Who we are

Methodist Homes for the Aged (Eastern Cape)---MHA---is engaged in the business of providing affordable, secure, comfortable accommodation as well as caring, professional frail care facilities to qualifying retired persons and, as far as we are able to, providing products and services for all phases of their ageing process.  We endeavour to create and maintain a loving and supportive community-focused environment, subscribing to Christian values.

MHA is a Non-Profit Organization, and occupation of a cottage, apartment or room is almost exclusively on a Life Right Endowment basis (go to the Explanations on our website, for more information on this, and other specific details).

While we communicate and collaborate with Methodist Homes in Johannesburg from time to time, MHA in Port Elizabeth has no connection to them in any organizational or financial way, and the two businesses are entirely separate and independent.

In 1976 Reverend George Irvine was transferred by the Methodist Church from Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth.  While in the East Rand area of Johannesburg he had become very involved in the Methodist Homes organization which was already established there.  On arrival in Port Elizabeth he recognized the need for a similar organization here, and so set about surrounding himself with like-minded individuals in order to plot the way forward.

Methodist Homes for the Aged (Eastern Cape) was formally established as a legal entity in January 1982, and the first residential village was occupied in 1985.  Since those modest beginnings a further five villages and two Bedsitter blocks, as well as two Frail Care facilities and a Head Office building, were developed or acquired and, today, spread across the city, MHA has:



v  6 villages comprising 324 cottages

v  34 bedsitter-flatlet units

v  20 boarding house-style rooms

v  2 Frail Care centres, totalling 63 beds, in private or shared accommodation

v  Approximately 560 residents

v  Approximately 125 staff


MHA is an organization which is run according to professional business disciplines, under the direction of a Board of volunteer Directors and an efficient Head Office, and is financially strong.