Parkvue Community Therapy Expansion

In 1992, thanks to the support of a loyal friend of United Church Homes and local philanthropist, Ruth F. Parker, United Church Homes’ Parkvue Community in Sandusky, Ohio, opened its doors with residential living accommodations for seniors. Three years later, Parkvue’s skilled nursing facility opened. Today, Parkvue Community serves nearly…

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Parkvue Hosts April Fools’ Day Picnic for Residents

On April 1, Parkvue Community residents played the game “Going on a Picnic.” Each player chose a letter of the alphabet from a basket and had to name something they would take on a picnic beginning with that letter. After the game, the residents were served a picnic of hamburgers,…

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Her Spirit Lives On

Stacey Gottfried, nursing assistant at Fairhaven Community whose battle with breast cancer was chronicled in the cover story of the July/August 2013 issue of Spirit, passed away on December 19. Stacey’s story inspired widespread engagement among her colleagues at Fairhaven, who sponsored multiple events to raise awareness about breast cancer,…

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Spirit Goose Symbolizes Teamwork

A long-standing tradition at United Church Homes is the annual Employee Giving Campaign, one element of the advancement department’s efforts to raise funds in support of our mission. The emphasis of the campaign is on voluntary participation, as a way to celebrate the spirit and encourage a little friendly competition…

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Ready, Set, Go

Laura Ross didn’t even know she was looking for a new place to live. At 86, after living in her already downsized home, she sensed her life was changing. Being widowed 28 years, she was worried about tasks of tackling an ever-growing list of home repair projects. Her utilities and…

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United Church Homes Donor Appreciation Dinners

Please save the date for the 2014 Donor Appreciation Dinner honoring the faithful supporters of United Church Homes. This year we will present 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 church congregation. Watch…

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Fairhaven Bell Choir and Local Students Enjoy Musical Performance

The Fairhaven bell choir and third grade students from Union Elementary School recently held a concert at Fairhaven Community. The students are part of the pen pal program started three years ago by Union Elementary teacher Andrea Myers, where students and Fairhaven residents exchange letters. The bell choir also made…

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Willie Rogers: A Tuskegee Hero Among Us

Imagine if you were a member of one of history’s most famous groups, yet your contribution was never recognized for nearly 70 years, primarily due to issues like racism, denial, spite and ignorance. Now suppose you were finally acknowledged, how would you respond? If you’re one of the documented original…

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Fairhaven Resident Pens Book About Wyandot County Veterans

UPPER SANDUSKY, OHIO -- Fairhaven Community resident Lew Gottfried recently completed his latest tome, Protecting Our Liberty. The book honors veterans of all wars, with a focus on veterans from Wyandot County. Protecting Our Liberty includes many short stories and pictures, and costs $30. Veterans and their family members can…

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Brookside Community Hosts Mardi Gras Celebration

Our Mardi Gras party has turned into our biggest event of the year. Colorful decorations, balloons and beads set the festive mood. A light soup dinner ensured everyone had room for the Sinful Dessert Buffet, featuring fudge, rum cake, pecan bars and other delectable treats. Everyone received 10 tickets for…

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Musical Guest Inspires Warm Memories for Parkvue Resident

Elizabeth Van of Parkvue Healthcare found our recent performers, Ken and Mary, to be quite entertaining. After their accordion and banjo performance, she talked to Ken and they exchanged some conversation in the German language. When Elizabeth mentioned a song called “Blue Skirt Waltz,” Mary picked up her accordion and…

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Justin Kender Named New Chef at Parkvue Place

Parkvue Community recently announced the appointment of Justin Kender to the position of chef at Parkvue Place, a community of United Church Homes. United Church Homes is a housing and healthcare provider, primarily for older adults, responsive to the needs of the whole person and based on Christian values. Kender…

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Trinity and Trinity Community at Fairborn (formerly Patriot Ridge) Communities Experience Cutting Edge App Development

  (Fairborn)--Mike Eidsaune, the great-grandson-in-law and a fledgling entrepreneur of former Trinity Community resident developed an app –CareMonster.com – designed to connect the varying schedules of family members so that everyone within a closed group could know what was going on with their family member at any given time. Eidsaune…

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Bloomingkemper earns CEAL designation from OCAL

Parkvue Community Resident Services Coordinator Shannon Bloomingkemper, LPN, completed the Certified Executive for Assisted Living (CEAL) training program offered through the Ohio Centers for Assisted Living (OCAL). The four-day course, held in Columbus, included a combination of hands-on clinical learning, interactive classroom training and guided self-study. Shannon became CEAL-certified after…

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Congressman Robert Latta Visits Fairhaven Community

Congressman Robert Latta (R-Bowling Green) visited Fairhaven Community in Upper Sandusky, Ohio, on February 24, as part of an initiative to better understand how public policy and reimbursement decisions impact the lives of seniors living in continuing care retirement communities (CCRC) such as Fairhaven. Pictured are Rep. Latta; Rev. Kenneth…

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