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Sweet Senior Prom Held at The Lutheran Home at Hollidaysburg

February 27, 2014 – What better way to wrap up the month of love, than a prom? The Lutheran Home at Hollidaysburg hosted an evening prom complete with DJ entertainment, refreshments and even sparkling cider. Family members and guests joined the celebration. Some residents even had "dates" for the evening. 

The prom was wonderful! Some residents shared that they enjoyed attending special evenings such as this with their spouses in the past and did not think they would have the opportunity to enjoy such an evening again. They loved the dancing!

One additional delight to the team members was finding out that they had full-filled a life long dream for one resident who had always wanted to attend a prom. She never had until this evening. The smiles in the photos tell the story of how the residents felt about their prom.

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The Lutheran Home at Hollidaysburg Welcomes New Administrator

January 20, 2014 - Danni Hale Pettit, MAT, NHA, recently joined the Allegheny Lutheran Social Ministries team as the administrator of The Lutheran Home at Hollidaysburg.

A native of Altoona, Pettit most recently served as the assistant administrator at Southwestern Veterans Center, Pittsburgh. She previously served as Director of School and Family Programs for the Senator John Heinz History Center. She has a diverse background that includes experience in art therapy, sales and marketing, museum education and nonprofit organizational management.

Pettit earned a Master’s degree from The George Washington University, Washington, D.C., and a Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Pittsburgh. She is a licensed Nursing Home Administrator and volunteers her time with a variety of community organizations, including the American Heart Association, Free to Breathe, Dreams Go On, Newry Lutheran Church and various organizations that help animals in need.

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Allegheny Lutheran Social Ministries awarded CARF–CCAC accreditation 

September 10, 2013 - CARF–CCAC announced that Allegheny Lutheran Social Ministries (ALSM) has been awarded a Five-Year Term of Accreditation. This is the first CARF–CCAC accreditation that has been awarded to ALSM and is accredited as an Aging Services Network by the international accrediting body.

“By pursuing and achieving accreditation, ALSM has demonstrated that we meet international standards for quality and are committed to pursuing excellence,” said Dr. Patricia Savage, President/CEO.

An organization receiving a Five-Year Term of Accreditation has voluntarily put itself through a rigorous peer review process and demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site survey that it is committed to conforming to CARF–CCAC’s accreditation conditions and standards. Furthermore, an organization that earns CARF–CCAC accreditation is commended on its quest for quality programs and services.

Allegheny Lutheran Social Ministries (ALSM) is a not-for-profit faith-based organization affiliated with Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Allegheny Synod. Serving our communities for more than 65 years, ALSM employs more than 500 staff and serves an eight-county area in Pennsylvania, including Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Centre, Clearfield, Fulton, Huntingdon and Somerset counties.

ALSM operates retirement living communities, in-home personal care and health care, health care and rehabilitation services, Senior Daily Living Centers, counseling, Growing Years Early Learning Centers, Kid Stop school-age programs, Head Start, Early Head Start and Family Centers of Bedford County.

The Continuing Care Accreditation Commission (CCAC) was founded in 1985 as the nation’s only accrediting body for continuing care retirement communities and similar organizations. In 2003, CCAC merged with CARF, a nonprofit accreditor founded in 1966 that serves a wide range of human service organizations. For more information about the accreditation process, please visit the CARF website at

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ALSM President/CEO Receives Highest LeadingAge PA Award

July 8, 2013 - Dr. Patricia W. Savage, President/CEO of Allegheny Lutheran Social Ministries (ALSM), was presented with the Paul P. Haas Lifetime Achievement Award at the LeadingAge PA Annual Conference in Hershey, PA.

LeadingAge PA’s highest award, the Paul P. Haas Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to a distinguished individual who has demonstrated exemplary leadership, service and commitment to the association and across the state to positively influence and advance the aging services field.

Under Dr. Savage’s leadership as President/CEO at ALSM for the past 17 years, the organization has developed an intergenerational program for young and older adults; added home care focusing on companion services for the senior population; spearheaded the addition of a certified skilled home health program; and added two HUD Senior Housing developments for elderly in low-income communities.

Dr. Savage earned a BA in Psychology from Alvernia University in Reading, PA; a Masters degree in Social Work from Marywood University School of Social Work in Scranton, PA; a Masters degree in Human Resources Administration from the University of Scranton in Scranton, PA; and a PhD in Organizational Leadership from Union Institute & University in Cincinnati, OH. She previously worked as the Director of the Senior Companion Program for Telespond Senior Services in Scranton, PA, and as the Director of Hospice Saint John before being named the Vice President of Program Operations at Lutheran Welfare Service of Northeastern PA, Inc. (now Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries) in Northeastern PA. She joined the ALSM staff in January 1996 as President/CEO.

She is a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW), Leadership Lackawanna Alumnae Association, National Association of Social Workers (NASW); Foundation of the American College of Healthcare Administrators (ACHCA), past member of the Board of Directors of the Blair County Chamber of Commerce, Advisory Board of Penn State Altoona, and Advancement Committee of Evangelical Lutheran Coalition for Mission is Appalachia (ELCMA). Dr. Savage’s leadership roles in professional organizations have included chairing the Boards of Directors of Lutheran Services in America (LSA) and KAIROS Health Systems, Policy Council of Lutheran Advocacy Ministry in PA (LAMPa) and Leadership Council of Lutheran Services in America-PA. She is the past chair of the Steering Committee of Central PA Lutheran Planning Giving and past President of the Rotary Club of Altoona as well as the immediate past President of the Laurel Highlands Chapter of the American Wine Society. She volunteers her time as an interviewer for the Siamese Rescue Center as well as several committees at Zion Lutheran Church, Hollidaysburg where she is a member.  

LeadingAge PA is a trade association representing Pennsylvania not-for-profit organizations that provide housing, healthcare and community services primarily to the elderly. The association was established to provide education and a voice of advocacy for not-for-profit long-term care providers. The LeadingAge PA Distinguished Service Awards Program, established in 1973, encourages members to nominate individuals and organizations that enhance the field of aging services through their involvement, innovation, leadership, or advocacy, as well as personal and organizational generosity.

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In Touch Fall 2013