Grounded in Our Heritage, Framing the Future.
Our heritage is that which has been handed down to us from one generation to another. Grounded in our past, our heritage shapes who we are in the present, and who we will be as we envision and create our future.
Integrace’s heritage springs from grace and the power of relationships. Integrace began with the grace of Frank and Viola Beasman’s “Fairhaven” dairy farm, their resources, and a vision. But their generous gift was the fruit of a relationship.
The Beasmans lived in Baltimore, near the Episcopal Cathedral of the Incarnation, where Jack Peabody was Dean. Through the relationship they developed over many years as neighbors, friends, and pastor, a shared dream was kindled; a vision of creating community for aging men and women, through which unmet needs and dreams could be fulfilled.
In 1970, the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland became the stewards of the Beasman’s Fairhaven Farm, their resources, and this shared vision. In 1974, the Diocese created “Episcopal Ministries to the Aging, Inc.”, whose purpose was “to satisfy the full needs of the aging throughout Maryland”.
Since then, many people have connected their passion with the unmet needs and dreams of older adults, and become part of a larger purpose. This is the heritage with which we have been blessed.
In our Mission Statement, we affirm “We are an organization graced by the passion, talent, and commitment of our people, and together we are creating community.” As we reach boldly into the future, we believe that together, we are better. We believe that together, we can create limitless opportunities for meaningful living. We believe that together, we can change the perception of aging. And we believe that through the power of community, grace continues to flow.