In the meantime, a group of concerned pastors and laymen of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod in Iowa held meetings at Williamsburg, Iowa, to discuss the feasibility of providing a home for the care of the elderly in a Christian setting. At this time, in the mid 1940’s, many elderly people were compelled by circumstances beyond their control to live in substandard conditions. Crowded rooms, poor quality meals and less than adequate nursing care were all motivating considerations. Most importantly, regular spiritual care and the counsel and comfort of God’s Word were often missing or unavailable to people with special needs. By God’s grace, the efforts of these concerned Christians led to the establishment of the Lutheran Home for the Aged Association.
Perry has not been the only town to be touched by the Lutheran Home for the Aged Association; Nursing Homes have also been built or bought in Vinton (1952) and Davenport (1971). Over the years, God blessed the ministry of the Association, and many of God’s elderly children have received the finest quality of physical and spiritual care at our Homes.
On September 1, 1999, The Lutheran Home for the Aged Association divided into two separate Associations, adding the word “East” or “West” to the original name as appropriate. Our Association assumed ownership of the Perry Lutheran Home. We began to make direct contact with the congregations of the Iowa District West of Synod, and have gained support from them.
While we have changed to meet the changing needs of society, we have remained faithful to the vision of those who founded the Association: To provide the highest quality of spiritual and physical care to the elderly. We are committed to the urgency of our Lord’s Great Commission: “Go into all the world and make disciples of all nations”. By God’s grace, we will continue to serve, as we have in the past and with the congregations of the Iowa District West proclaim the love of Christ to all who will receive it. Our history is but a foretaste of our anticipations for our future.