Supporters honored at United Church Homes event

First United Church of Christ, Marion received the Diakonie Award, which is presented to congregations that have demonstrated faithfulness, generosity, compassion and encouragement in their support of the UCH mission and its communities. The church has been donating to United Church Homes for decades.

Dr. Alan B. Mikesell received the prestigious Ben M. Herbster Award. The award is presented to individuals who best exemplify the philosophy, leadership, philanthropic spirit and achievements of the late Dr. Ben M. Herbster. Mikesell lives in Wapakoneta and Zanesfield, Ohio. He has volunteered overseas and is a United Church Homes donor and a former Board member.

“United Church Homes and its housing services have given me a way to focus benevolent giving of my time and talent in the United States. Of all the boards I have served on, UCH is by far the most talented, dedicated, and generous group of paid and volunteer professionals,” Mikesell said. “Every time I visit any of our communities, I see the dedication of all the employees who serve the needs of our residents.”

Rev. Joyce E. Schroer received the Spirit Award. The award is presented to individuals who exemplify volunteerism, advocacy, inspiration and spirit for the residents of the UCH communities and their families.

She is an ordained pastor and teacher who currently serves at St. John’s United Church of Christ in South Amherst, Ohio. She grew up in New Bremen and lives with her husband, Steven, in Louisville, Ohio.

She served on the United Church Homes Board from 2000 to 2010 and continues to serve on Housing Board 1, which includes two housing communities that are located on the Native American tribal nations in Macy, Nebraska, and White Earth, Minnesota.

She said United Church Homes staff and communities have made a positive impact on many lives.

“People need a place of shelter where they feel safe. United Church Homes communities may seem simple, but for many people it is the nicest place they’ve ever lived,” Rev. Schroer said.

About United Church Homes: United Church Homes has been “Celebrating the Spirit” of older adults for more than a century. The nonprofit, faith-based organization has more than 1,500 dedicated staff serving 4,500 residents of all faiths in 70 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.

Contact: United Church Homes Communications Department, 740-382-4885.