Our Heritage

A Spirit of Service. A Legacy of Trust.

Our Beginnings

SpiriTrust Lutheran®, The Village at Gettysburg, was founded in 1970 to meet the needs of people who wanted to live at a retirement community in the area they loved, near friends and family. It was built with the assistance of local congregations in the form of financial support and labor. Current residents and families often share memories of their involvement in planning and building our Continuing Care Retirement Community (or CCRC), from swinging hammers to hanging curtains.

Our MISSION Inspires Us. Our HERITAGE Guides Us.

SpiriTrust Lutheran® delivers an array of programs and services that touch thousands of lives each day. Our service footprint has grown well beyond our humble beginnings when Sister Charlotte Weissgerber, a prominent social worker from Philadelphia, came to York in 1951 as the first executive director of Lutheran Welfare Services. 

We have always played an important role in providing compassionate care and support to those we serve in our communities to ensure their well-being and help them achieve an optimal quality of life. As needs grew and shifted, we opened new programs, expanded our territory and partnered with others to offer a variety of care options in multiple settings.

Our name, SpiriTrust Lutheran®, captures the essence of who we are and the care and compassion our amazing team delivers. It embraces our Lutheran heritage, our spirit of service, and the reality that people come to us because of their trust in us.

Recently, SpiriTrust Lutheran replaced the term Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) with the newly adopted Life Plan Community name. This does not impact or change our licensing status, it merely redefines our full offerings and better reflects our mission to empower residents to live an active, independent lifestyle. It also speaks to the advantages of setting a plan in place for any future care needs, with the full continuum of health services we have available. This change positions us for the future, helping us communicate that SpiriTrust Lutheran® is so much more than care: We are about life, having a plan, and living life to the fullest within the community.

Today, we provide Residential Living, Assisted Living, Personal Care, Memory Support and Nursing and Rehabilitation Services in six senior living communities; Home Care, In-home Support and Hospice services; an innovative program for clinically frail adults aged 55 and older in need of nursing home level-of-care; counseling services; financial education and coaching; domestic abuse solutions; services for the deaf and hard of hearing; volunteer income tax assistance; and an array of volunteer programs.

Annually, we serve more than 19,000 people in 20 counties in Pennsylvania and three in northern Maryland. We look forward to the future as we continually strive to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those we serve each day.

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