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A Spirit of Service. A Legacy of Trust.

Our Beginnings

The Village at Luther Ridge was established over a quarter of a century ago to meet the needs of people who wanted to retire in the area they loved, near friends and family. Its five charming cottage neighborhoods were added gradually, from 1989 to 2002. The first neighborhood, St. Paul Drive, brought 34 cottages in 1989. The Esther Circle neighborhood added 20 cottages in 1991; the 11 Sara Place cottages were built in 1996, St. Joseph Lane’s 11 freestanding cottages were constructed in 1999, and Luther Drive’s 10 freestanding cottages were added in 2002.

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 in helping 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.

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 skilled 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.