Morningside Ministries President and CEO Alvin Loewenberg to Retire After 26 Years
He has served on numerous non-profit boards sharing his expertise on various community issues for decades; however, Alvin Loewenberg will be long remembered for his 26 years of leadership as President and CEO of Morningside Ministries, a faith-based not-for-profit community comprised of three senior living locations providing retirement, assisted living, nursing and rehabilitation and memory care.
The Board of Directors led by Chairman Bob Scott has undergone a statewide search for Loewenberg’s successor and is expected to announce his replacement within the next few weeks.
While working hard to advance the rights of seniors and garner support for geriatric care, without losing sight of Morningside’s core mission, Loewenberg has overseen significant changes on Morningside’s two San Antonio campuses – Morningside Ministries at the Chandler Estate in Monte Vista, and Morningside Ministries at the Manor/Meadows at Babcock and St. Cloud. Important renovations and programs aimed at providing residents the best facilities, amenities, services, and activities were carried out under his ministry of leadership.
Under his watch, the Board of Directors boldly voted to expand Morningside Ministries’ caregiving services and residential independent living to Boerne. A brand new community was constructed on 34 acres of land near Highway 46 and I-10 West, and a mere 30 minute commute from San Antonio. In Boerne, Morningside Ministries at Menger Springs is stemming the tide of older Americans moving to the Hill Country.
Loewenberg’s award-winning operation has garnered industry recognition nationally and internationally, but most recently was recognized by nationally-based LeadingAge as the 2016 Winner for Excellence in Not-For-Profit Leadership, which recognizes innovators in senior services and community involvement.
His advocacy for senior rights in the halls of the statehouse and Congress has earned him distinction among legislators but more importantly on a personal level the satisfaction of meeting the needs of seniors at all the communities under the Morningside Ministries umbrella.
Under Loewenberg’s leadership, Morningside Ministries has been able to meet the needs of seniors and caregivers beyond its walls through mmLearn.org, a program of Morningside Ministries and the Elizabeth McGown Training Institute. Created in 2007, mmLearn.org, an award-winning online training program, offers innovative, informative and educational web-based training programs centered on care-giving and aging in older adults.
“From the onset Alvin’s leadership was apparent to me. His devotion to the residents was clearly evidenced by his familiarity with each individual, knowing and remembering their names,” says board member Vicki Boyce. “I was always impressed by how he made sure Morningside Ministries always delivered above and beyond what is required, and with great passion.”
“There are many wonderful older adults who call Morningside Ministries their home, and that alone quite possibly is one of the most satisfying accomplishments of my tenure here,” explains Loewenberg. Morningside Ministries has faithfully served the San Antonio community for more than 55 years.
His guiding hand on managing such demographic watershed periods has earned him “Health Care Hero” commendation from the San Antonio Business Journal. Loewenberg has served on numerous boards and committees in the community and nationally. Locally he has been a board member of Goodwill, the North San Antonio Chamber, the Alamo Work Source Board and currently serves as the immediate past-chair of the board of ARTS San Antonio. Last year, Mayor Ivy Taylor appointed him to the San Antonio Works board.
For one non-profit entity in particular – Jefferson Outreach – Loewenberg’s involvement has been a “Godsend to us. He truly is a visionary. I love him to death,” says Doris Griffin, executive director of Jefferson Outreach. Started in 1984, Jefferson Outreach was itinerant when it came to offices. A group dedicated to helping seniors age with dignity at home, the non-profit had no permanent home. That changed when Loewenberg carved out some space at Morningside Ministries for the group’s offices on a very generous sliding scale rent basis.
On a State Level, he has served as Chair of the Board of LeadingAge and has received their Award of Honor and the Award of Merit. He currently serves on the LeadingAge national Board in Wahsington, D.C. and has chaired numerous committees for the national organization.
“Alvin is and continues to be a trusted voice in the country on aging in America,” says Washington, D.C. -based LeadingAge CEO, Katie Smith Sloan.
About Morningside Ministries
Morningside Ministries is San Antonio’s oldest and largest not-for profit, faith-based, senior care organization dedicated with the specific mission to enhance the dignity and the quality of life of older adults, their families and care givers with compassionate care. Morningside Ministries has served the San Antonio community since 1961 with Morningside Ministries at the Meadows and The Manor, Morningside Ministries at Chandler Estate and Morningside Ministries at Menger Springs. Today we continue to serve over 800 residents in retirement, assisted living, nursing and memory care. For more information, please visit www.mmliving.org.