Fairhaven’s Schwilk Recognized with LUV Award

MARION [Jan. 17, 2020] – Debbie Schwilk, a dining services assistant at Fairhaven Community in Upper Sandusky, Ohio, has received the 2019 Living UCH Values Award for demonstrating United Church Homes’ core values – compassion, hospitality, respect, integrity, stewardship and transparency.

Schwilk’s nominator said Schwilk went above and beyond to assist a resident whose scooter became stuck in mud on the Fairhaven campus. Schwilk, who has worked at Fairhaven since October 2017, jumped to assist, cleaning the scooter in a shower room.

Debbie Schwilk presented with LUV Award
L-R: United Church Homes President and CEO Rev. Kenneth Daniel, Regional Director of Operations Sean Riley, LUV Award recipient Debbie Schwilk and Dietary Services Manager Darlene Fredritz, both of Fairhaven Community, and UCH Vice President of Human Resources Scott Slutz

“Debbie works in dietary but went out of her way to help, not only for the resident’s personal property but for Fairhaven’s cleanliness,” Schwilk’s nominator wrote.

UCH employees are eligible to receive the award throughout the year, and a select few are chosen for the highest honor out of hundreds of nominations. Nominations may be made by staff, volunteers, residents and their families.

“The 2019 Living United Church Homes Values Award recipients achieved UCH’s most coveted staff award,” said Scott Slutz, vice president of human resources. “Debbie exemplifies the commitment to living UCH values every day. We recognize Debbie for modeling the values that have become the hallmark of the United Church Homes experience and commitment to serving older adults.”

For more information about Fairhaven Community, visit fairhavencommunity.org.


About Fairhaven Community: Fairhaven Community offers independent and assisted living, long-term care, short-term rehabilitation and holistic, person-directed memory care services on its beautiful campus.

About United Church Homes: United Church Homes is one of the nation’s largest nonprofit providers of senior living and affordable housing for older adults, with 75 communities in 14 states and two Native American nations. UCH is a faith-inspired organization in covenant with the United Church of Christ and welcomes residents of all faiths.

Media Contact: Alissa Paolella, communications coordinator, 740.382.4885 or apaolella@uchinc.org