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Ecumenical Retirement Community’s founder, the late Governor George M. Leader (pictured above), listens to a resident share her passion for sewing tote bags for cancer patients through the American Cancer Society. (June 2006)

Our History of Caring

After founding Country Meadows Retirement Communities 11 years earlier, the late Pennsylvania Governor George M. Leader saw a need for affordable senior living in Harrisburg. Seniors who had established their livelihoods on the East Shore had few options to remain local and connected to their community. Governor Leader understood what it meant for these individuals and in 1994 developed the not-for-profit Ecumenical Retirement Community in the heart of Susquehanna Township near Paxtang with low cost senior living options and opportunities for individuals to thrive as well as give back—both important factors in living with a purpose.

Enough Love to Go Around

Affiliated with Country Meadows Retirement Communities, Ecumenical’s programs and services were built upon the same high quality and compassionate care. Our senior living residences grew from one building to three by 2001 as more residents sought our all-inclusive independent living and assisted senior living lifestyles and co-workers supported a setting of kindness and love.

Every resident brought their lives with them—their interests, hobbies, volunteer services. With that, their philanthropic influence multiplied, creating an impact on and off campus for others, even the residents themselves.

A Continued Connection

Today, the Leader family continues the late Governor’s vision and manages the day-to-day community operations. Ecumenical Retirement Community has become an integral part of Harrisburg senior living and the community at large, and our residents are to thank.

Our residents are worth meeting, and we’d love to introduce you. Please contact us any day of the week to schedule a visit to meet these very special individuals.