Independent Senior Living Apartments Testimonial | Messiah Village
Hear what current residents have to say about Messiah Lifeways at Messiah Village apartment Living

With retirement still years on the horizon, Chris and Karen Smith began intentionally preparing for their golden years both financially and physically. “We wanted to be the ones driving our options,” Karen shared. “So, we began to get our ducks in line to be in a position, when the time came, to easily make the move.” Earlier this year, the Smiths decided it was time to move from their Harrisburg home. They considered all their options and chose Messiah Lifeways® at Messiah Village.

“We wanted a lifestyle change with more zest and purposeful living and one with less responsibility for property maintenance,” Karen explained. “We came for the quality housing options and amenities; we are staying for the welcoming hospitality of our neighbors and Messiah’s most friendly staff.” The Smiths are staying active and have been welcomed by their new community. Karen continues to work four days per week and Chris enjoys taking advantage of the Center for Vitality and Wellness conveniently located on campus. Both look forward to joining in activities like community concerts, card games, and socializing over coffee with their new neighbors in the Village Commons apartment building. “Since moving here we have expanded our opportunities for activity,” Chris said. “Apartment living has provided welcomed access to engagement with neighbors - we have made new friends and enjoy hosting house parties.” In fact, over the July 4th holiday, they even helped organize a well-attended cook out in the picturesque pavilion nearby. 

Chris and Karen are embracing their new life at Messiah Village and invite you to join them. Discover the community and convenience of apartment living by calling 717.316.5725 

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Diane Dick moved into a Village Commons apartment at Messiah Village 3 years ago. “I chose apartment living at Messiah Lifeways at Messiah Village because I wanted a safe, secure environment, and I wanted to be with other people. I find it comforting to know people are close by and I’m not isolated.“ She quickly learned that she was getting the aforementioned peace of mind and much more.

Diane is not from the Mechanicsburg area so when she moved into her Village Commons apartment she didn’t know anyone, but that didn’t last long; “I have met so many wonderful, friendly people and many have become good friends,” says Diane. With all the social opportunities available on campus it’s no wonder she made friends so quickly. “The Village Commons is set in beautiful surroundings and is almost a selfcontained village in itself, and you don't have to go far to find anything you need. There is a restaurant, small store with basic food supplies, a coffee shop, gift shop, bank, pharmacy, exercise room, a library, movies, salon services, shuttle service to other areas on the campus, and resident and guest services if you have questions or need help.” Focusing on building friendships and checking out all the campus amenities was made easy for Diane with the benefits of maintenance-free living. “If something breaks or needs repair in my apartment, the maintenance staff is available to fix/replace it for me. No need to worry about lawn care or snow removal, the grounds team here does a wonderful job and keeps the grounds immaculate.” 

Without the worry of maintaining her home, Diane can focus more on doing the things she loves. On a typical day Diane might find herself starting the morning serving other residents in the community as a Messiah Lifeways Volunteer delivering fresh ice pitchers to the residents in the nursing neighborhoods. After her shift she might head over to the Center for Vitality & Wellness to attend a SilverSneakers® exercise class with some friends. “My close friend from the community just joined the Wellness Center, so we plan on using the beautiful new pool very soon!” On days when she isn’t attending an exercise class and checking out the new amenities in the newly built Center for Vitality & Wellness, she might take a walk across the picturesque 80-acre campus and meet up with friends for coffee at Paxton street (one of 3 great on-campus locations to grab a “hot cup of joe”). Diane notes, “Occasionally, I also have lunch with friends in one of the 4 dining venues on campus. I also have outside interests such as church activities and child care for my nieces' children who live in the area.” When she’s not babysitting or spending time with friends, Diane enjoys cozying up in one of the comfy chairs in the Bailey Street library with a hot cup of coffee and a good book. This is just a small sampling of what’s available on the Messiah Village campus. Many residents also enjoy planned shopping trips, and even fun vacations planned by the Residential Living Social Life Coordinator including, but not limited to, summer trips to the beach and cruises. You’re never too old to learn something new; residents expand their mind through educational classes offered by the Pathways Institute for Lifelong Learning®. There are also helpful support groups, Bible studies and worship services, a variety of clubs and so many more opportunities.

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