Tommy M. Pennington received the Spirit Award, which is presented to individuals who exemplify volunteerism, advocacy, inspiration and spirit for the residents of UCH communities and their families.
Pennington is a native of Logan, West Virginia who worked for many years as a maintenance and shift foreman at Number One Southern Ohio Coal and has served as a volunteer chaplain.
He began volunteering at Four Winds in 2013 when his father-in-law became a resident. Pennington transports residents to and from meals and activities and has one-on-one conversations with those who live at Four Winds. He regularly lifts the spirits of the residents and staff.
“Four Winds residents are family to me. The residents and I have a personal relationship, and it feels like being at home,” Pennington said.
Rev. Kenneth Daniel, president and CEO of United Church Homes, thanked Pennington for his service.
“Your service allows us to continue our mission and create Abundant life at Four Winds,” Daniel 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.