To promote quality Christian residential facilities and supportive services in an atmosphere of Christ-like love and care for the whole person.
Upland Manor is an Independent Senior Christian Living Community located in Upland, CA. We are right in the heart of Southern California, in the Inland Empire: San Bernardino County near Rancho Cucamonga, Claremont, and Montclair. We focus on providing whole care for both the body and soul. As part of the Brethren in Christ Church, we work to create an inviting, loving community where we cultivate a holistic living experience that focuses on both body and soul. Upland Manor is home to 50 apartments ranging from studios, to one bedroom and two bedroom units. We offer competitively priced apartments for anyone 55 years or older. Additionally, we have a host of free and low cost amenities, which provide comfort and care for our residents.
Every successful project is an idea put into action. Thus it was that in 1966, Reverend Alvin Burkholder (the then-Bishop of the Pacific Conference of the Brethren in Christ denomination,) visualized a retirement complex for Christian senior citizens on the West Coast. It was presented and approved by the Upland congregation and later by the Regional Conference, and a committee of nine was appointed. The members were: Reuben Asper, Dwight Bert, Miriam Bowers, H. H. Brubaker, Clarence Byer, Glen Byer, Leslie Guengerich, Doris Hensley, Cecil Meares, and Bishop Burkholder as an ex-officio member.
Questionnaires/surveys were distributed to determine interest, levels of service, and possible locations. At that time, there was not sufficient interest shown in senior citizen housing to warrant further activity by the committee. Five years later, the issue was raised again and the committee was reactivated.
On August 4th, 1971, a special session of the Pacific Conference approved the purchase of the Arrow Highway property. Also approved in principle were the basic plans for a building, and cost thereof. A senior citizen housing board was approved, consisting of: Dwight Bert, Curtis Byer, Doris Hensley, Martin Longanecker, Harold Musser, Ray Musser, Aaron Stern, and Bishop Arther Climenhaga.
Encouraged by the response and support of the church, plans were soon underway. Except for Pomona First Federal, few financial institutions showed any interest in funding the project, and a loan was soon procured. The design of the building reflected the architecture of the decade. The building was constructed to be salable as an apartment complex, in the event that the conference later moved the facility elsewhere.
On July 16, 1972, the service of dedication was held by Upland Manor, and Bishop Burkholder's dream became a reality.
By 1975, additional apartments were needed and an adjoining lot was purchased, allowing the construction of twelve larger units. Groundbreaking was held in May of 1976.
In addition to the many volunteers, board members, committees, and others who so willingly offered their expertise were the managers, who for a number of years served in a voluntary service capacity. These were: Mr. & Mrs. Allen Heise from Canada, followed by Mr. & Mrs. Woodrow Wiles, Rev. & Mrs. Paul Hill, and Rev. & Mrs. Arthur Climenhaga.
During the past 45+ years, many volunteers from various Brethren in Christ churches have given their time and energy to assist in activities and services at the Manor. These have included assistant managers, food service directors, assistants in care homes, and young people through the voluntary service program of the church.