This issue does not affect my immediate family or me, but I know it will become a growing problem in the coming decades; an issue I will continue to discuss with our Masonic leadership in the future.There is also a wait time of about 12-18 months before being admitted into the Covina Masonic Home, and 12-24 months for the Union City Home.She has since passed away; but it would have been a comfort to know that she could also have been eligible to stay at one of the two homes, or use the other available services, if it was needed. It is not a prevalent problem right now, but it may be in the future.A Mason must be aware of a few other eligibility issues as well. My age generation was discouraged from taking out STUDENT LOANS to pay for college; not so today.It is always better to ask then wait to find out later you had done something wrong.I do want to emphasize several key points before writing any further about this Masonic Jewel in California.I had the opportunity to visit the Masonic Home in Covina, California a couple of weeks ago. This time I was attending a District VIII Lodge Outreach Program.It was an all-day affair to help spread the word about California’s Masonic Assistance Programs for Freemasons in the state.
In short, to be eligible for these services make sure your dues are paid; as well, become a member of a Lodge in California.
As liaison coordinators for this program in our Lodges, we are expected to share this knowledge with our Brethren and their families.
Moreover, we are expected to attend further training sessions each quarter for the duration of our participation.
It should also be mentioned that the Masonic assistance phone-line, 1-888-466-3642, is ready to help any Mason or family member who might have questions, not just California Freemasons.
Several examples were given at this training conference, which demonstrated an overt willingness to help Masonic families connect with services in other states.