Homeland’s Founding Churches and Visionary Women Featured in 2024 Lottery Calendar


More than 156 years ago, nine churches and 18 women came together to find a way to meet the growing humanitarian needs in our community after the Civil War. Their work made history and led to the creation of the “Society for the Home for the Friendless” which is now Homeland Center. Historic photos of the churches along with insight about the founding female leaders are featured in Homeland Center’s 2024 Lottery Calendar which is now on sale.

The lottery calendar has become a tradition for friends, volunteers and supporters of Homeland’s work. The monthly calendar costs $25 and supports the organization’s benevolent care programs. More than 1,000 calendars are produced and sold and everyone who purchases a calendar is eligible to be entered into daily drawings for cash prizes.

“This year’s calendar is exceptional and truly unique,” says Homeland Board of Trustees member Marion Alexander. “It offers far more than dates and potential prizes.”

The calendar tells a story about the power of faith and purpose coming together to serve Harrisburg families and lay the groundwork for today’s Homeland Center. Plans for the calendar began more than a year ago with the help of David Morrison and Jeb Stuart of the Historic Harrisburg Association, along with Homeland volunteers including Marion.

“Homeland’s foundation was built by the compassionate leadership of 18 women,” Marion adds. “This vision continues today through the Board of Managers.”

When the “Home for the Friendless” was formed, the Board of Lady Managers, as it was called, served to help meet the needs of its orphans and widows. More than 156 years later, the Board of Managers includes 18 women who work to make Homeland a home for all residents.

Proceeds from calendar sales provide financial support and additional services to Homeland residents, patients and clients in need. Homeland provides more than $3 million in benevolent care annually to ensure all residents, patients and clients receive high-quality, supportive care when they need it most. Through the Lottery Calendar more than $70,000 has been raised since 2015 to support Homeland’s benevolent care program.

To learn more about our nine founding churches, please visit HomelandCenter.org/Nine-Founding-Churches.

Homeland Center and Homeland at Home Earn Deficiency-Free Survey Results from Pennsylvania Department of Health


Homeland Center and Homeland at Home, which provides a full continuum of services to care for residents, patients and clients, has earned deficiency-free survey results across all five of its care services based on routine annual examination by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) for the survey year 2022-23. The results signify 100 percent survey compliance with all federal and state standards of care.

The five health care services earning the deficiency-free rating are Homeland Center Skilled Nursing and Personal Care at Homeland Center; and Homeland HomeHealth, Homeland HomeCare and Homeland Hospice.

“Our deficiency-free survey results are a testament to our sincere and endless commitment to our Residents, Patients and Clients, and the Families who entrust us to care for them,” said Homeland Center and Homeland at Home President and CEO Barry S. Ramper II. “Having all five of our service lines earn this outcome in the same licensure and certification survey period makes this achievement even more outstanding. It is our privilege to provide compassionate care to those whose lives we have been entrusted, and we will continue to relentlessly strive to maintain the standards that earned these deficiency-free results every moment of every day.”

Occupying a full block in uptown Harrisburg, Homeland Center is a licensed not-for-profit Continuing Care Retirement Community offering personal care, skilled nursing care, memory care, and short-term rehabilitation. Homeland at Home provides hospice care (compassionate end-of-life care), home health services (in-home physician-ordered medical treatment), home care services (in-home non-medical daily living assistance) and palliative care (comfort and relief from the symptoms and stress of serious illness).

Earlier in 2023, Homeland HomeHealth and Homeland Hospice were named 2023 CAHPS Honors Award recipients by HEALTHCAREfirst, a national provider of services for hospice and home health agencies. The awards recognize Homeland for continuously providing a positive patient experience and high-quality of care based on results of the Home Health Care Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) survey, a nationally recognized tool to assess and improve patient care and patient and caregiver satisfaction.

Homeland’s tradition of care began 156 years ago after the Civil War. Eighteen women from nine churches in the city of Harrisburg came together to consider what could be done to help orphans and widows. In 1867, the group chartered the “Society for the Home for the Friendless” and raised funds to begin operating what today is Homeland Center and Homeland at Home.