News release from Luther Manor

Employees of a non-profit senior living community were recently honored for the years they’ve dedicated to providing service to older adults.

Luther Manor, located at 4545 N. 92nd St., honored more than 100 staff members for employment milestones ranging from five years of service to 35 and beyond. Luther Manor currently employs about 700 full and part-time employees.

“Thank you for continuing to bring Luther Manor’s mission to life,” said Luther Manor President and CEO Pastor David Keller. Keller addressed employees at a recognition banquet Feb. 7 in Luther Manor’s on-site restaurant, Chives American Grill.

“This evening is designed to be a special way of saying ‘thank you’ for your part in fulfilling Luther Manor’s mission and in helping to maintain our quality care reputation and the life enrichment that our residents and program participants enjoy,” he said.

About 800 people call Luther Manor “home,” living at either the 29-acre campus in Wauwatosa, or at River Oaks, Luther Manor’s Mequon campus. In addition, about 80 people participant in Luther Manor’s Adult Day Service programs in Wauwatosa and Grafton.

The journey to becoming Luther Manor began in the fall of 1956, when Rev. William B. Downey, pastor of Fox Point Lutheran Church, appointed a committee to study the needs of older adults and how to best meet them. The recommendation that emerged was to build a 65-person facility to serve the aging population of the greater Milwaukee area. From this recommendation was borne the United Lutheran Program for the Aging (ULPA), a non-profit, faith-based organization advocating for the needs of older adults of all faiths.

After several years of planning, the ULPA purchased a 29-acre site in Wauwatosa and construction began on a 97-bed residential retirement community that is today known as Luther Manor. Luther Manor’s mission is to share God’s love by enriching the lives of older adults through excellent housing, care and services.

“Without a dedicated, hard-working staff, our mission could not be accomplished,” said Kathy Czarniak, who serves on the ULPA Board of Directors. “It is the employees that carry out this mission on a day-to-day basis, and who have the opportunity to make a difference through their interactions with the residents, their families and friends.”

An accredited senior living community, Luther Manor has been caring and advocating for seniors for more than 50 years. In addition to apartment homes, assisted living and long-term care options, Luther Manor offers rehabilitation, adult day and supportive services, hospice care and community outreach programs. For more information, call (414) 464-3880 or visit

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