Use your $300 charitable deduction!

Starting in 2020, folks that do not itemize deductions can claim charitable deductions up to $300 per taxpayer (married couples, filing jointly: $600). Help Legacy friends while reducing your taxes!

The Charitable Care Fund was created to help current and potential residents bridge the gap between their funds and the cost of living at Legacy Place. In the state of Pennsylvania, all personal care homes are considered private pay. While Legacy Place keeps our resident rates as low as possible it is, at times, not feasible for a resident and his/her family to afford personal care. When this is the case, the resident or family member can complete an application for charitable funds. This application is reviewed by members of the Board of Directors and funds are offered when possible. In 2019 alone, the Charitable Care Fund provided $214,382.00 to residents in need.

The money available in this fund depends entirely on donations. Over the past five years, we have received many generous donations. We wish to express our heartfelt thanks to all who have contributed. You have undoubtedly experienced the truth in the words found at Acts 20:35 “…There is more happiness giving than there is in receiving.”

To date, we have applicants that would like to move to Legacy, but are in need of a subsidy. In order for us to help these applicants, and hopefully more in the future, we are in need of donations. We are registered as a 501(c)(3)non-profit organization, so all donations are tax-deductible. Please feel free to contact us with any questions. Thank you for your continued support!

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the most common questions individuals have about making donations to Jah Jireh Homes of America-Allentown. If you have additional questions, please contact us to schedule a discussion.

Who or what is Jah Jireh Homes of America? Is it connected to the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society or the Branch?

Jah Jireh Homes of America-Allentown is the legal name of the non-profit entity that developed and operates Legacy Place Cottages at 2051 Bevin Dr, Allentown, PA. It is the result of the volunteer efforts of a group of witnesses who saw the need for a unique senior care facility for Jehovah’s Witnesses. They were inspired by and continue a warm association with Jah-Jireh Homes of Great Britian which was started over 30 years ago by a brother and his wife. We encourage you to explore their website: In the past 20 years several other groups of witnesses around the world have developed similar facilities.

We are not connected to the Branch or worldwide organization of Jehovah’s Witnesses. We receive no funding from the organization and are an independent non-profit.

In Pennsylvania, all personal care and memory care homes are private pay and we do not receive any government funding. In Pennsylvania, Medicaid, which is a government program designed to help financially qualified elderly with medical care, is not available at the personal care level. It can only be accessed in a skilled nursing facility. Legacy Place is not a skilled nursing facility.

Why is charitable care necessary?

Many of our brothers and sisters have devoted their lives to spiritual pursuits and do not have the funds to pay for a personal care environment. Most do not have adequate pensions to supplement social security benefits to cover the cost. Some did not have children to help them in their old age; many have depleted any savings they may have been able to accumulate. Others come to Legacy Place but eventually exhaust their funds and need help to stay.

Many special full time servants that were not at Bethel at retirement do not have the funds for needed care and do not wish to go to a Medicaid facility which does not offer spiritual support.

How are donated funds used?

All donations are used to support the dear elderly brothers and sisters at Legacy Place.

Some of the ways are:

  • Support of residents who are unable to pay the full cost of care
  • Maintenance of the facilities to meet high standards of quality
  • Purchase and maintenance of necessary equipment required for the care of the elderly
  • Organizing events and activities to ensure that our dear older ones feel upbuilt and encouraged

What is the easiest way to donate?

Just scroll above and enter your information and desired donation. You can also send a check; the address is provided. Any questions, please contact Brother Kyle Dunton at the Legacy Place office.

Can I donate specifically to the care of one individual or couple?

In Pennsylvania, non-profit care homes are not permitted to accept designated donations. If you wish to offset the cost of occupancy for someone, however, it may be possible in other ways. Please contact the office for more information.

What is an electronic funds transfer?

An electronic funds transfer (EFT) or electronic bank transfer (EBT) or electronic check is the transfer of money from one bank account to another. You can make donations by authorizing the transfer of money from your personal bank account to a bank account owned by Jah Jireh Homes of America-Allentown. It can be a single gift or a recurring gift based on your wishes. Contact the office for more details.

Will I receive an acknowledgement for my donation?

Yes, all donations are acknowledged, either electronically or by letter.

Are my donations eligible for an income tax deduction?

Yes, irrevocable donations to a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization are eligible for an income tax deduction in the United States. You must file a tax return and itemize your deductions, and there may be limitations on the amount or timing of the deduction. You can also make a donation from your business and will get a tax receipt. Please contact your tax advisor for additional information.

Can residents use VA benefits or long term care insurance toward care?

Yes. If you quality for VA benefits, we will help you process the necessary paperwork. Those benefits go directly to the qualifying veteran or spouse and they then pay Legacy Place. Similarly, most types of long term care insurance can be used toward residency.