Church Ladies Adopt a Home!

On September 10th, five church ladies showed up with over 200 baked goods at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Bethlehem, said a little prayer and hoped for the best.

Their prayers were answered when they raised nearly $500 for a LifePath group home under LifePath’s new Adopt-A-Home program.

The money raised from the women’s assortment of brownies, cakes, cookies and pies will benefit the residents at Rosewood, a LifePath community home in Bethlehem.

The women, who are all part of the Social Ministry Committee of Holy Cross Lutheran Church of Bethlehem, Pa. recently “adopted” the home as part of LifePath’s new “Adopt-A-Home” program which offers local businesses, congregations and service groups the chance to make a real difference in the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Adopt-A-Home volunteers can visit with the individuals at the homes, perform practical and feasible upkeep at the homes, host one fundraiser each year, and will be invited to walk with LifePath at the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community.

"Adopt-A-Home is a wonderful opportunity for the church’s Social Ministry Committee to interact with the ladies and staff from Rosewood," said Judy Iasiello, the mother of Rosewood resident Nikki Iasiello, who is a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church and LifePath Foundation board member.

“This weekend the women from the church were so excited to finally meet the Rosewood residents…and the ladies from Rosewood were just as excited to be there,” she said.

LifePath has over 100 community homes and program sites spanning seven Pennsylvania counties and operates within a half percentage point of a gain or loss each year. Because of this, LifePath evaluates costs and makes provisions for only those things necessary to maintain quality living and compassionate care.

Each year, Judy and husband Terry raise money to benefit LifePath and the residents of Rosewood on behalf of the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community. Last year, Rosewood raised over $4,000.  

Now, thanks to the Social Ministry ladies, Judy and Terry will get some help. With the $500 bake sale, they’re off to a great start.