Glenwood Community, Harmar Place Donor Appreciation Dinner Recognizes Giving

Honored Guests - Glenwood Appreciation Dinner
Glenwood Community and Harmar Place, both United Church Homes communities, honored a couple and three individuals for their faithful support at the annual Donor Appreciation Dinner on July 13, 2019. Pictured are (from row, from left) Sally Roberts, Rev. Dr. Ben M. Herbster Award for Glenwood; Sharon Sutton, Glenwood resident and volunteer, Spirit Award; Sue Boulton, Harmar Place administrator; (back row) Linda Dailey, Glenwood executive director; Roger Roberts, Rev. Dr. Ben M. Herbster Award for Glenwood; and Stephen Carr, volunteer, Spirit Award for Harmar Place.

MARIETTA – Glenwood Community and Harmar Place, both United Church Homes communities, hosted their Donor Appreciation Dinner on Aug. 13, 2019. The event honored individuals who donate time and offer financial support to the UCH mission.

This year, the communities gave two awards: the Ben M. Herbster Award to devoted donors and the Spirit Award to faithful volunteers.

Roger and Sally Roberts, residents of Glenwood Community, and the late Phyllis Buckley Ayers received the prestigious Ben M. Herbster Award for their financial support of Glenwood and Harmar Place, respectively.

The Robertses have lived at Glenwood since July 2010. They were instrumental as liaisons between Marietta Memorial Health System, United Church Homes and Glenwood residents when UCH merged with Glenwood in 2016. More recently, they spearheaded an effort to establish an endowment fund for Glenwood, which will be administered by United Church Homes to benefit Glenwood for years to come.

Ayers was a resident of Belpre, Ohio, and 91 at the time of her passing Nov. 1, 2016. Prior to her passing, Ayers visited Harmar Place regularly as her brother, Howard, was a resident there. She was pleased with the care provided to him and became like family with staff.

After her passing, Harmar Place learned that Ayers had made a generous estate gift to the community, totaling over $90,000. With the gift, Harmar Place purchased a new bus to transport residents to medical appointments and on activities trips.

Sharon Sutton, a Glenwood resident, and Stephen Carr received the 2019 Spirit Award for Glenwood and Harmar Place, respectively.

When Sutton moved to Glenwood, she found great interest among residents in starting a bell choir. She now leads a bells group that has been making music for about four years. In addition, Sutton crochets lap blankets and donates them to local causes, such as Strecker Cancer Center at Marietta Memorial Hospital.

“What an honor it is to be rewarded for something you really enjoy doing,” Sutton said. “The staff at Glenwood creates opportunities to live a full and enjoyable life. … Adventures abound at Glenwood. I’m really thankful to be in a place where I can be active in many ways.”

Carr’s first involvement with Harmar Place was as a trustee of Marietta Memorial Health System. He became more personally involved with the compassionate services provided when his mother moved to Glenwood Community. Over many years, Stephen’s mother transitioned from Glenwood to the Pines Assisted Living and then Harmar Place. She spent her final years in the Haven memory care neighborhood at Harmar.

In addition to thanking these outstanding individuals, more than 110 additional donors and volunteers attended the event. Gloria Hurwitz, vice president of advancement and communications, praised them for living UCH’s mission, vision and values.

“Your gifts transform aging by helping us build a culture of community, wholeness and peace,” she said. “Your advocacy for the residents and families we serve at Glenwood and Harmar Place makes a huge difference in their lives, each and every day.”

In 2018, over $140,000 in donations, including charitable estate gifts, were invested at Glenwood and Harmar Place.

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Media Contact: Alissa Paolella, Communications Coordinator, (740) 382-4885 or apaolella@uchinc.org

United Church Homes Recognizes Community Giving

Donor Appreciation Dinner 2019 Award Recipients
President and CEO Rev. Kenneth V. Daniel (from left), Robert C. Kutschbach and Board chair Philip Mallott

COLUMBUS – United Church Homes hosted its annual Housing Donor Appreciation Dinner on July 24, 2019. The event honored individuals and organizations whose support significantly impacted UCH and its housing communities.

This year, United Church Homes gave three awards: the Rev. Dr. Robert Diller Legacy Leadership Award to a legacy leader, the Ben M. Herbster Award to a devoted donor and the Spirit Award to an enthusiastic volunteer.

Robert C. Kutschbach received the Rev. Dr. Robert Diller Legacy Leadership Award for his outstanding leadership. He served on the UCH Board of Directors during the 2007 recession and helped guide the organization through a difficult financial period. Kutschbach became chair of the Board in 2012 and helped shape UCH into the dynamic organization it is today.

Donor Appreciation Dinner 2019 Award Recipients
Vice President of Housing Services Cheryl Wickersham (front row, from left); Ken Kline and Jerry Thompson, Disciples Uniting in the Quad Cities; (back row) President and CEO Rev. Kenneth V. Daniel and Board chair Philip Mallott

“There’s no doubt in my mind that serving on the Board is the greatest thing I’ve ever done,” Kutschbach explained. “Miracle after miracle happened on that Board, and United Church Homes survived.”

Disciples Uniting in the Quad Cities received the Spirit Award for their work to create low-income housing for older adults. The organization, comprised of seven churches, spent 10 years working diligently to create Morning Star Residences and Morning Star Housing in Moline, Illinois. With the addition of these residences, leaders Ken Kline and Jerry Thompson helped transform their community for low-income older adults and people with traumatic brain injuries.

Donor Appreciation Dinner 2019 Award Recipients
President and CEO Rev. Kenneth V. Daniel (from left), Vice President of Housing Services Cheryl Wickersham, Cathy Maurer Green and Board chair Philip Mallott

United Church Homes honored Cathy Maurer Green with the Ben M. Herbster Award. Green and her parents have been devoted donors at United Church Homes for many years. Both of her parents, Philip and Mary, had previously received the same award. Green also served 11 years on the UCH Board of Directors including as Board chair for two years. She supports UCH because she recognizes the great need among older adults.

In addition to thanking these outstanding individuals and organizations, more than 50 housing managers from 13 states and two Native American nations attended the event. Rev. Kenneth V. Daniel, president and CEO of United Church Homes, thanked them for their hard work and dedication toward maintaining UCH’s mission, vision and values.

In 2018, over $1.1 million in donations, including over $112,000 in charitable estate gifts to United Church Homes, were received in this transformation. These gifts went toward benevolent care and life enrichment for every resident, pastoral care and investments in staff and community education that lead to abundant life.

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About United Church Homes: United Church Homes, headquartered in Marion, Ohio, has been “Celebrating the Spirit” of older adults for more than a century. The faith-inspired nonprofit organization is one of the nation’s largest providers of senior living services. UCH has more than 1,800 dedicated staff serving nearly 5,000 residents of all faiths in 75 senior living communities throughout 14 states and two Native American nations. UCH is in covenant with the United Church of Christ and welcomes residents of all faiths.

10 UCH communities awarded Wishing Well grants

Wishing Well recipients
United Church Homes recently awarded grants to 10 affordable housing communities through its Wishing Well program. Grant recipients and their communities are (front row, from left) Rosie Hughey, Glendale Commons; Rosalind Cation, Cottonwood Glen; Gina Erhardt, Salem Manor and Maple Leaf Commons; (second row) Cheryl Wickersham, vice president of Housing Services; Kathy Tooley, Concord Estates; Katie Davis, Laurel’s Edge; Gina Laine, Cypress Run and Sterling Place; (back row) Rev. Kenneth V. Daniel, president and CEO; Shawn Hoffner, HardinCrest and Shawnee Springs; Keri Hoffner, Cherry Arbors; and Phil Mallott, UCH Board of Directors, chair. Not pictured is Renee Kreemer, Harmony Apartments.

UCH presented Wishing Well awards at this year’s Housing Donor Appreciation Dinner on July 24, 2019.

The United Church Homes Wishing Well grant program is open to all UCH housing communities. It is a unique way to distribute annual philanthropic gifts given to support Housing Services. Participating in the program gives housing managers the tools they need to write grant proposals and provides an opportunity for leveraging additional funding from their local area.

This year, UCH received a total of nearly $31,000 in donations designated for affordable housing that contributed to the funds available for the Wishing Well grant program. United Church Homes matched this amount, bringing the grand total for Wishing Well applicants to $62,000.

For the first time, the Wishing Well committee was able to fund all of the applicants. The money will fund projects such as a pergola, new exercise equipment, updated furniture and the continuation of private transportation.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 Wishing Well Awards: Harmony Apartments, $2,999, Long Prairie, Minnesota; Concord Estates, $4,098, Fredonia, New York; Shawnee Springs, $7,500, Bellefontaine, Ohio; Laurel’s Edge, $6,700, Kennesaw, Georgia; Sterling Place, $3,381, Lakeland, Florida; Cottonwood Glen, $7,052, Greenwood, Mississippi; Cherry Arbors, $6,299, North Lewisburg, Ohio; Maple Leaf Commons, $5,810, Goshen, Indiana; Salem Manor, $7,500, Fort Wayne, Indiana; and Glendale Commons, $7,500, Covington, Tennessee.

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About United Church Homes: United Church Homes, headquartered in Marion, Ohio, has been “Celebrating the Spirit” of older adults for more than a century. The faith-inspired nonprofit organization is one of the nation’s largest providers of senior living services. UCH has more than 1,800 dedicated staff serving nearly 5,000 residents of all faiths in 75 senior living communities throughout 14 states and two Native American nations. UCH is in covenant with the United Church of Christ and welcomes residents of all faiths.

Trinity Community at Miami Township Celebrates Resident’s 102nd Birthday

MIAMI TOWNSHIP – It has been a celebratory few weeks for Ken Snavely, a resident of Trinity Community at Miami Township, a United Church Homes community located near Centerville. The community designated July 24 as Ken Snavely Day in recognition of his 102nd birthday.

“At Trinity Community at Miami Township, we celebrate all kinds of life milestones for residents,” Executive Director Charlie Thompson said. “One way we provide a rich lifestyle in our community is by offering residents opportunities to stay active. On any given day, you’ll see activities such as water aerobics in our outdoor, heated pool, computer classes, movie nights and a myriad of other activities to keep residents engaged.”

Born in 1917, Snavely grew up as a single child in Middletown, Pennsylvania, a small town near Harrisburg, with a population of around 6,500 people. During the Great Depression, the only work that was available in the town was at Harrisburg Air National Guard Base. Many women, including Snavely’s mother, worked in a clothing factory. Snavely’s father worked on the railroad as a “track man” and was also an amateur baseball player.

Snavely graduated high school in 1933 and had trouble finding work amid the Great Depression. His first job was working for a bakery as a delivery boy for regular customers, delivering fresh baked products. In 1938, he began working as a civilian employee at the Harrisburg Air National Guard Base. In 1941, he moved to Rome, New York, to help open an air base there. In 1943, Snavely joined the Army Air Force, serving in England and Germany until 1946. His final rank was staff sergeant. Snavely returned to Rome after the war, continuing to work as a civilian employee for the Air Force. In 1965, he transferred to Air Force Logistics Command at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton.

Snavely and his late wife, Lovina, married in Rome, New York, in 1952 and raised their son and daughter there and later nearby Kettering. He also lived in West Carrollton from 1978 – 2014, when he moved into the independent living community in Miami Township. His son lives in Florida and his daughter lives in the Dayton area. The family rented a large house during his birthday week so they could accommodate 15 family members, including three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, who came to celebrate.

Today, Snavely is active in Post 2246 of the Veterans of Foreign Affairs in Centerville, attending meetings twice per month. In recent years, membership has been declining, but Snavely is happy to see that new younger members have been joining.

“I’d like to see membership continue to grow,” Snavely said.

Snavely says he enjoys socializing with other residents of Trinity Community at Miami Township. He is glad to not have to do home maintenance and lawn care.

“Everything you need is here. I don’t even have to go to the grocery store anymore,” Snavely said, adding he has made many new friends at Trinity.

Asked what his secret is to long life, Snavely replied, “Don’t sweat the small stuff.” Trinity staff said he truly lives by that advice.

“I don’t feel like I’m 102,” Snavely said.

Snavely stays active by volunteering at Cox Arboretum in Dayton. In his younger days, he visited the park regularly and eventually inquired about volunteering. Snavely became friends with the director. Ornamental grasses were his specialty. In 2015, he received a plaque in appreciation for his 35 years of service, presented to Ken Snavely, “The Grass Man.”

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Media Contact: Alissa Paolella, Communications Coordinator, (740) 382-4885 or apaolella@uchinc.org

Harmar Place Voted Best Extended Care and Rehab Community in Marietta

Harmar Place in Marietta, OHMARIETTA – Nestled in a quiet setting at the end of Harmar Street on Marietta’s west side, Harmar Place offers both an extended care home for dozens of Marietta residents and short-term skilled nursing and rehabilitation for others who need temporary care.

Harmar Place this year was chosen Best Extended Care and Rehabilitation Center in the 2019 Marietta Times Readers’ Choice poll.

Harmar Place offers physical, occupational and speech therapy, skilled nursing and memory care. Admissions and marketing coordinator Terri Schneider said the community has space for 86 residents, including 23 short-term residents and 16 memory care residents. Harmar Place has a medical director, she said. “Our people feel like it’s a family atmosphere,” she said.

“Any empty beds fill up quickly,” nursing director Charlene McGrath said. “We have a core staff that have been here many years.”

McGrath said she has been with Harmar Place for 18 years, and her mother was a resident. Daphne Styer, a care plan nurse, said Harmar Place became home for her father-in-law. “We have faith and trust in the staff to care for our loved ones,” she said.

The community’s Fast Track Rehab program offers therapies in comfortable settings. The staff understands that life has its ups and downs, and when people experience a setback because of injury, illness or surgery, Fast Track Rehab gets them back to doing what they love faster. Harmar Place has five private and 18 semi-private recovery suites, and each guest receives an individualized care plan, 24-hour personal nursing care and transportation assistance to medical appointments.

Guests at the community have access to spiritual support from a full-time chaplain. Harmar Place is operated by United Church Homes, which aims to combat aging by building a culture of community, wholeness and peace. Consistent staffing ensures residents’ needs and preferences are met and respected, and Harmar Place offers daily community life opportunities that provide enrichment and engagement.

The memory care neighborhood in the community provides comfort for older adults living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia-related conditions, with private or semi-private rooms available.

More information is available at harmarplace.org or by calling (740) 386-5600.

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Media Contact: Alissa Paolella, Communications Coordinator, (740) 382-4885 or apaolella@uchinc.org

Glenwood Assisted Living selected as Readers’ Choice pick

Glenwood Community - A UCH CommunityMARIETTA – Glenwood Community’s the Pines Assisted Living neighborhood once again has received the Marietta Times’ Readers’ Choice Award.

The Pines at Glenwood Community, 200 Timberline Drive, is a vibrant neighborhood of comfortable, private apartments and suites where residents remain active through daily activities. Glenwood offers independent and assisted living on a beautiful 70-acre campus.

“Glenwood Community and the Pines Assisted Living are honored to be recognized as the Readers’ Choice Community for Assisted Living in Marietta,” Executive Director Linda Dailey said. “It is an honor to serve our residents every day. What makes Glenwood so special for those who call us home is the unique partnership between residents and staff, engaging together in meaningful ways each day.”

Every day at Glenwood Community is a new experience in living abundantly. Residents recently had a garden party where they enjoyed mimosas and light refreshments. Other popular activities included a traveling petting zoo and a pizza party with Phillips Elementary School students. History buffs recently enjoyed a presentation by Bill Reynolds, president of the Marietta Historical Society. Additionally, Glenwood residents took a trip to The Wilds, a 10,000-acre adventure park.

Glenwood Community was recognized with the 2019 Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living for its commitment to improving the lives of residents through quality care.

In addition, Glenwood has achieved the highest safety and quality performance measures from the Ohio Department of Health for the past two years.

State officials evaluate senior living communities and skilled nursing centers following an extensive, unannounced survey, which is conducted on-site at the center for several days. Inspectors judge a community’s performance on safety measures, quality of care, medication management, hygiene, food service and more.

Less than 10 percent of communities nationwide earned a deficiency-free designation, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Glenwood’s amenities include restaurant-style dining with an acclaimed chef, scheduled outings and transportation assistance, a full community calendar of life enrichment activities and the Learning in Retirement program hosted by Marietta College. The community is small-pet friendly and is close to shopping on a nationally designated Main Street in Marietta. It is a faith-inspired community with a dedicated chaplain.

Glenwood is part of the United Church Homes family of senior living communities and a sister community to Harmar Place in downtown Marietta. Glenwood is home to roughly 120 residents and offers independent cottage and apartment living and 48 studio and one-bedroom apartments in assisted living.

For more information about Glenwood or to schedule a tour, visit glenwoodretirement.org or call (740) 376-0535.

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Media Contact: Alissa Paolella, Communications Coordinator, (740) 382-4885 or apaolella@uchinc.org

Camp Ageless returns to Patriot Ridge Community to combat ageism

Camp AgelessFAIRBORN  – Youth age 4 and older are invited to the fifth annual Camp Ageless, a program that combats ageism in the Fairborn area by bringing together youth and older adults for a day of fun and learning.

Camp Ageless will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 9 in the Main Street Café at Patriot Ridge Community, 789 Stoneybrook Trail, Fairborn. The schedule includes games, a DARE program and a visit from Greene County’s fire truck.

Camp Ageless, an annual, one-day event, grew out of a challenge to create an innovative program for Patriot Ridge residents. Administrator Jeremy Lemon said all the activities will engage participants in a positive way.

“We invite local youth to join us for a day of fun. In the past, participants have been children of our staff, along with kids from Fairborn and the surrounding area,” Lemon said. “The camp meets ageism head on. Because everyone works and plays together during Camp Ageless, the day helps dispel the myth of what specific age groups like or should be doing.”

Attendees are invited to wear their favorite T-shirts and comfortable shoes. Advanced registration is required and may be made by contacting Patriot Ridge Community at 937.878.0262.

For more information about Patriot Ridge Community, visit patriotridgecommunity.org.

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About Patriot Ridge Community: Patriot Ridge Community is part of the United Church Homes family of senior living communities and a sister community to Trinity Community of Beavercreek, Trinity Community at Fairwood (Beavercreek) and Trinity Community at Miami Township. Patriot Ridge is home to roughly 96 residents and offers assisted living, long-term care, short-term rehabilitation and memory care.

Media Contact: Alissa Paolella, Communications Coordinator, 740.382.4885 or apaolella@uchinc.org

Fairhaven Donor Appreciation Dinner Recognizes Giving

Fairhaven Administrator Lori Marsh (from left), volunteer Jim Frank, Memory Care Coordinator Kara Orians and United Church Homes President and CEO Rev. Kenneth V. Daniel
Fairhaven Administrator Lori Marsh (from left), volunteer Jim Frank, Memory Care Coordinator Kara Orians and United Church Homes President and CEO Rev. Kenneth V. Daniel

Upper Sandusky – Fairhaven Community, a United Church Homes community, hosted its Donor Appreciation Dinner on July 9, 2019. The event honored individuals who donate time and offer financial support to the UCH mission.

This year, the community gave three awards: the Ben M. Herbster Award to a devoted donor, the Spirit Award to an enthusiastic volunteer and the Diakonie Award to a supportive congregation.

Point Place United Church of Christ received the Diakonie Award for their continual support of Fairhaven over at least the last 50 years. Church members Jim and Donna Armstrong and Bonny Beebe spearhead the annual Mother’s Day offering that directly benefits Fairhaven. Since UCH started tracking donations in the early 1980s, church members have given nearly $19,000 to the community.

Fairhaven Administrator Lori Marsh, Director of Nursing Karen Webb and United Church Homes President and CEO Rev. Kenneth V. Daniel
Fairhaven Administrator Lori Marsh, Director of Nursing Karen Webb and United Church Homes President and CEO Rev. Kenneth V. Daniel

Next, Fairhaven honored Jim Frank with the Spirit Award. He earned this honor for his volunteer work at Fairhaven. Residents know him as the “newspaper guy” because he has been delivering newspapers to Fairhaven for the past 24 years. Through this volunteering, he has become friends with many residents.

Finally, Dr. DP Smith was honored with the prestigious Ben M. Herbster Award for his financial support of Fairhaven. Smith has donated to Fairhaven since the early 1980s, with at least 25 years of giving. Smith is one of the longest practicing doctors in Wyandot County, caring for residents of Fairhaven for many years.

In addition to thanking these outstanding individuals, more than 80 additional donors and volunteers attended the event. Rev. Kenneth V. Daniel, president and CEO of United Church Homes, praised them for living UCH’s mission, vision and values.

Members of Point Place United Church of Christ, Toledo Back: United Church Homes President and CEO Rev. Kenneth V. Daniel, Fairhaven chaplain Rev. Dr. Becky King and Administrator Lori Marsh
Members of Point Place United Church of Christ, Toledo
Back: United Church Homes President and CEO Rev. Kenneth V. Daniel, Fairhaven chaplain Rev. Dr. Becky King and Administrator Lori Marsh

“Your gifts transform aging by helping us build a culture of community, wholeness and peace,” he said. “Your advocacy for the residents and families we serve at Fairhaven makes a huge difference in their lives, each and every day.”

In 2018, nearly $75,000 in donations, including more than $16,000 in charitable estate gifts, were invested at Fairhaven.

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About Fairhaven: Fairhaven Community offers independent and assisted living, long-term care, short-term rehabilitation and holistic, person-directed memory care services on its beautiful campus in Upper Sandusky, Ohio. As part of the United Church Homes family of communities, its mission is to transform aging by building a culture of community, wholeness and peace.

Media Contact: Alissa Paolella, Communications Coordinator, 740.382.4885 or apaolella@uchinc.org

Trinity Community of Beavercreek recertified with Bronze Award for quality

National Quality Award | Bronze | 2019WASHINGTON, D.C.  — United Church Homes’ Trinity Community, a senior living community in Beavercreek, Ohio, has been awarded the 2019 Bronze Commitment to Quality Award by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL).

The annual award is the first of three distinctions possible through the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program, which honors long-term and post-acute care providers that have demonstrated their commitment to improving the quality of care for older adults and people with disabilities.

“The recipients of the Bronze Award are making it their mission to deliver quality care for our nation’s elders and individuals with disabilities,” said Mark Parkinson, president and CEO of AHCA/NCAL. “This year, we have more Bronze recipients than ever before, and I’m convinced that because of their commitment, our profession will continue to grow stronger and make a national impact.”

Implemented by AHCA/NCAL in 1996, the National Quality Award Program is centered on the core values and criteria of the Baldridge Performance Excellence Program, which is also the basis of the metric-based AHCA/NCAL Quality Initiative. The Baldridge program helps organizations across different business sectors use strategies to improve performance and organizational effectiveness.

The award program has three levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold. Providers begin the quality-improvement process at the Bronze level, where they develop an organizational profile with fundamental performance elements such as vision and mission statements and key strengths and challenges. Bronze applicants must also demonstrate their ability to implement a performance improvement system. Trained examiners review each application to determine if the center has met the demands of the criteria. Recipients then move forward in developing approaches and achieving performance levels that meet the criteria required for the Silver Achievement in Quality Award.

Trinity Community of Beavercreek first received the award in 2013 and has been recertified.

“United Church Homes is fully engaged with embedding the culture of quality in all our communities,” said Rev. Kenneth V. Daniel, president and CEO of United Church Homes. “The AHCA program, starting with Bronze, progresses to Silver and Gold, as communities refine and master all of the internal continuous quality improvement processes that assure top performance. Trinity has long been recognized as a quality provider. The Bronze Award from AHCA demonstrates their ongoing commitment to the excellence that this award recognizes.”

For more information about Trinity, visit trinityofbeavercreek.org.

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About Trinity: Trinity Community is a full Life Plan Community offering independent and assisted living, memory care, rehabilitation and skilled nursing care to nearly 200 older adults. As part of the United Church Homes family of senior living communities, its mission is to transform aging by building a culture of community, wholeness and peace. UCH has three other Dayton area communities: Trinity Community at Fairwood, Trinity Community at Miami Township and Patriot Ridge Community in Fairborn.

Media Contact: Alissa Paolella, Communications Coordinator, 740.382.4885 or apaolella@uchinc.org

United Church Homes Manager Named to Local Chamber of Commerce

Rosie Hughey, a housing manager at Glendale Commons and Fox Hollow Community, was recently named to the Covington-Tipton County Chamber of Commerce in Tennessee. Hughey has been working for United Church Homes for more than 25 years. She is very dedicated to her work and UCH as a whole. Hughey is proud to represent her community through this prestigious opportunity.

With 39 residents at Fox Hollow and 44 residents at Glendale Commons, Hughey has a lot of responsibilities. As the housing manager of both communities in Tennessee, she works hard to maintain full capacity. Thanks to her dedication, Fox Hollow Community has been nationally recognized as a Community of Quality by the Southeastern Affordable Housing Management Association. This distinguished award was presented to Fox Hollow because of the excellent services provided to residents.

At first, Hughey thought she was too busy to be part of the chamber of commerce but later decided to join because she sees it as a great opportunity to promote UCH and her communities. She will bring awareness to the greater community about why Fox Hollow and Glendale Commons are so vital for older adults in the area. Hughey also plans to use this opportunity to further promote the mission of UCH. Hughey passionately stated, “I live our mission and core values on a daily basis.” She has even taken every possible opportunity to volunteer during her time with UCH, now expanding that volunteerism to the chamber.

As a member of the chamber of commerce, Hughey also plans to enhance the small town of Covington. She hopes to maintain the unique beauty, attract more industry and ultimately bring more people. When more people move into the town of Covington, eventually some will move into Fox Hollow and Glendale Commons.

Cheryl Wickersham, vice president of Housing Services at United Church Homes, has known Hughey for years. “I’d like to congratulate Rosie on being elected to the Covington-Tipton County Chamber of Commerce Board,” she said. “We are happy to share her talents with the chamber and know that she will perform her responsibilities with the same enthusiasm and commitment she has given to Fox Hollow Community and Glendale Commons for the past 25 years.”

Overall, Hughey knows it’s an incredible opportunity to be part of the chamber of commerce. She was shocked when they invited her to join and feels very special as a result. She has big plans for this journey and knows the residents in her communities will be proud of her. Hughey hopes to bring in donations for UCH to support its mission toward abundant aging. United Church Homes is proud to have such a hard-working, dedicated employee.

Glenwood Community Earns 2019 AHCA/NCAL Bronze National Quality Award

National Quality Award | Bronze | 2019Marietta, OH – Glenwood Community has been recognized as a 2019 recipient of the Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) for its commitment to improving the lives of residents through quality care. The distinction is the first of three progressive award levels through the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program. The program, presented by the leading association in long-term and post-acute care, honors association members across the country that have demonstrated their dedication to improving quality of care for seniors and persons with disabilities.

I am honored to accept this designation on behalf of Glenwood Community,” Executive Director Linda Dailey said. “It is a part of our corporate vision to support abundant life in community, and we cannot do that without a team of amazing individuals dedicated to service above self every day.”

The National Quality Award Program, established by AHCA/NCAL in 1996, is based on the core values and criteria of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, which also serves as the foundation for the metric-based AHCA/NCAL Quality Initiative. The Baldrige framework helps organizations among different business sectors improve organizational effectiveness and achieve strategy-driven performance.

The award program has three levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold. Providers begin the quality improvement process at the Bronze level, where they develop an organizational profile with essential performance elements such as vision, mission statement and key strengths and challenges. Bronze applicants must also demonstrate their ability to implement a performance improvement system. Trained examiners review each Bronze application to determine if the center has met the criteria. As a recipient of the Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award, Glenwood Community may now move forward in developing approaches and achieving performance levels that meet the Silver – Achievement in Quality Award criteria.

“I applaud Glenwood Community for taking this important step toward quality improvement,” said AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Board of Overseers Chair Alana Wolfe. “I encourage Glenwood to continue on its path to achieving the highest of quality care.”

The awards will be presented during AHCA/NCAL’s 70th Convention & Expo in Orlando, Florida, Oct. 13-16, 2019.

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About United Church Homes:  United Church Homes, headquartered in Marion, Ohio, has been “Celebrating the Spirit” of older adults for more than a century. The faith-inspired nonprofit organization is one of the nation’s largest providers of senior living services, with more than 1,800 dedicated staff serving nearly 5,000 residents of all faiths in 75 senior living communities throughout 14 states and two Native American nations. UCH is in covenant with the United Church of Christ and welcomes residents of all faiths.

Parkvue Community earns bronze award for quality

National Quality Award | Bronze | 2019WASHINGTON, D.C. — United Church Homes’ Parkvue Community, a retirement community in Sandusky, Ohio, has been awarded the 2019 Bronze Commitment to Quality Award by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL).

The annual award is the first of three distinctions possible through the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program, which honors long-term and post-acute care providers that have demonstrated their commitment to improving the quality of care for older adults and people with disabilities.

“The recipients of the Bronze Award are making it their mission to deliver quality care for our nation’s elders and individuals with disabilities,” said Mark Parkinson, president and CEO of AHCA/NCAL. “This year, we have more Bronze recipients than ever before, and I’m convinced that because of their commitment, our profession will continue to grow stronger and make a national impact.”

Implemented by AHCA/NCAL in 1996, the National Quality Award Program is centered on the core values and criteria of the Baldridge Performance Excellent Program, which is also the basis of the metric-based AHCA/NCAL Quality Initiative. The Baldridge program helps organizations across different business sectors use strategies to improve performance and organizational effectiveness.

The award program has three levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold. Providers begin the quality-improvement process at the Bronze level, where they develop an organizational profile with fundamental performance elements such as vision and mission statements and key strengths and challenges. Bronze applicants must also demonstrate their ability to implement a performance improvement system. Trained examiners review each application to determine if the center has met the demands of the criteria. Recipients may now move forward in developing approaches and achieving performance levels that meet the criteria required for the Silver Achievement in Quality Award.

“United Church Homes is fully engaged with embedding the culture of quality in all our communities,” said Rev. Kenneth V. Daniel, president and CEO of United Church Homes. “The AHCA program, starting with Bronze, progresses to Slver and Gold, as communities refine and master all of the internal continuous quality improvement processes that assure top performance. Parkvue has long been recognized as a quality provider. The Bronze Award from AHCA demonstrates their ongoing commitment to the excellence that this award recognizes.”

For more information about Parkvue, visit parkvue.org.

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About Parkvue: Parkvue Community is a full Life Plan Community offering independent and assisted living, memory care, rehabilitation and skilled nursing care to nearly 200 older adults. As part of the United Church Homes family of senior living communities, its mission is to transform aging by building a culture of community, wholeness and peace.

Media Contact: Alissa Paolella, Communications Coordinator, 740.382.4885 or apaolella@uchinc.org

Pilgrim Manor to host screening of film that chronicles life as LGBT older adult

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan – Pilgrim Manor, a full-service retirement community in Grand Rapids, will host a screening of the award-winning film “Gen Silent” during Pride Month.

The film asks viewers to consider what they would do if they were an older adult, disabled and afraid of discrimination or abuse. “Gen Silent” is the documentary from director and filmmaker Stu Maddux that asks six LGBT older adults if they will hide their lives to survive. Their surprising decisions are captured through intimate access to their day-to-day lives over the course of a year in Boston.

“Gen Silent” brings these issues into the forefront. The film shows the wide range of quality of paid caregivers – from those who are specifically trained to make LGBT older adults feel safe, to the other end of the spectrum, where LGBT older adults face discrimination, neglect or abuse.

Doors open at Wealthy Theatre, 1130 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids, at 6:30 p.m. June 12. The movie will begin at 7 p.m. For tickets, visit grcmc.org or call 616.459.4788.

A panel discussion will take place at the end of the film. Panelists are Rev. Bruce Roller, Rev. Dr. Julie Nemecek and Tommy Allen. Rev. Rachel Bahr will serve as moderator.

At Pilgrim Manor, we invite people to come as they are, providing a safe and welcoming environment that is open and affirming to anyone who walks through our doors.

In addition to the ONA designation, Pilgrim Manor holds a silver-level certification in SAGECare training, cultural competency training for those working with the LGBT community. SAGECare is a program of SAGE, the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT older adults. To attain the silver certification, more than 40 percent of staff underwent training.

For more information about Pilgrim Manor, visit pilgrimmanor.org.

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About Pilgrim Manor:  Pilgrim Manor offers assisted living, skilled nursing care, short-term rehabilitation and memory care on a beautiful campus conveniently located in northeast Grand Rapids, Michigan, just minutes from downtown. We focus on individualized care in a casual and comfortable atmosphere for 135 residents. Pilgrim Manor is a United Church Homes community and employs 158 people.

Media Contact: Alissa Paolella, Communications Coordinator, 740.382.4885 or apaolella@uchinc.org

Volunteer Finds Family at Cherry Arbors

Rhonda Farley, finding family at Cherry ArborsRhonda Farley was tired to the bone. She had spent the past several years waking at 4 a.m. daily to help care for her aging mother. With the assistance of her grown son, Rhonda was providing around-the-clock care for her mother, Georgena, who was experiencing the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. But Rhonda promised her mother that she wouldn’t send her to a long-term care community. Whatever it took, Rhonda was going to ensure her mother lived independently through the end of her life.

When Rhonda found Cherry Arbors, a United Church Homes affordable housing community in her hometown of North Lewisburg, Ohio, she immediately felt a sense of relief. Finally, her mother would have a safe place to call home. What Rhonda didn’t know was how the residents would become like a second family to her mother.

Rhonda and Georgena worked with the service coordinator to get the necessary supports for Georgena in her new home. From home health services, visiting physicians, Meals on Wheels, exercise classes and potlucks, Georgena would have the extra care she needed.

Eventually, Georgena required in-home hospice services before she died. But by then, Rhonda and the other residents had already bonded in a way that made them just like family.

“She might not live here, but she’s part of us,” resident Joan said. “She does so much for all of us.”

Rhonda continues to volunteer regularly at Cherry Arbors. She takes homecooked meals and treats for the residents. Rhonda also sponsors a monthly birthday party at the community, providing lunch and cake. She brings in homemade jelly for her friends, who refer to her as their daughter.

“Rhonda is a godsend,” said Housing Manager Shawn Hoffner. “She’s right where she’s supposed to be.”

For all this and more, Rhonda received the annual Community Volunteer of the Year Award from Cherry Arbors.

Rhonda gets as much back as she gives. She said she would recommend Cherry Arbors to anyone with aging parents. Qualified residents pay only 30 percent of their incomes for rent, providing an affordable housing option for residents age 62 and older.

“It took about three or four months for Mom to get settled,” Rhonda said. “Once she did, all the residents were so kind and looked after her. Neighbors here take care of one another. There isn’t a better place to call home.”

Rhonda and Shawn joke that her apartment is ready after retirement — but it’s a joke with some truth. Rhonda hopes to live at Cherry Arbors one day.

New interactive educational program gets support from community, local foundations

New grant to support a new program that connects residents with learning opportunitiesSANDUSKY – Parkvue Community, a United Church Homes community, has received nearly $8,000 in grant funds to support a new program that connects residents with learning opportunities. Coupled with donations of personal philanthropy, the funding will be used to launch the program and sustain it for a year.

Parkvue received grants totaling $5,000 from the Erie County Community Foundation and $2,875 from the Randolph J. and Estelle M. Dorn Foundation Charitable Impact Fund of the Erie County Community Foundation. The grant funds will support University Circle, a Cleveland-based program that provides accessible and innovative educational programming.

University Circle focuses on offering unique experiences using videoconferencing technology combined with the world-class resources of Circle institutions. Videoconferencing enables Parkvue residents to “travel the world” using interactive technology in real time from their community. The program also offers field trips to cultural institutions for concerts, lectures and exhibitions in conjunction with the monthly videoconferencing series.

In addition to the grants, United Church Homes Board member Dan Busch is the lead donor for the program. Busch said he was excited to give to a worthwhile project like University Circle.

“University Circle presents topics, such as arts, history and spirituality, that connect and stimulate resident participants as lifelong learners,” Busch said. “Programs are presented by well-qualified, thoughtful, knowledgeable and enthusiastic lecturers who are able to be in dialogue through interactive technology with those in attendance. These programs are opportunities to remember the past and offer new insights for continuing education.”

Alissa Clouse, United Church Homes’ director of major gifts and grants, estimated 85 percent of participants will report that they have been able to share their interests with others and that they have engaged with new experiences, based on past classes.

“This innovative program will be open to the larger community as space allows,” she said.

To check seating availability for upcoming classes, contact Amy DiFilippo at 419.621.1900. For more information about Parkvue, visit parkvue.org.

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About Parkvue: Parkvue Community is a full Life Plan Community offering independent and assisted living, memory care, rehabilitation and skilled nursing care to nearly 200 older adults. As part of the United Church Homes family of senior living communities, its mission is to transform aging by building a culture of community, wholeness and peace.

Contact: Alissa Paolella, United Church Homes Office of Communications 740.382.4885 or apaolella@uchinc.org

Sue Sheidler Reflects on 12 Years on UCH Board

Sue SheildlerSue Sheidler has spent the past 11 years serving tirelessly on the United Church Homes Board of Directors. Throughout her tenure, Sue has served on every committee, including as chair of the nominating committee from 2009 – 2019. She was Board secretary from 2014 – 2018.

Sue’s background in nursing helped her contributions to the Board, she said. She started working as a nurse aide at age 16, graduated from nursing school at the University of Toledo and worked nearly every area of nursing, primarily in medical-surgical nursing. Sue then contributed to staff development for several years before retiring as vice president of nursing at Fisher-Titus Medical Center, a hospital in Norwalk, Ohio.

Along with being an acute care hospital, Fisher-Titus has assisted living, long-term care and skilled nursing.

“People often ask me if I had to do it all over again, would I go into nursing?” Sue said. “The answer has always been yes, I would. Nursing has the ability to get you into just about any area of healthcare.”

Sue grew up in the United Church of Christ. After she started attending St. John’s UCC in Milan, Sue became deeply familiar with the excellent care provided at United Church Homes communities. St. John’s regularly donated canned goods and visited residents at Fairhaven.

“When I was asked to join the Board, my husband had been ill, and we knew his health was declining. I was looking for something to do where I wouldn’t be gone all the time, so I could still be available for him,” said Sue. “I was reading devotions one morning and one said there are different ways to serve. I took that as a sign to see what I could do on the Board.”

Many years later, Sue has learned to appreciate UCH’s affordable housing ministry.

“Affordable housing was one of the most impactful areas for me,” Sue said. “I knew about the senior living side from my experience in nursing, but I had not been involved with affordable housing.”

Sue traveled with the Board on several visits to UCH affordable housing communities. She said talking to those residents made the biggest impact on her. “Sometimes that’s the only way they have any place to live,” she said. “Those learning experiences remind you about the increasing need for affordable housing.”

Stubbs Endowment Continues Legacy of Giving

Gertie StubbsThe late Gertrude “Gertie” Stubbs made a long-lasting impact on United Church Homes’ Fairhaven Community in Upper Sandusky, Ohio. United Church Homes’ computer donor records go back to the early 1980s, showing Gertie began giving in 1983 and continued for a total of 22 years before her passing in May 2009 at the age of 98.

In 1999, Gertie worked with UCH leadership staff to create the Gertrude Stubbs Transportation Endowment Fund for Fairhaven with a major gift of $300,000, established to provide funding for the ever-increasing need for transportation for older adults. It was Gertie’s largest donation, although it wasn’t exclusive as she continued to make other donations through the years, including another major gift of $100,000 to support an endowment for staff uniforms.

“Gertie’s husband, Don, was a resident on the second floor for many years,” said Karen Webb, director of nursing. “That is how we all became acquainted with her. She was dedicated and faithful to her husband and visited him twice a day, every day. She not only provided care for her husband, but also identified needs of our staff.

“She once told me that the Lord blesses the silent giver,” Karen said. “And give she did. She created the uniform fund for our staff, purchased a van and assisted staff members on a personal level with whatever they might be going through. She would visit staff members who were ill, did laundry for residents requesting the service — the list goes on and on. Then, when Gertie reached the stage of life when she needed us, what a privilege it was to be able to care for her! She was a wonderful, giving and caring individual who served the Lord by serving others.”

Fairhaven currently has a 16-passenger bus, paid for by the endowment years after her passing, and a wheelchair-accessible van that is used to take residents to medical appointments and on activities and trips that help them stay actively engaged in the community. Fairhaven Community provides transportation for approximately 800 medical appointments for residents every year.

The community offers a low- to no-fee transportation program for residents. This is especially beneficial because many insurers do not cover transportation services. A $2,000 grant from the Wyandot County Community Foundation and the endowment fund enable Fairhaven to cover a greater share of transportation costs, which helps residents stretch their personal dollars even further.

The transportation program is not Gertie’s only legacy at Fairhaven. She funded the construction of a garage, the Stubbs Garage. The former Stubbs Behavioral Care Unit also was named after Gertie. 

“Mother loved the people of Fairhaven,” said Judy Horobec, Gertie’s daughter. “I hope her story encourages others to give. She had a real passion for giving back to residents.”

Ruth Adams, who knew Gertie for more than 20 years and served on the Volunteer Service Group with her, said her friend accepted the call for assistance, no matter the need.

“She was such a giver,” Ruth said. “A lot of it she did anonymously. She was always doing something.”

Gertie offered communion to Catholic residents every Saturday and organized style shows to help raise funds for Fairhaven. “She would talk to the local stores and get all the clothes,” Ruth said. “She was always there. If there was anything to be done, Gertie did it.”

UCH Welcomes New Leadership Staff

United Church Homes recently welcomed two new members to its leadership team as part of a strategic plan to drive growth in its senior living and affordable housing divisions.

Sean Riley

Sean RileySean Riley joined UCH as the regional director of operations for northern Ohio and Michigan. He is responsible for the operations of Fairhaven Community in Upper Sandusky, Ohio; Parkvue Community in Sandusky, Ohio; Chapel Hill Community in Canal Fulton, Ohio; and Pilgrim Manor in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He will be an active contributor to the execution and growth of these communities, said Chuck Mooney, senior vice president and chief operating officer.

Sean has more than 25 years of senior living experience, including community and executive leadership positions with HCR ManorCare (Toledo, Ohio); Provider Services (North Olmsted, Ohio); and Hamlet Village (Chagrin Falls, Ohio). Sean joins UCH from his most recent position as executive director of St. Francis Senior Ministries, Tiffin, Ohio.

He was drawn to United Church Homes because of its organizational integrity and mission-driven work. Sean said he is excited to be a part of the UCH team and to be able to help UCH residents live their most authentic and abundant lives. “It’s very rewarding to be able to help make a difference in the life of a fellow human being,” he said.

Sean earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in gerontology from Kent State University and a Master of Business Administration from Lake Erie College. He is an Ohio-licensed nursing home administrator and a certified executive for assisted living. Sean is also an active member of LeadingAge Ohio.

Sean is a native of Canton, Ohio, where his parents owned and operated several small nursing care communities.


Vanessa Norris

Vanessa NorrisVanessa Norris has joined UCH as the corporate director of housing services.

Vanessa has 30 years’ experience in affordable housing. She began her career in 1989 at Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing, a nonprofit affordable housing developer. In 1999, she left her position as assistant vice president of compliance to attain more property management experience. Vanessa also has been the compliance manager at CHN Housing Partners, which developed, constructed and managed its own large portfolio of housing properties. Vanessa later was promoted to the director of property management, where she was accountable for the day-to-day operation of the property management department.

“My experience includes in-depth knowledge of housing operations at all levels,” said Vanessa. “During my early years, I realized the great need for affordable housing and how diminutive the inventory. I believe affordable housing should be a right, not an option. Working with organizations like UCH and others has allowed me to be part of a bigger picture — to significantly impact the development and management of affordable housing. Such organizations continue to be the political voice and the answer to those desperately seeking housing.”

Vanessa holds certifications and designations as an accredited residential manager, specialist in housing credit management, blended occupancy management specialist, certified assisted housing manager, certified credit compliance professional and national compliance professional.

A Family Affair

Cathy GreenIn May, I will complete two years as the chairperson of the UCH Board of Directors and nine years on the Board, so it seems like an appropriate time to reflect on the connections and influences that draw people to a ministry like United Church Homes.

Over the years that I’ve been involved with UCH, I’ve often heard people comment about ways that the organization reminds them of a family. “Like a family” is used to describe the relationships among residents, between residents and staff and among staff. It’s used to describe the loving care that is provided at every stage of life. It’s occasionally used in observing the generational legacies, such as staff member with a parent who also worked at UCH, or a staff member with a grandparent who is a resident.

These relationships are also true for some of our Board members, and I am an example. I grew up in St. Marys, Ohio, where my parents, Phil and Mary Maurer, were active laypeople of St. Paul’s UCC. I recall hearing about Fairhaven Community in Upper Sandusky when I was quite young. After my dad retired from his engineering profession, he joined UCH as a part-time member of what was then called the development department. In that role, he helped raise vital dollars so that UCH could sustain its ministry. Some years later, my mom was elected to the Board of Directors, where she served nine years. Hearing stories from my parents and knowing how important UCH was to them is one reason I said yes when asked years later whether I would join the Board.

Another factor, which is true for most of us on the Board, is seeing firsthand the challenges my parents faced in their final years. My father lived with Alzheimer’s for about 10 years before his death. My mother and I were with him when he died at Fairhaven in 2007, and I experienced firsthand the care and concern of staff. Watching the toll of dementia on my dad, and on my mom as his principal caregiver, makes me especially appreciative of the programs that UCH has implemented in recent years. Opening Minds through Art (OMA), Music & Memory and Comfort Matters® are all programs that enrich the lives of our residents with dementia and bring peace of mind to their family members.

These past nine years have been a joy and a privilege to me, working with UCH leadership and other Board members on strategies and programs that will transform aging and strengthen a culture of community, wholeness and peace. Our work is not done, nor will it ever be, but we have made notable progress in the past year and are committed to making more in the year to come.

Cathy Green
Chairperson, Board of Directors

Making an Impact

As part of its core value of transparency, UCH has begun documenting community benefits in three areas:

Creating Abundant Life in Community

Investment in Transforming Aging

Building a Culture of Community, Wholeness and Peace

Staff members track data related to the mission, vision and values by answering questions such as:

“How can we help to build influence in the larger culture and nurture their understanding of Abundant Life?”


“How does our mission lead us into the larger community to help transform aging there?”


“What are the things we do in our communities that contribute to building the culture of community, wholeness and peace, thanks to the philanthropic support of others?”

The results from 2018 show United Church Homes remains committed to transforming the culture from ageist to age friendly.

United Church Homes Impact Results from 2018 Infographic