The Caring Place History
The Caring Place is a subsidiary of Grove Manor Corporation and is affiliated with The Churches of God Allegheny Region Conference. A home for the aging was a dream in the minds of a good many of the members of the Church of God for years. This dream comes from a sad story about a retired pastor that had nowhere to go as the United States was heading down the dark road of The Great Depression. Fast forward to April 6, 1971 when Grove Manor, located in Grove City was opened to admit their first resident, nearly 40 years after that first need was identified.
Following on the heels of the success of Grove Manor a need was identified for more beds to serve those in need. After an attempt to expand Grove Manor was thwarted, Mary Gray, then Nursing Home Administrator at Grove Manor, proposed a home in Franklin. She had visited Franklin Hospital on numerous occasions and felt it would be the perfect location to extend Grove Manor’s vision of hope and healing.
She consulted with Howard Potter, a Cooperstown denizen, who was treasurer of the Grove Manor Board and together they formulated the plan that was to evolve into The Caring Place. On June 26, 1991 the Pennsylvania Department of Health approved the 100 bed nursing and 32 bed Personal Care Home.
The groundbreaking ceremony for The Caring Place was held on December 21. 1993 at 11:00 AM. Connie Shorts age 98, then a resident at Grove Manor, using the same gold shovel previously used to break ground for Grove Manor. Others taking part in the ceremony included, Howard Potter, Pastor Lester Thornton, Jack Sanford, Walter Schafer, Lee Strickland (Contractor), William Dunlap, Mary Gray, and Glenn Beatty.
After many hurdles, such as budget overages and unstable land, The Caring Place opened its doors to residents July 21, 1995.
In May of 2010 Grove Manor Corporation Conference, acquired Woodcrest Senior Living Community. Woodcrest Senior Living Community consists of duplex homes, cottage homes, and apartments for active senior living. Woodcrest is located in Scottdale, PA.
Christian Loving Fund
The Christian Loving Fund is a non-profit charitable organization affiliated with the Allegheny Region Conference of the Churches of God, principally concerned with the care of senior adults.
The Mission of the Christian Loving Fund is to raise, manage, and distribute funds in ways that will meet special needs and enhance the quality of living for residents of Grove Manor Nursing Home located in Grove City, PA, The Caring Place located in Franklin, PA, and Woodcrest Senior Living Community located in Scottdale, PA.
The Objective of the Christian Loving Fund for many years has been to aid in providing a loving, compassionate environment while carefully attending to the physical, spiritual, social, and emotional needs of the residents at Grove Manor Nursing Home, The Caring Place, and Woodcrest Senior Living Community."
Donations and Contributions are received through individual gifts, memorials, Honorariums, Wills and Bequests.
Contributions are tax deductible.
Christian Loving Fund
P.O. Box 1055 Franklin, PA 16323-5055