A rich history spanning more than 100 years of service.

Messiah Lifeways at Mount Joy Country Homes is a Messiah Lifeways’ resident community. Founded in 1896, Messiah Lifeways is a non-profit organization, governed by a local board of directors, that provides a network of services for adults 55 and better living in South Central PA.

Mount Joy Country Homes began with the founding of Messiah Lifeways in 1896. Before it became known as a senior living community in 1984, it was home to the Messiah Children’s Home.

Brief History of Mount Joy Country Homes

  • 1896 - Started by the Brethren in Christ Church in Harrisburg as part of the Messiah Rescue and Benevolent Home (which is now known as Messiah Lifeways).

  • 1914 - The children moved from Harrisburg to Grantham, PA and then it became known as the Messiah Children’s Orphanage.

  • 1925 - Messiah Children’s Orphanage moved from Grantham to the current site of Mount Joy Country Homes.

  • 1953 - Messiah Children’s Orphanage became Messiah Children’s Home.

  • 1981 - Messiah Children’s Home stopped operating as a children’s home due to governmental funding cuts.

  • 1984 - Messiah Children’s Home became Messiah Family Services, changed focus, and began building a retirement community (first cottage built in 1984).

  • 1994 - Final cottage built on the original site.

  • 1997 - Affiliation and management agreement signed with Messiah Village.

  • 1998 - Adjoining 23 acres purchased for expansion.

  • 2002 - Former administrator’s house replaced with a duplex cottage.

  • 2008 - Affiliation of Messiah Family Services and Messiah Home (now known as Messiah Lifeways) is approved by Lancaster County Court.

  • 2010 - Ten new cottages were built on Bayberry Drive.

  • 2012 - Messiah Village broadened brand to Messiah Lifeways. Mount Joy Country Homes is now doing business as Messiah Lifeways at Mount Joy Country Homes.

  • 2013 - Twelve new cottages were built on Sage Court and a new community center opens.