Introducing OneLife Site #4


We can’t contain the news any longer! In August 2021, OneLife Institute will launch our 4th Gap Year site at Pleasant View Communities!

Pleasant View Communities in Manheim, PA is a Life Plan Community located outside of Lancaster and is the future site of OneLife Pleasant View!

What sets Pleasant View apart from other OneLife sites:

Intergenerational, possible internship opportunities, and unique service opportunities within the Pleasant View community.

Why intergenerational community matters and Why partnering with Pleasant View Communities fits OneLife’s mission: 

We believe strongly that the older generation has much to invest in the younger generation and vice-versa. As we maximize our mission to develop and launch servant leaders to live out their faith in every area of life, this new site gives us creative ways to mentor students and deepen community while serving as the hub for our travel and educational experiences. Pleasant View creates unique service experiences that enhances our mission.

Learn more about Pleasant View Communities and their “Perspective of Purpose”
Watch Video Here 

What’s a Life Plan Community?:

A Life Plan Community, like Pleasant View:

  • Offers more than one level of care on a single campus
  • Focuses on an active lifestyle
  • Is integrated into the community with an emphasis on giving back and being socially responsible.

A Life Plan Community allows “planning” and “living” to merge, rather than being in opposition to one another. Having a plan in place—the security of the safety net provided by the availability of healthcare, coupled with the freedom from not having to manage all the day-to-day tasks that come with homeownership—allows for living life to the fullest.”

Read more about it here: FAQ

What experiences will OneLife students have at Pleasant View: 

  • Volunteer and Intern opportunities at Pleasant View 
  • Meals with the Pleasant View


• Secure and private OneLife building with outdoor private patio space.

• A double-occupancy room with private bathroom.

• Dedicated classroom and study space for OneLife students

• Access to a OneLife kitchen area.

• Access to Hearth and Harrow, a restaurant and coffee bar

• A state-of-the-art Pleasant View community fitness center (including a pool and fitness studio)

Want to know more about Intergenerational Living?

 Read Article Here

“In 2018, Pew Research Center reported that a record 64 million Americans, or 20% of the population, lived in multigenerational households.” 

 According to a 2016 study from Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, the number of Americans over 65 is expected to grow from 48 million to 79 million by 2035. By then, the research says, one in every three households will be headed by someone 65 or older.

According to a 2017 study called “Intergenerational Programming in Senior Housing: From Promise to Practice,” from Generations United and the Retirement Research Foundation, having older and younger generations under one roof serves several benefits.

 The study saw a decrease in loneliness, and increases in self-esteem, understanding of one another, trust, and sense of community among both generations when they interacted with each other.

Gerontologist and Georgetown University lecturer Sonya Sterbenz Barsness told Insider that intergenerational programs help build communities, dispel loneliness in both age groups, and normalize interactions between generations.

Facts about Pleasant View:

  1. Home to more than 400 residents and over 300 employees.
  2. Founded in 1955 founding and started as a residential nursing home on a family farm.
  3. Secluded, located on the farmlands of Manheim.
  4. The Mission of Pleasant View Communities: “We aspire to provide healthy, vibrant living – full of joy, meaning and purpose – through passionate, Christ-like service.”
  5. The Pleasant View Communities Core values are…

    Dignity – Respecting and honoring the value of each person’s individuality, needs and interests.
    Kindness – Exhibiting a spirit of warmth, friendliness, gentleness and concern.
    Empathy – Seeking to understand the concerns and feelings of another.
    Compassion – Responding to the needs, hurts and suffering of another.
    Joy – Demonstrating an attitude of happiness and pleasure in serving one another.
    Stewardship – Caring for our relationships and resources as a trust given from God.