Four Winds Hosted Annual Memorial Event

A couple shares a tender memory at Four Winds annual memorial event. More than 130 people attended the memorial service, which included a tree planting, dedication of a newly built gazebo and poetry corner for Cheryl Loxley, a deceased former resident of Four Winds. The event illustrated the depth and…

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UCH Communities Celebrate Anniversaries

United Church Homes would like to recognize the following communities celebrating their Anniversaries: 50 Years June 21 - Chapel Hill Community 40 Years September 18 - Trinity Community 25 Years July 22 - Fox Hollow Community August 24 - South Haven Woods 20 Years September 14 - Cherry Arbors October…

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Five United Church Homes Communities Earn National Award for Quality

Five United Church Homes’ healthcare communities have been recognized as 2014 recipients of the “Bronze Commitment to Quality” award for their dedication to improving the lives of residents through dependable quality care. The award is one of three distinctions possible through the National Quality Award program, presented by the American…

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Heidelberg Intern Tackles UCH History

Heidelberg University student Elle Dutton is working as an intern this summer for United Church Homes. Her assignment involves researching and developing brief biographical videos on individuals who have been essential to UCH’s growth. These videos will be used during the 100th anniversary celebration in 2016. Elle is the first…

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Fairhaven Announces Deficiency-Free Survey

Fairhaven Community recently earned a deficiency-free survey for its assisted living service line, further evidence that quality care is the highest priority for United Church Homes. Fairhaven’s achievement is relatively rare, as only 20% of communities in the state earned a deficiency-free designation.

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I Rock, You Rock, We Rock for UCH

More than 100 “rock stars” from the United Church Homes management team met in Columbus, Ohio, in July for a Leadership Summit. Attendees learned about UCH progress on its strategic initiatives, how to make our customers’ experience stand out, and training on issues to cultivate greater commitment to improve performance.…

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Three Elected to UCH Board of Directors

Three individuals representing various locales in Ohio were recently elected to the United Church Homes Board of Directors. Columbus residents Rev. John H. Cramton and Rev. Phil Hart, and Sandy Lindahl of Lakewood are the new directors. Each is active in working with issues related to healthcare and senior housing.…

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New Website Offers Enhanced User Experience

United Church Homes celebrates the launch of a new website on August 13. While the address remains unitedchurchhomes.org , the new site includes a completely enhanced user experience with simplified navigation, easier access to information and streamlined donor features. Most importantly, the site features new content and new photography of…

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Employee Annual Giving Campaign Kicks Off

The 2014 Employee Annual Giving Campaign launched in late July with an ice cream sundae bar for Housing Community managers and leaders. Gloria T. Hurwitz, vice president of advancement, invited guests to participate in the campaign as a way to support the organization’s efforts to cultivate a culture of philanthrophy…

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Wishing Well Supports Housing

Former United Church Homes Board of Directors Chairman Bob Kutschbach served as the emcee to award nearly $15,000 to five different affordable housing communities during the 2014 Wishing Well Awards celebration. Wishing Well funds are awarded based on a competitive grant process, using a scoring matrix similar to a publicly-funded…

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Brian’s Song: Strength Through Exercising

For Brian Gregg, recreational therapist, exercise is a passion. He’s spent 16 years at Trinity Community in Beavercreek, Ohio, developing a wellness program that is so popular it’s truly bursting at the seams. Ask anyone at Trinity. Everyone’s abuzz about exercising with Brian. On any given morning, you might step…

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Circo de la Gracie

Seated among a lifetime of circus mementos, Graciella (Gracie) Quesada has lived for five years at Burlington Tower, a United Church Homes senior housing community in St. Petersburg, Florida. As you’d expect from someone born and raised in a small town in rural Cuba, Gracie speaks fluent Spanish in a…

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First Congregational Church of Sandusky Garners Diakonie Award

First Congregational United Church of Christ (UCC) of Sandusky received the inaugural 2014 Diakonie Award in recognition of its long-standing history of support for United Church Homes’ Parkvue Community. For more than 30 years—long before Parkvue ever opened its doors—the church and its members have supported the mission of United…

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Donor Spotlight: Kathryn Sanders Rieder

It’s always delightful when someone can recite from memory a poignant verse or statement that perfectly captures an essential sentiment. It’s amazing when that someone celebrated her 107th birthday on July 18. Meet Kathryn Sanders Rieder, who, it can safely be said, is United Church Homes’ oldest donor. She’s been…

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Growing in the Right Direction

United Church Homes is growing in the right direction, as three of our healthcare communities in Ohio recently began significant expansion and improvement projects. In Canal Fulton, Chapel Hill Community is celebrating the rapid construction of 12 brand new residential cottages that are designed as independent living accommodations for seniors.…

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UCH Executive Wins Statewide Recognition

Marsha Crewe, regional housing manager, was recently named as Outstanding Executive for 2014 by the LeadingAge Ohio Professional Recognition Action Council. LeadingAge is a nonprofit organization representing the entire field of aging services, a charitable organization focused on education, advocacy and applied research developed to learn from like-minded services, advocate…

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Breakthrough!

Those who choose careers of service sometimes find their reward in the most unexpected ways. Della Durr was admitted to Trinity Community at Fairborn (formerly Patriot Ridge) in Fairborn, Ohio in February. Della is hard of hearing and legally blind, and thus endures many frustrations to do activities many of…

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Gifts of the Magi

There are three wise men who currently live at Kroft Commons, the residential cottages located at Chapel Hill Community in Canal Fulton, Ohio. They share much in common. They’re all retired United Church of Christ clergy. They all have a connection with Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio. They’ve all served…

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United Church Homes Honors Faithful Donors

United Church Homes (UCH) honored faithful supporters of the housing division at the first annual donor recognition dinner on July 15, at Columbus Hilton at Easton. Three awards were presented; the Ben M. Herbster Award presented to a devoted donor, the Spirit Award to an enthusiastic volunteer, and the Diakonie…

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Chapel Hill Community Honors Faithful Donors

(Canal Fulton) – Chapel Hill Community honored faithful supporters at a special Donor Appreciation Dinner held on June 26 at Chapel Hill Community. This year, three awards were presented -- the Ben M. Herbster Award presented to a devoted donor, the Spirit Award to an enthusiastic volunteer, and the Diakonie…

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