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Initial Vision | Planning | Construction | Addition | People | Facilities | The Future
Every successful project is an idea put into action. Thus
it was that Rev. Alvin Burkholder, then Bishop of the
Pacific Conference, visualized a retirement complex for
senior citizens on the West Coast. It was presented
and approved by the Upland congregation, later by the
Regional Conference, and a committee of nine was
appointed. Members were: Reuben Asper, Dwight
Bert, Miriam Bowers, H. H. Brubaker, Clarence Byer,
Glen Byer, Leslie Guengerich, Doris Hensley, Cecil
Meares, and Bishop Burkholder as an ex-officio
Questionnaires/Surveys were distributed to determine
interest, levels of service, and possible areas of
location. There was not sufficient interest shown in
senior citizen housing to warrant further activity by
the committee. Five years later, the issue was raised
again and the committee was reactivated.
A special session of the Pacific Conference on
August 4, 1971, approved the purchase of the Arrow
Highway property. Also approved in principle were
the basic plans for a building and cost thereof. A
senior citizen housing board was approved
consisting of: Dwight Bert, Curtis Byer, Doris Hensley,
Martin Longanecker, Harold Musser, Ray Musser,
Aaron Stern, and Bishop Arther Climenhaga.
Encouraged by the response and support of the
church, plans were soon under way. Few financial
institutions showed any interest in funding the project
except Pomona First Federal and a loan was
procurred from them. The design of the building
reflected the architecture of the decade, and was so
built as to be salable as an apartment complex in the
event the conference later moved the facility
elsewhere. On July 16, 1972, the service of
dedication was held by the Manor and Bishop
Burkholder's dream became a reality.
By 1975, additional apartments were
needed and an adjoining lot was purchased
allowing the construction of twelve larger
units. Groundbreaking was held in May in
In addition to the many volunteers, board
members, committees, and others who so
willingly offered their expertise, were the
managers who for a number of years
served in a voluntary service capacity.
These were: Mr. & Mrs. Allen Heise from
Canada, followed by Mr. & Mrs.
Woodrow Wiles, Rev. & Mrs. Paul Hill,
and Rev. & Mrs. Arthur Climenhaga.
During the past twenty five years many
volunteers from various Brethren in Christ
churches have also given of their time and
energy to assist in activities and services
at the Manor, including assistant managers,
food service directors, assistants in care
homes, and young people through the
voluntary service program of the church.
Other managers have included:
Mr. & Mrs. Del Oswald, Rev. & Mrs. Ralph Wenger, Mr. & Mrs. Neal Longenecker, Mr. & Mrs. Leon Engle, and Executive Director, Nicholas Hankins.
The residents at Upland Manor enjoy
living in its comfortable, friendly
surroundings, which include two modern
laundry rooms, two elevators,
free circulating hot water, van
transportation, ten free dining room meals,
monthly additional meals at a reasonable
cost, in-house library, copier availability,
a furnished guest room and bath at a nominal
rate, fee for service housekeeping, special
events and programs.
It has become evident that we now need
a facility offering additional levels of care
for our senior citizens. Although at one
time assisted living was offered in
several adjoining houses, this service
was discontinued when voluntary
service workers were no longer
available and the space capacity was too
limited to economically warrant
The present Board of Trustees is
exploring possibilites for development of
future senior care services.