About Us

In the early 1900s, Barbara and Henry Firestone opened their home to neighbors who needed assistance and began caring for them. As members of the United Zion Church and owners of a bakery that served the local area, Barbara and Henry’s generosity flowed from their Christian faith and their commitment to the community. Along with the church, they formally incorporated the effort as the United Zion Home for the Homeless in 1905.

Today, United Zion Retirement Community carries out its nonprofit mission with the same Christian commitment that inspired the Firestones more than a century ago. As a life plan community (also called a “continuing care retirement community”), we offer a full range of services that accent the lives of our residents, their families, and the broader community. And our unique staff culture centers around loving and caring for our residents and each other.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide superior quality services to the aging, based on Christian principles, in a loving and caring community, encouraging independence, promoting wellness, and preserving human dignity.

Our Core Values

  • Nurturing Respect

  • Delivering Excellence

  • Building Community

  • Serving Compassionately

  • Ensuring Integrity

  • Promoting Stewardship

Helpful Resources

> Long Term Living in PA
> Lancaster Office of Aging
> AARP Resources
> Learn About Lititz,PA
> Learn More About Lancaster

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