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.