A Mission Enriching Lives

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The founders of Calvary Homes understood the importance of “community” when it comes to serving senior adults. Their efforts lead to the establishment of the first purpose-built, continuing care community in the Lancaster area, known then as Calvary Fellowship Homes. Since 1963, the community grew many fold, developing into a community of faith and fellowship that enriches the lives of older adults desiring to serve God through their retirement years.

Though we have, and continue to receive, local and national recognition for our quality services, we are not resting on our laurels but are now moving forward to further enhance the privacy and appeal of our accommodations and amenities for today’s and tomorrow’s seniors. This vision includes:

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    Thanks to all the donors to the Extra Ordinary Give. Because of you  we received $12,565.

Consider the initiatives described below and help us bring them to reality.

Renovations & Expansion








Over the next two years, Calvary Homes is undertaking a major renovation and expansion of our community. These improvements will provide enhanced privacy, dignity, and choice for residents while enhancing amenities for all residents and visitors. They include:


Caring hard hat imageTo help fund this 13 million dollar renovation project, Calvary Homes has undertaken a two million dollar capital campaign called Caring and Preparing for Today and Tomorrow. This campaign will run five years between 2018 and 2022. Achieving the campaign goal will be essential in order to accomplish the full vision of the renovation and expansion. To-date we have received gifts and pledges totaling $780,042.



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  CLICK PHOTO to view building progress using our webcam page.

Laying bricks  CLICK PHOTO to become a part of making these improvements possible.

Crichton Chapel

In honor of Dr. Eric Crichton’s longstanding service to Calvary Church and Calvary Homes over a span of nearly 57 years, Calvary Homes’ Board of Directors desired to recognize Dr. Crichton though naming our new chapel, Crichton Chapel, in honor of his outstanding service to God.

Left to right: Rev. Bob Reid, Board Member,
Dr. Eric Crichton, Mr. Clifford Hurter,
President and CEO, after the conclusion of
the Praise Celebration.

In honor of Dr. Eric Crichton’s longstanding service to Calvary Church and Calvary Homes over a span of nearly 57 years, Calvary Homes’ Board of Directors desired to recognize Dr. Crichton though naming our new chapel, Crichton Chapel, in honor of his outstanding service to God.

Dr. Crichton’s ministry included service as senior pastor of Calvary Church for 23 years. Upon retirement, Eric and his late wife Dorothy, moved to Calvary Homes and continued their service to the community in a variety of roles. Eric continues serving to this day, 34 years later! Providing gifts in Dr. Crichton’s honor is an excellent way to honor his faithful service.

Gifts and pledges for this purpose should be marked “Chapel” to apply them toward this naming opportunity honoring Dr. Crichton. Calvary Homes hopes to reach our goal of $150,000 for the chapel by the planned dedication in late 2019.

CLICK HERE to make a gift or pledge in honor of Dr. Crichton. 

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Benevolent Care 

Giving to benevolent care is an important way to broadly impact the lives of older adults. With increasing life spans, complex medical needs, and dementia care, an increasing number of seniors outlive their resources that once provided for their own care needs. Gifts for benevolent care provide resources enabling Calvary Homes to continue the same quality of care and daily assistance should a resident’s own resources become inadequate to cover the full cost of care.  Use the Donate button on the right to make an immediate Benevolent Care gift using Pay Pal or your credit card. Please indicate in the “Write a Note” box the intended purpose for your gift and any tribute information.

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Recognizing Special Individuals

You may recognize those people important in your life by making a Tribute Gift in their honor or memory.  Special events like an anniversary, birthday, Mother’s or Father’s Day are ideal times to make a Tribute Gift for someone you appreciate deeply. Use the Donate button below to make an immediate Tribute Gift using Pay Pal or your credit card. Please indicate in the “Write a Note” box the intended purpose for your gift and any tribute information. If you prefer, you may download the Tribute Brochure to print out a hard copy and send along with your gift to the address in the brochure.

IRA Charitable Rollovers

An appealing way to give, while taking advantage of important tax benefits, is using an IRA Charitable Rollover. The charitable rollover allows you to forgo income tax on the withdrawal of funds from your IRA up to $100,000 annually. This may also be helpful in avoiding additional tax on your Social Security income or Medicare premiums. Contact our Development Office at 717-824-8816 to learn more about this simple, yet effective way to help others while making the most of your invested resources.

Planned Giving

Planned gifts provide the means to make a legacy gift when one’s own needs are satisfied. The most common way to do this is including Calvary Homes as a beneficiary. This can be accomplished by including Calvary Homes in your will or as a beneficiary of a retirement account, life insurance policy, or other financial account.

If the security of on-going income is important, Charitable Gift Annuities offer a simple way to support our mission while adding to your ongoing income during your life. Our Fund Development Office can assist you in understanding and considering these options which can offer appealing rates based on your age.

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Special Projects

Within our community of faith and fellowship we find a wide variety of needs arise, some of which are beyond what our operating budget can bear. In such cases, we make these needs known for those friends looking for a special way to enhance the quality of life of residents or our ability to serve them with enhanced quality, choice or service. Please click on the link below to view this list and the many options available for you to make a special difference in people’s lives. These projects are available for individuals, families, clubs, or civic groups to sponsor. If you find any of these projects to your liking, or if they inspire your vision for another project you would like to support, we welcome your contact with our Development Office at 717-824-8816 to discuss how you can bring new light into the lives of seniors.
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Calvary Caring Club

For those preferring consistent giving, the Calvary Caring Club is an easy way to remember regular giving. We can include an envelope with the acknowledgment of your initial gift, as your reminder for the next gift date of your choosing. Alternatively, we can set up a secure automatic withdrawal from your bank account on the frequency you select or submit your gift as a recurring charge to your credit card or, if you prefer, we can arrange regular periodic giving by electronic funds transfer (EFT) by clicking the button below:


You Shop. Amazon Gives.

Calvary Homes is now participating in the Amazon Smile program! This program supports our Benevolent Fund through a .05% contribution Amazon will make on the value of all purchases you make through Amazon. To start this great benefit to our mission, you must register with Amazon to make Calvary Homes your desired charity. Click this link to learn more and start making your online purchase count for senior adults we serve each day!

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You may also contact Dan Snyder, Director of Development at: development@calvaryhomes.org, or call (717) 824-8816 to learn more about how you can make a difference in the lives of senior adults and their families.

Financial Disclosure
Calvary Homes is a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization serving older adults without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, physical handicap, disability, or religious creed. Official registration and financial information for Calvary Homes may be obtained from the PA Dept. of State by calling toll-free within PA, 1(800)732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement. Gifts made to Calvary Homes are deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.