Worry-free Senior Living

How to Help Senior Residents


Your donations are important to us and can help make a resident’s day better and brighter. If you wish to donate items to our Home, we are in need of the following items:

  • Depends Undergarments (women’s L and XL)
  • Disposable Bed Underpads
  • Mouthwash (personal size)
  • Adult Coloring Books (simple designs/pictures)
  • Word Search Books (not crossword)
  • Diabetic Candy (individually wrapped)
  • Bingo Prizes

These may be delivered to the Home or ordered online and sent to the Episcopal Home at 206 Burd St., Shippensburg PA 17257.

Companion with a Resident Program

“Wisdom is with the aged, and understanding in length of days.” – Job 12:12

The Episcopal Home welcomes everyone – community groups, student organizations, neighbors, friends – to share their time and talents with residents through our Companion with a Resident Program. With our program, we hope to:

  • Deepen our understanding of the gifts, challenges, and wisdom of the aging
  • Assist the residents, especially those receiving SSI, to meet their basic needs
  • Enhance the life of the residents by offering them increased agency, freedom, and privacy of choice

We encourage companions to contribute however they can to assist in the comfort and livelihood of our residents. This can include coming to visit, volunteering their time for activities, or contributing in the following ways:

Interactive Contributions

  • Sponsor and join residents in a special activity such as an ice cream social, pizza party, pie day, or wine and cheese party
  • Visit with a resident and participate in an activity with them like baking, bingo, or crafts

Financial Contributions

  • Pay for resident’s cable bill ($25/month)
  • Voucher for “free haircut” ($10/haircut- generally once a month)
  • Gift card at a local restaurant (Pizza Hut, Green Village Restaurant, Alfredo’s)
  • Donate toward monthly board fee (donations made to our general benevolent care fund)
  • Gift card at local stores (CVS, Walmart, Giant)
  • Gift card at store to purchase shoes
  • Gift card at Alert Pharmacy for medications

Other Concrete Contributions

  • Valentines
  • Large-print books
  • Notes or note cards
  • Christmas tree ornaments
  • Book of prayers/blessings
  • Contemplative coloring book
  • Postage stamps
  • Diabetic candy, individually wrapped
  • Large print word find book
  • Depends (Incontinent care)
  • Hearing aid batteries

Larger Gifts for Residents

  • Electric Lift Chairs (recliners) – new
  • Flat Screen TV (30-36″) – new

For those receiving SSI, they have $85.00 for spending money to include all of the following:

  • Cable Bill – $25/month
  • Haircut – $10/month
  • Medications (often $100 or more a month)
  • Depends (provided by EH if needed and not able to afford them)
  • Hearing aid batteries
  • Special food they like beyond what is normally provided
  • Money for dinner out with the residents once a month
  • Church contributions
  • Gifts for family members
  • Personal clothing
  • Larger items:
    • Shoes
    • Eyeglasses
    • Hearing aids
  • Cards to mail
  • Postage stamps
  • Cell phone usage (often included in person’s family plan)
  • Toiletries other than that which is provided by EH (toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, denture cleaner, deodorant, Kleenex)

Ways to organize your giving:

  • For all residents
    • Sponsor a fun activity and come and share it with them
    • Contribute to our general benevolent care fund
    • Offer Depends to be used by whomever is in need
    • Offer gift cards at Alert Pharmacy (when residents bills become overdue)
    • Offer contributions for eyeglasses (whoever would need a new pair) or hearing aids
    • Offer contributions for hearing aids, clothing, etc. for whenever a need arises
  • For a specific resident (The Home would choose the person, companions could come and interview and/or visit the resident, or write/send gifts specifically for this person)
    • Contributions could be concrete items or financial contributions or a combination thereof
  • Contribute throughout the year in desired amount for designated donation ($10/month, $25/month, $50/month, $100/month, or other amount) – such as assistance with medications, hearing aids, eyeglasses, shoes (often orthopedic)


Have another way to help or a suggestion? Please call, (717) 532-4612, and make an appointment.