The Pennsylvania Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association has expanded into Lancaster County.
The nonprofit, which provides support services to individuals and families impacted by Alzheimer’s Disease, confirmed today it has opened its sixth office in Pennsylvania at 706 Rothsville Road in Warwick Township.
Its other locations are in Harrisburg, State College, Erie, Pittsburgh and Wilkes-Barre, according to spokesman Jeremy Bland.
The association didn’t exactly choose Lancaster County. Rather, Lancaster chose it, Bland said. “The Lancaster area has really embraced our chapter and has come to us for help and information.”
Increased inquiries from Lancaster prompted the association to expand there. The new location also should help the association better serve York County, Bland said.
Two full-time employees are working out of the office, and the association is looking for volunteers to help with services available in Lancaster County, such as care consultations and support groups.
The association is leasing the 2,400 square foot space from Lititz-based Luthercare, which is the parent company of several senior living communities and personal care providers in Lancaster and Lebanon counties.
Luthercare is donating the space in-kind to the association, according to Luthercare communications director Amy Kenn. The space was previously a residential home that Luthercare purchased about two years ago and converted into office space, Sally Groome, vice president of marketing and communications at Luthercare said.
When Luthercare learned the association was looking for a space in Lancaster County, Luthercare “saw it as a perfect opportunity to support the organization and help them further their work in an area that certainly is very interested in the information they have to provide to their clients,” Groome said.
Luthercare and the association have an ongoing working relationship – for example, Luthercare providers have spoken at association conferences and Luthercare has sponsored fundraisers.
The association will have a grand opening party on Tuesday, Dec. 6, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at noon, Kenn said.