60 charter members have made to our endowment brings us more than halfway to our goal,’’ said President /CEO Barry S. Ramper II. “Their generosity guarantees that future generations of Central Pennsylvanians will be able to count on the quality senior care Homeland Center and Homeland Hospice provides.’’

During recognition ceremony, The 1867 Society Wall of Honor was unveiled in Homeland’s Sixth Street lobby. The digital display, set in an attractive wood frame, highlights the Society’s members and many of Homeland’s features.

Ramper pointed to Homeland’s policy of caring for residents at Homeland Center, even when they have exhausted their financial resources. It’s a level of commitment that requires the public’s help, he said.

“Homeland Center was founded because our community recognized the need to care for widows and orphans following the Civil War,’’ Ramper said. “Though our mission has changed, the demand for our services has never waned.’’

Homeland is a licensed not-for-profit Continuing Care Retirement Community and a Five-Star Skilled Nursing Care Facility. Occupying a full city block in uptown Harrisburg, Homeland offers personal and skilled nursing care, as well as respite and rehab services. A 24-bed wing houses the unit dedicated to the special needs of those with Alzheimer’s or dementia-related diseases.

In keeping with its dedication to serving the community, Homeland Center established Homeland Hospice to help patients in the end stages of life and provide emotional support for their families. It is the only service in the region to offer a specialized pediatric hospice program. Homeland Hospice provides hospice care in patient’s homes and facilities.

“I’ve heard from many families who tell me how much it means to them to know that no matter what, their father or mother will never suffer the stress of having to find a new home,’’ said Morton Spector, Chairman of the Board of Trustees. “Donations to the 1867 Society ensure Homeland’s legacy can continue.’’

To learn more about the 1867 Society of Homeland and ways to contribute, contact Betty Hungerford, Director of Development, at 717-221-7727 or bhungerford@homelandcenter.org


Since 1867, Homeland has provided quality care to the residents of Central Pennsylvania. In addition to offering skilled nursing and personal care services, Homeland also offers hospice services. For more information, go to www.homelandcenter.org or www.homelandathome.org