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Blossoming Today, Sustainable Tomorrow
United Zion Retirement Community has deep roots in Lancaster County. We’ve been growing and blossoming here for over 117 years. Our faith-based history serves as a foundation for what has become a vibrant Life Plan Community today. Our reputation has allowed our community to enjoy an occupancy rate of 100% while maintaining a waiting list of over 75 individuals. As we celebrate our growth, we are called to meet the need to plan for a sustainable future that allows United Zion to provide for more seniors who wish to find a home here.

Will You Help Our Future Blossom?
It has long been a goal of United Zion to not only enhance the lives of older adults but also bolster their ability to prevent decline through social connectedness, physical activity, and meaningful engagement. Through analyzing the needs of our current community as well as anticipating the needs of an increased resident population, several philanthropic priorities have been identified by our dedicated board to better serve our residents today and in the future. United Zion is committed to assisting older adults to live fully and with joy, security, and dignity.

Before moving forward with a campaign, we first want to assess the level of support among our stakeholders. With this goal in mind, we have partnered with Kirby-Smith Associates, a local Christian fundraising firm, who will be conducting a Feasibility Study to gain valuable feedback from our stakeholders on the proposed vision outlined in the included materials. All feedback will be held in the strictest of confidence. Arrangements can be made to meet at United Zion, a location of your choice, by Zoom or by phone. You can sign up for interviews online at bit.ly/UZRCinterview or by reaching out to Sarah Teichmann at 717-417-8051 or steichmann@kirbysmith.com. Additionally, we do have an online survey available at bit.ly/UZRCsurvey. Thank you in advance for speaking with them. Most of all, thank you for your faith, your prayers, and your ongoing support of United Zion Retirement Community.

 

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PROPOSED CAMPAIGN NEEDS

Gathering Spaces 

Socialization & Connectedness
Anticipated Need – $1 million
One of our primary goals at United Zion is to help residents remain active, live independently, and find meaning and purpose. Common spaces for gathering, events, and casual celebrations will improve wellness and social connections.

Places that meet this goal can take many forms, and we will look to the results of the Feasibility Study discussion to guide our selections. The size and scope will be based on available funding, including anticipated charitable gifts. Potential considerations for these indoor and outdoor spaces include a fitness center, event room, café, and comfortable sitting areas.

Wellness Technology
Sustainability & Security
Anticipated Need – $1 million

With this in mind, United Zion hopes to raise funds to finance improvements in technology to keep our rates reasonable and our residents connected. Investing in energy-reducing upgrades, such as solar panels, will allow United Zion to keep our monthly cost on par for middle-market senior housing as well as make us more environmentally friendly.

Technology initiatives will enhance wellness as we enter a more modern standard. For example, the addition of electronic tablets create the ability to provide easy digital check-ins, place work orders, enter food service requests, have telehealth visits, and view the calendar of events. Our savvy residents will be empowered to stay independent for longer. Additionally, when the need  arises, safety measures such as fall alert systems, advanced security, and state-of-the-art automated doors will help residents remain independent and safe while we offer continuing care at middle-market rates.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Where is this new apartment building be built?

This building will be built along Furnace Hills Pike, just north of the current main building.

Why is this important for the future of United Zion?

United Zion Retirement Community has deep roots in Lancaster County. We’ve been growing and blossoming here for over 117 years. Our faith-based history serves as a foundation for what has become a vibrant Life Plan Community today. Our reputation has allowed our community to enjoy an occupancy rate of 100% while maintaining a waiting list of over 75 individuals.  The challenge before United Zion is clear; we do not currently have enough housing for the demand. With an expected wait time of 3 to 6 years and a wait list that continues to grow, the time is right to invest in United Zion so that we can continue to expand and serve the next generation of seniors. As we celebrate our growth, we are called to meet the need to plan for a sustainable future that allows United Zion to provide for more seniors who wish to find a home here. This addition will help United Zion improve our future viability. The additional common space and technology will help residents remain active, live independently, and find meaning and purpose. Implementing new technology and improving energy efficiencies can help reduce future cost allowing rates to stay reasonable for the future residents.

 

What will this building have?

Plans are still being finalized but we expect 6,800 square feet of common space and 45+ apartments. The apartments will including two bedroom, one bedroom and den and one bedroom layouts.

When will the new building open?

We are hoping to move new residents in to the building in Spring 2025.

Will there be naming opportunities?

Yes, there will be naming opportunities. Please let us know if you have interest in naming opportunities so we can reach out when they are available.

What are the funds being raised for?

Capital Campaign to raise funds for two additional components to our vision: a common area for all residents and their visitors as well as technology and security initiatives to encourage wellness and independence.

Who is Kirby-Smith?

We have partnered with Kirby-Smith Associates. They are a local Christian fundraising firm, who will be helping us assess the level of support among stakeholders. They will be  reaching out to you in the coming weeks to ask for your valuable feedback on the proposed vision outlined. Please consider filling out a survey and/or being interviewed.

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