Phoebe Ministries was founded in 1903 when the Phoebe Deaconess Home, established by the Ministers of the Reformed Church (the forerunner of the United Church of Christ), opened its doors in the west end of Allentown. The Phoebe Deaconess Home aimed to educate young women of the Reformed faith who were called to care for the sick, elderly and destitute in their congregations.
By the mid 1920s, the deaconess movement had waned, however the number of older persons needing care grew and the need for a larger home and infirmary became essential. In 1925, the Phoebe Deaconess Home changed its name to The Home to reflect its new mission and ministry.
As the century progressed, Phoebe expanded to meet the changing needs of older adults. In 1985, Phoebe-Devitt Homes was established as the parent organization and foundation. The name Phoebe Ministries was adopted to refer to the organization encompassing the numerous ministries that had developed over the years.
Today, Phoebe Ministries specializes in health care, housing and a variety of support services for individuals, most of whom are older adults. More than 2,300 seniors are served through the communities and services of Phoebe Ministries. More than 1,000 employees and 500 volunteers provide the services, care and attention for which Phoebe is so well known.
For a look at important events in the history of Phoebe over the last 104 years, please open the Centennial Timeline file below.
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