Introducing Our New Chalice Partner Program

United Church Homes is launching a new initiative to solidify its engagement with specific community churches and congregation members. The Chalice Partner Program facilitates the organization’s long tradition of building relationships and support among congregations, individuals and UCH communities. The program not only promotes financial support of the mission of…

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Parkvue Staffer Recognized for Award at Annual OCHA Convention

Shannon Bloomingkemper, Director of Resident Services, was nominated for the Ohio Health Care Association (OHCA) Heroes of Long Term Care by resident, Audrey Shaffer, last year. Shannon won the award in May of 2013 and was recognized for this award at the annual OHCA convention in April 2014. OHCA has…

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Ruth Frost Parker: A Woman on a Mission

  “I still have a lot of work to do.” So says Ruth Frost Parker, “Sandusky’s quiet lady,” whose vision and character personify the faith-based mission and community attributes of United Church Homes. An elegant lady who isn’t afraid to get her hands (or shoes) dirty, she maintains very high…

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United Church Homes representatives attend UCC annual meeting

Courtney Reese, director of marketing at Parkvue Community; Becky Blocksom, donor relations coordinator for United Church Homes; and Samantha Kerner, director of marketing at Fairhaven Community, attended the Northwest Ohio Association United Church of Christ 51st Annual Meeting on April 26, 2014 in St. Mary's, Ohio. Pastor Bill Michaels from…

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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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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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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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No Distance too far, nor time too long between friends

“It takes a long time to grow old friends.” Peter Crème drove 800 miles from Minnesota to surprise his high school sweetheart, Pat Duck, with a visit at Parkvue Community in Sandusky, Ohio. Pete and Pat dated in high school. When Pete joined the Air Force, Pat graduated, moved to…

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