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Augsburg Lutheran Home and Village Augsburg Lutheran Home and Village, Inc. is a faith-based continuing care retirement community in Baltimore County, Maryland. The facility offers independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing, and rehabilitation services.

Augsburg is supported and owned by over 80 Lutheran churches in the Baltimore area from both the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Delaware-Maryland Synod, and the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. Together, these churches form a band of member churches. Each member church assigns one or two delegates as a liaison between Augsburg and the church. Delegates from these member churches elect a Board of Directors who is responsible for the corporation.[1]

Serving residents since 1892, Augsburg has been a pioneer in the senior care industry, and has established itself as a leader of senior care.[2]

Mission Statement[edit]

“The Board of Directors, administration and staff of Augsburg Lutheran Home and Village are committed to the mission of serving the elderly, particularly our Lutheran brothers and sisters, by caring for them as if they were the Lord Himself. We accomplish this mission by responding to Jesus’ demand that we love the Lord our God with all our heart, all our mind and that we love our neighbor as ourselves. The service of others is at the center of all decisions and actions.”[3]


As a continuing care retirement community Augsburg provides senior care at the independent, assisted, and skilled nursing levels. All amenities are connected by interior hallways, providing easy access to all locations within the community regardless of weather. The 52-acre campus features many green spaces, historic buildings and a chapel.[4]

Independent living, with 138 apartments allow residents to enjoy the comforts, privacy and independence of a private home without the upkeep and expenses of home ownership. Assisted living, with 64 apartments, encourages and facilitates independence while also providing assistance with daily activities such as dressing, bathing, and taking medications. Skilled nursing, with 123 beds in six neighborhoods, provides residents the opportunity to live in house-hold like environment and receive rehabilitation and/or care 24/7.[5]

Culture Change[edit]

Culture change in the long-term care industry is defined as a “national movement for the transformation of older adult services, based on person-directed values and practices where the voices of elders and those working with them are considered and respected. Core person-directed values are choice, dignity, respect, self-determination and purposeful living.”[6]

Based on the above premise, Augsburg has developed an innovative and unique culture change program for its residents and staff. The 12 points of the program include 1) a peaceful and quiet environment, 2) staff/resident interaction and communication, 3) learning circles (resident self-determination), 4) privacy, 5) knowing residents as people, 6) resident life fulfillment, 7) staff empowerment (employee self-direction), 8) serving residents (including activities of daily living) in their homes, 9) real world activities, 10 cooperative operations (modified universal worker), 11) nursing homes without nursing stations, and 12) spirituality and the pursuit of happiness.[7]

In short, the goal of Augsburg’s culture change program is to facilitate residents living as vital members of a community in a social and physical setting that will facilitate self-determination, choice, privacy, respect and the continued pursuit of happiness. Achieving these goals through the culture change program is an intentionally continual process.


Augsburg began on January 28, 1892, when Caroline Lang, a resident of Baltimore, MD, became aware of two children without parents or a place to live. Determined to help, Mrs. Lang expressed her concern for these children with friends from Martini Lutheran Church who had gathered in honor of her birthday. The idea for a church-sponsored refuge was well received and they immediately responded by collecting $3.00 to support the orphanage fund. Today, that $3.00 is affectionately known as the “Augsburg Acorn.”[8]

The ministry quickly expanded its vision to care for seniors. After one year, Augsburg purchased its first building at 746 West Lexington Street in downtown Baltimore. In May of 1892, “The Ladies Society of Augsburg Home” was established.[9] The ladies society was instrumental in providing funds for the children’s board and renovations of the newly purchased building.[10]

When it became clear that larger quarters were necessary to support the growing ministry, the present 52-acre property on Campfield Road was purchased in Baltimore County in 1921. Subsequently, a new facility with a capacity for 35 adults and 60 children was dedicated on November 17, 1929, with 1,200 in attendence.[11]

Over the next few decades, Augsburg continued to grow. The nursing care wing and chapel were just two of the additions.[12] In 1970, the care for orphans was discontinued. As a result, the children’s wing was remodeled to provide additional nursing care beds.

Augsburg experienced more growth in the 1980’s with the addition of 61 independent living apartments, forming the “Village.” Since then, three additional buildings have been added to increase the number of independent living apartments to 138. During this time Augsburg also opened its three-story Health Center, which offered skilled nursing, expanded dining facilities, a new kitchen, and a large activity room.[13]

In the 1990’s Augsburg introduced an adult day care program and assisted living program. The adult day care program was held off campus at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Perry Hall until 2007, when the program was sold. Today Augsburg continues to serve seniors through its independent living, assisted living, innovative health center, and rehabilitation services.[14]


Many churches, other groups, and individuals have supported the ministry of Augsburg over the decades. One of the most prominent groups has been what is now known as the “Augsburg Auxiliary.”

The Auxiliary started in 1893, when the “Evangelical Lutheran Ladies’ Society of the Augsburg Home” was incorporated.[15] This was a group of mission-minded women who included founder Caroline Lang, that God used to realize the vision, provide seed money, help run the operation, and ensure the ministry’s future.[16]

This group worked tirelessly to form a Board of Directors (which included men), solicit funds, and spread the word about caring for seniors and orphans in need. The ladies sponsored many fund raisers including suppers, picnics, fairs, bazaars, a sewing circle that created and sold items, and appeals to local churches.[17]

The Ladies Society eventually reorganized into “The Ladies Aid.” In 1946 the name changed to “The Augsburg Women’s Auxiliary,” and with the desire for men to join the organization, the name was changed to the “Augsburg Auxiliary” in 2007.[18] Today, the Auxiliary continues to enthusiastically support Augsburg by raising funds to meet financial needs.


The basic needs of two orphans in Baltimore city became the inspiration for Caroline Lange to start Augsburg in 1892, with the ministry to officially include care for seniors only a few months later. From 1892 to 1970, Augsburg cared for hundreds of orphans. In the 1930’s there were over 60 children being cared for at one time.[19] The criteria for admission included no infants and the absence of two parents. There were many groups of brothers and sisters in the home. The children attended local schools, learned trades, played in a little league,[20] and interacted with the elderly. The orphanage was discontinued in 1970.

Executive Directors and Superintendents[edit]

There have been numerous superintendents (now called Executive Directors) throughout the history of Augsburg: Mrs. Catherine Vogt 1895–1920 Rev. Otto Weinbach 1920–1921 Rev. Christopher Merkel 1922–1924 Sister Elise Ebersach 1924 Sister Milda Knuepher 1925 Theodore Katenkamp 1925–1963 Mr. Leonard Buckheit 1964 Mr. Paul A. Hauer 1964–1968 Acting: Elof Peterson 1968–1969 Rev. Justus H. Liesmann 1969–1971 Rev. Floyd Duff 1971–1980 Rev. Norman O. Payne 1980–1990 Mr. Garret A. Falcone 1991–1993[21] Paul Joyce 1993–1995 Glenn Scherer 1995–Present


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  8. ^ Augsburg Lutheran Home: A Century of Caring, 1892-1992. June, 1992.
  9. ^ “Events Abroad,” The Baltimore Sun, Jul 10, 1893, pg. 1.
  10. ^ “Raising Funs for the Augsburg Lutheran Home,” The Baltimore Sun, August 4, 1892, pg. 8.
  11. ^ “1,200 At Dedication of Augsburg Home” The Baltimore Sun, Nov 18, 1929, pg. 4.
  12. ^ “Cornerstone Laid At Augsburg Home” The Baltimore Sun, July 21, 1948, pg. 19.
  13. ^ “331 New Nursing Home Beds Approved” by David Brown, The Baltimore Sun, Feb. 19, 1982, pg. D4.
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  15. ^ “Events Abroad,” The Baltimore Sun, Jul 10, 1893, pg. 1.
  16. ^ The Augsburg Home Auxiliary: How it Began—How it Grew
  17. ^ “Augsburg Orphan And Aged Picnic,” The Baltimore Sun, Aug. 4, 1911, pg. 9.
  18. ^ The Augsburg Home Auxiliary: How it Began—How it Grew
  19. ^ 1934 Augsburg Annual Report
  20. ^ “Little League Formed Along Liberty Road,” The Baltimore Sun, Feb. 16, 1963, pg. 17.
  21. ^ Augsburg Lutheran Home: A Century of Caring, 1892-1992.

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