Advanced Living Communities was founded in 1962 by the General Conference of the Schwenkfelder Church, a small Christian denomination native to southeastern Pennsylvania. Founded on the values of universal equality and unconditional compassion, Advanced Living opened its first residential retirement community, Schwenckfeld Manor, to low-income seniors in 1974. Advanced Living opened its second community, Schwenckfeld Terrace, in 2008. Advanced Living now serves over 300 residents on its original campus.
Derstine Run, located in Hatfield, welcomed its first residents in 2011 and three of the four buildings planned for that campus are complete and fully occupied.
The third building, The Susie Clemens House, is our newest building and was completed in December 2021.
North Penn Commons, located on Main Street in Lansdale, offers 60 affordable apartments to seniors on a unique shared campus. This campus has been recognized as a national model of inclusive program delivery.
In 2009, Advanced Living’s board of directors unanimously adopted the following mission and vision statements for the organization:
The mission of Advanced Living is to provide affordable housing and services for elderly and disabled persons while they are aging in place and others needing transitional housing.
We, the board and management of Advanced Living Communities, will manifest our love of Jesus Christ by providing affordable living facilities in our region for a diverse population. We will develop affordable, secure, attractive and well-maintained communities. We will provide programs and services to our residents, and with the communities at large, which will ease life transitions.