Winter 2016

On The Cover

The photo on the cover of the Winter 2016 issue of Spirit magazine shows the March 1960 groundbreaking ceremony at Fairhaven Community in Upper Sandusky, Ohio.

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Inside the Issue:

Scouts Spruce Up Space at Fairhaven

  Working together, the girls weeded, mulched, planted flowers, painted a rock, and planned activities in the improved space. The final project included poems, music, prayer, and the release of hundreds of butterflies into the garden. To earn the Silver Award, the highest a Girl Scout cadet can earn, they…

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Matt Hatten: Nursing Hero

  Matt was featured on the OHCA website ( during the month of February, and will be recognized at its annual convention in May in Columbus. Mary Casey, administrator at Four Winds, says that Matt is passionate about serving the community and its residents. “It’s not unusual for staff, residents,…

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Nollau Institute: United Church Homes Invests in Leaders

“A servant leader encourages others to embrace and share their God-given gifts to make life better for others,” said Amy. “When we work together and live the mission, vision and core values, we create and provide more abundant life for the people we serve.” Much of the program involves internal…

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Chapel Hill Community Participates in National Research Trial

  “SAIDO Learning was shown to improve symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias in research trials...” Chapel Hill Community in Canal Fulton, Ohio, has been selected to participate in a research trial that will test the effectiveness of the cognitive rehabilitation therapy approach called SAIDO Learning. Known in Japan…

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Sally Hille: Record-Breaking DJ

  Sally was always interested in radio broadcasting. It was her life. She wrote commercials, some show copy, and eventually reported on the weather. Everything was done live in the studio. She sweet-talked management into what she wanted to do, especially being on the air. “No one wants women on…

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2015 Employee Giving Campaign: Cheerful Givers

  …Give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:7 The Employee Giving Campaign demonstrates the dedication of United Church Homes’ employees to our mission to transform aging by building a culture of community, wholeness…

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Introducing a New Partnership to Guide Giving

  We plan the way we want, but only God makes us able to live it. Proverbs 16:9 United Church Homes is excited to announce a new partnership with Thompson & Associates that will provide values-based estate planning for its friends and supporters. The process is designed to help develop…

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Donor Spotlight: First Congregational Church UCC of Columbus

  The Rev. Dr. Timothy Ahrens, pastor of First Congregational Church UCC of Columbus (First Church), has connections to United Church Homes that are personal and date back 75 years. His great-grandparents once lived at Fairhaven Community in Upper Sandusky, Ohio. His grandfather, Rev. Hugo Carl Kellenmeyer, was the superintendent…

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George Fagert: Guarding General Patton

  He was recognized for bravery in combat while serving with the 90th Division in World War II, from just after the D-Day invasion in June 1944, through the Battle of the Bulge, until the war in Europe ended in May 1945. George enlisted in the Army after graduating from…

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Centennial Celebration

  “In the courageous standing of uncertainty, faith shows most visibly its dynamic character.” -Paul Tillich Inspiration The earliest days of United Church Homes no doubt drew heavily upon the inspiring story of the organization’s founding — a committee of five Toledo church leaders appointed to develop a fledgling ministry,…

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