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.