The comfort, charm, and convenience of simply good living in Mount Joy.

Mount Joy Country Homes is one of the premier senior communities in the Mount Joy and Elizabethtown area and a resident community of Messiah Lifeways— a non-profit organization started in 1896 that provides a network of options to older adults in South Central PA. Residents enjoy being part of a 55+ community that offers maintenance-free cottage living at a great value with partially-refundable entrance fees and low monthly fees.

Residents of Mount Joy Country Homes are an integral part of Messiah Lifeways and our commitment to changing the conversation about growing older. We serve Mount Joy, Elizabethtown, Manheim, and beyond. Our mission is to be a ministry that responsibly enhances the lives of older adults with Christ-like love, and it is our dream to inspire everyone 55 and better to embrace life more fully; to not fear growing older; and to re-imagine the journey of aging as a time of purpose, zest, and faith-filled living. 

Mount Joy Country Homes is growing! Our 11-acre cottage community is expanding and its offerings are unique among Lancaster County’s 55+ communities.

Since 2008, Messiah Lifeways has charted a long-term plan to increase the number of residents it serves, while striving to offer maintenance-free living for those 55 and better in the Lancaster County area. Our 11-acre cottage community is growing into a 34-acre community with 114 cottages, a community center, gardens, and walking trails. Over the last several years, Messiah Lifeways has built 22 new cottages and a new 3,500-square-foot community center at Mount Joy Country Homes. Today, there are 61 cottages on campus, with plans to build 50 more cottages over the next several years. Learn more about our current expansion plans.

For more information about Mount Joy Country Homes, contact us:
717.653.2356 |


Countryside splendor just minutes from shopping, dining, and historical towns.



Simply good living & a simply amazing leadership team.



A rich history spanning more than 100 years of service.


Messiah Lifeways

Serving Adults 55 and better in South Central PA.