UTICA - The Masonic Care Community is celebrating 125 years!
According to the Masonic Came Community, in 1893 the Masons set a goal to provide high quality care to fellow, elderly Masons. May 1st is the anniversary of the first residents moving onto the campus, and to celebrate the milestone they are planning a party as well as undergoing a multimillion dollar expansion.
“We do see that there is a need for more housing programs for seniors, so we are right now in a project to work toward some finalization of plans. We also are looking at the community wellness aspect and knowing that our community could support some wellness programs and initiatives,” said Robert Raffle, the Masonic Care Community Executive Director.
Originally the campus was called the Masonic Home and School because children were educated on site. In 1906, the children were sent to Utica city schools, so the name was changed to the Masonic Home. Then in 1922 the name changed to the Masonic Home and Hospital. When the hospital transitioned, the name again changed to the Masonic Home and Health Center. Finally, in 2003 the name changed to the current Masonic Care Community.
969 children were raised on the campus over the years. Some were orphaned, but the majority had one parent who was unable to care for them alone. A full-service hospital existed from 1922 to 1969, when the Soldiers and Sailors Building was converted to skilled nursing.
The Community says it is planning a 125th anniversary celebration for May 19th. Admission is free, and there will be activities for kids, food vendors, live music, and fireworks.