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Diakon marks 150th anniversary at Frey Village

By Laura Hayes

laurahayes@pressandjournal.com

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Posted 8/8/18

Diakon Senior Living Services celebrated its 150th anniversary at Frey Village on July 30.

“One hundred and fifty years is a big deal — a very big deal,” Frey Village Chaplain …

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Diakon Senior Living Services celebrated its 150th anniversary at Frey Village on July 30.

“One hundred and fifty years is a big deal — a very big deal,” Frey Village Chaplain the Rev. Wayne Muthler said. “Here’s to the next 150.”

According to Diakon Chief Operations and Chief Financial Officer Scott Habecker, Diakon’s history started as an orphans home in Perry County in 1868.

Frey Village, located on Union Street, replaced Lutheran homes in both Harrisburg and Camp Hill. Ground was broken for Frey Village in 1975, and it was opened the following year. Diakon has been running Frey Village since it opened.

According to its website, Diakon serves between 60,000 to 70,000 in Maryland and Pennsylvania including senior lifestyle and health care services and programs for children through adults.

“Because no matter what Diakon Service we consider, whether child and family programs or senior living services, our goal is always the same — to care for our neighbors,” Habecker said.

Throughout 2018, Diakon is celebrating its anniversary. At Frey Village there was a presentation of the history of Diakon followed by a rededication and blessing. After, ventriloquist Michael Minor performed a variety show.