In the late 1960’s, Reverend Dr. Jule Ayers and Monsignor Donald McAndrews began

discussions with various religious organizations to see how they could help resolve

the growing need for low and moderate income housing in the greater Wyoming

Valley area. As a result of these discussions, The First Presbyterian Church of

Wilkes-Barre, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Scranton, the Jewish Federation of

Greater Wilkes-Barre, and the Metropolitan Lutheran Council of Wyoming Valley

sponsored and created Ecumenical Enterprises, Inc. (EEI).

EEI started with single-family home construction and performed home

rehabilitation in Wilkes-Barre and Nanticoke. In 1973, EEI opened a 215 unit

housing complex near the Coal Street Park in Wilkes-Barre. Interfaith Heights

Apartments was a mixture of garden apartments and town houses designated for

moderate-income individuals and families. EEI was fulfilling its initially perceived


After opening Interfaith Heights, EEI set its sights toward housing for the elderly,

handicapped and disabled. In early 1981 they opened the Meadows Apartments,

a 120 unit building in Dallas, and in October 1982 they opened the Midtowne

Apartments, a 56 unit building in Wyoming.

EEI recognized that there was now a need to provide for those individuals who

could no longer live independently or required specialized care. In August 1983

they opened the Meadows Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. The 130 skilled bed

nursing facility is located on their Meadows Campus in Dallas.

The movement into the nursing care field did not diminish EEI’s role in housing. In

April 1984, it opened the 100 unit Garden Village Apartments in West Pittston. The

growth continued in 1988 by building the Hi-Meadows Apartments. This 40 unit

apartment building is located on their Meadows Campus. In December 1990, EEI

constructed another 40 unit apartment building in Glen Lyon named the Ken Pollock

Apartments. The Maple City Apartments were opened in the spring of 1991. This

40 unit apartment building is located in Honesdale. Finally, in December 1992,

EEI purchased the Trucksville Manor Apartments, a 13 unit building located in


To complete the missing link for elderly services at the Meadows Campus, a 66

bed personal care facility, The Meadows Manor, was completed in early 1997. The

Meadows Manor also includes 2 independent apartments known as the Meadows

Senior Living Community.

In 2000, EEI opened The Little Meadows Learning Center. The center provides child

care to over 100 children. By being located on the Meadows Campus in Dallas, it is

able to provide intergenerational activities with the nursing center, personal care

home and elderly apartments.