Supporters honored at United Church Homes event

Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church received the Diakonie Award, which is presented to congregations that have demonstrated faithfulness, generosity, compassion and encouragement in their support of the UCH mission and its communities. Parkvue Community has been the focus of Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church’s spiritual care for more than 20 years as it has provided weekly service in the Parkvue Healthcare Center Chapel.

Harold Behnken received the prestigious Ben M. Herbster Award. The award is presented to individuals who best exemplify the philosophy, leadership, philanthropic spirit and achievements of the late Dr. Ben M. Herbster. Behnken is a pillar member and donor at Parkvue. He also was a member of the United Church Homes’ Mission, Vision, Values Committee. The committee helped overhaul UCH’s vision, mission and values statements that reflect what the organization is about and where it is going. Behnken’s philanthropic commitment to UCH began after serving on the committee.

Annee Smith received the Spirit Award. The award is presented to individuals who exemplify volunteerism, advocacy, inspiration and spirit for the residents of UCH communities and their families. Smith received marketing and sales training at Parkvue after graduating from high school and has been a volunteer at the community for eight years.

“Parkvue is a good place. I told my parents I know I’m doing God’s work. It makes me happy,” Smith said.

Rev. Kenneth Daniel, president and CEO of United Church Homes, thanked Behnken, Smith and Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church for their service.

“Your service allows us to continue our mission and create Abundant life at Parkvue Community,” Rev. 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 tribal 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.