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Lancaster Downtowners

Lancaster Downtowners is a community that encourages independent living by providing social connection, volunteer support and links to services to help members live well in their own homes as long as possible during retirement. A network of people who share a common passion for downtown Lancaster as the community of choice for their retirement years, the Downtowners include individuals who have already retired and are living in the city, others who anticipate living downtown for their retirement years, and younger people supportive of the Downtowners initiative. 


Volunteer services, such as transportation to social events or medical appointments; technology assistance; and help with light household tasks, can make the difference in allowing someone to continue living and thriving in their own home. By remaining in the City of Lancaster, members contribute to the vitality of the community through volunteerism, leadership and intergenerational relationships.


Recently, Lancaster Downtowners, in partnership with Landis Communities, named an Executive Director, Melissa Ressler, a downtown Lancaster resident who holds a degree in Gerontology.


Office location: Steeple View Lofts, 118 N. Water St., Lancaster. For more information, visit

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