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.

For more stories and information, visit our publications online, or our website. 

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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The cost of living for the MCSA villagers. How much to live in a retirement community?

Cost Essentials of Continuing Care Retirement Communities

Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC) offer multiple levels of active retirement and health care options – retirement living (independent living), personal care, and skilled nursing on the same campus. How the cost of health care is covered depends on the plan offered. Upon moving into a CCRC, residents select one of these plans:  

Type A – Lifecare 

Under a Lifecare contract, offered at Masonic Village at Sewickley, residents pay an upfront entrance fee and an ongoing monthly fee that bundles most of the cost for day-to-day living. Residents who transfer from retirement living to health care pay essentially the same monthly fee in place at time of transfer. Most communities will adjust the monthly fee for the additional meals provided in personal care and skilled nursing.  

  • Entrance fees are higher because you’re covering a full range of future possible health challenges.  
  • The monthly fee remains virtually the same if your health needs increase.  
  • Most residents qualify for tax advantages.  
  • Preferred by residents looking for cost certainty and financial protection of their savings/assets. 

 Type C – Fee for Service 

Under a fee for service contract, residents pay an upfront entrance fee and an ongoing monthly fee that bundles most of the cost for day-to-day living. Entry fees and monthly fees are lower upon entry into active retirement living, but residents pay the full cost of personal care or skilled nursing for as long as needed at market rates. 

  • The entrance fee allows the community to charge a lower monthly fee than Lifecare communities. 
  • This plan does not provide for tax write-off since heath care services are not pre-funded. 
  • Savings and assets are potentially depleted paying for health care. 

Some CCRCs offer a  rental option without an entrance fee requirement. Residents who choose this type of contract pay a higher monthly fee and assume the full risk of the cost and self-coordination of their future care. 

Visit our cost page for more information on retirement living fees.

MCSA Hosts COVID Roundtable Discussion via Zoom

Today MCSA was host to a COVID Roundtable discussion via Zoom. Led by Board Members, Gary Charland (Masonic Homes of California) and J Scott Judy (Masonic Homes Kentucky), 35 people joined in from around the world to share experiences within their Masonic communities and collaborate on best practices during these unprecedented times.

Catch the replay HERE

It really feels good knowing that we have this organization behind us and that we are able to share in the good and the challenging.” – Gary Charland