Heritage Resident Rides Horses At New Gerry Equestrian Center To Celebrate 90th Birthday

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GERRY – A 90-year-old Hertiage Resident recently rode horses at Homestead Stables, the new Equestrian center opened as a part of Heritage in December 2018, part of a 90th Birthday wish.

Hank Storm took to the saddle for the first time in more than 50 years along with Heritage CEO David Smeltzer and several other residents.

“This moment embodies the vision of why we invested in such a unique and innovative offering for our entire community and Independent Living residents,” said Heritage Vice President of Marketing and Development Lisa Haglund. “Active and purposeful lifestyle is extremely important, and Homestead Stables is just one way we can make dreams come true while serving our mission and residents. We feel blessed to have been a part of this very special moment.”

Located on the Homestead campus, Heritage officials said Homestead Stables is a place where ministry can be expanded to include lessons and programs for children, teens and intergenerational activities.

In addition to equine educational events and programs, Homestead Stables also offers opportunities to provide therapeutic riding programs for individuals suffering from PTSD or other emotional or physical disabilities.

“We’re certainly unique in our area,” Heritage CEO David Smeltzer said. “What started as the idea to create an experience for our residents has grown into a much larger vision since its inception. We realize we are truly only beginning to scratch the surface of all that our facility will be able to provide. What was intended to be a facility that would help us grow the Homestead Campus is now so much more. It is providing us with a whole new way to serve our community and the surrounding counties while continue to further our mission of serving others through Christ-centered ministries which promote ‘HOPE, DIGNITY and PURPOSEFUL LIVING.”

Heritage Ministries was founded as the Orphanage and Homes of the Free Methodist Church in 1886 and has grown from its original campus in Gerry, NY to six locations in New York with additional affiliations in the states of Washington, Illinois, and Pennsylvania.

As a not-for-profit provider of senior care and housing, Heritage is a leader in the industry, employing approximately 1,500 team members, and serving over 2,500 individuals annually.

With locations in New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Washington, Heritage and its affiliates provide rehabilitation and skilled nursing services, independent retirement housing, and assisted living.

In addition, childcare is provided at two campuses allowing for intergenerational programs.

To learn more about Heritage Ministries or Homestead Stables, visit www.heritage1886.org or www.homesteadstables.org

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