This past fiscal year, (FY21-22) has been an exceptional year for the Masonic Home of Missouri.

There’s No Place Like Home – We Are Where You Are!

The Masonic Home of Missouri has evolved beyond a physical home. The Masonic Home offers multiple programs to help Missouri Masons, their wives or widows, Eastern Star ladies, and children, wherever they live. Since 1991, the Masonic Home of Missouri’s shift into Programs has allowed the organization to grow beyond a building into an organization with unlimited potential. And this past year proves that!

This past fiscal year, (FY21-22) has been an exceptional year for the Masonic Home of Missouri. For the first time since the inception of the Outreach Programs, over $2 million of direct assistance was provided to clients. This does not include operational costs, meaning every donor dollar went directly to help someone in need. With an estimated 44,042 lives impacted in one year, these numbers are the highest since the Masonic Home came into existence, and far surpasses the number of people that could have been helped in a facility.

The Masonic Home of Missouri has evolved beyond a physical home.

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The Programs categorize into three areas. Financial, Partnership, and Resource & Recognition Programs. With a total of 10 programs ranging from Long –Term to Short –Term Financial Assistance, Children’s Outreach, Creating-A-Partnership, Social Services, Widows and Veterans Recognition, Masonic Family Cares, Partnering to Honor, and Financial Education Programs. The Masonic Home of Missouri truly is where our members are, whenever they need us.

Since 1991, the Masonic Home of Missouri has shifted into Programs that allow the organization to grow beyond a building into an organization with unlimited potential.

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Leaving A Legacy

After 45 years of servant leadership to the Masonic Villages of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, Brother Joseph E. Murphy retired Dec. 1, 2019, leaving behind a legacy of compassion for others and a selfless commitment to quality care and services.

Joe joined the Masonic Homes of Elizabethtown in 1974. A licensed Nursing Home Administrator, Joe earned his bachelor of business administration from Penn State University. He served as Executive Director/CEO for the Masonic Homes from 1983 to 1997, as Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) from 1997 to 2000, and as CEO since 2000 of the renamed Masonic Villages’ operations at Dallas, Elizabethtown, Lafayette Hill, Sewickley and Warminster, Pennsylvania. Under Joe’s leadership, the Masonic Villages expanded its home and community-based services, outreach services and management and consulting services. In 2013, he also became CEO of Ashlar Creative Solutions, a subsidiary of the organization, and through this, became part of the Masonic Village at Burlington, New Jersey, team.

A lifelong advocate for long-term care, Joe was appointed by the Governor and served on the Intra-Governmental Council on Long Term Care from 1998 – 2005. He was again appointed by the Governor to serve on the Pennsylvania Senior Care and Services Study Commission from 2008 – 2010. A past president of MCSA, Joe also served as a member of the House of Delegates for LeadingAge, is a past president of the Board of Directors for LeadingAgePA and was a member of the American College of Health Care Administrators for many years.

“It’s a blessing to be part of an organization that cares for so many people who otherwise would have no place else to go to receive the quality care and services they need and deserve,” Joe said. “It’s the mission that has kept me here all these years.”

Understanding that the Masonic Villages’ Mission of Love is only possible through the efforts of devoted staff, Joe requested the establishment of the Helping Hands Fund to assist Masonic Villages’ employees across Pennsylvania when they have a need. The fund is intended to alleviate the burden of unforeseen challenges, such the loss of a loved one; health issues; caregiving responsibilities; or financial pressures, such as the inability to afford food, utilities or rent. On Nov. 15, MCSA presented Joe $500 for the fund in honor of his retirement. (Pictured with Joe are Carl Anderson, President, along with board members Adrienne Staudenmayer and Ginny Migrala.)

An active Pennsylvania Mason, Joe is a member of Abraham C. Treichler Lodge No. 682, Elizabethtown, and several appendant bodies, having also served on the advisory board for the local DeMolay chapter.  Joe received the 33rd degree in Freemasonry in August 1996; the Pennsylvania Franklin Medal in December 2005; and the Chapel of Four Chaplains Humanitarian Award in 1988. In 2007, he received the LeadingAgePA Paul P. Hass Lifetime Achievement Award. He is an active member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church and honorary member of the Elizabethtown Rotary Club.

Best wishes to Joe Murphy and his wife, Barb, for the greatest of health, happiness, love and blessings as they embark on a well-deserved retirement filled with plans for travel and quality time with family.