Pilgrim Manor to host screening of film that chronicles life as LGBT older adult

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan – Pilgrim Manor, a full-service retirement community in Grand Rapids, will host a screening of the award-winning film “Gen Silent” during Pride Month.

The film asks viewers to consider what they would do if they were an older adult, disabled and afraid of discrimination or abuse. “Gen Silent” is the documentary from director and filmmaker Stu Maddux that asks six LGBT older adults if they will hide their lives to survive. Their surprising decisions are captured through intimate access to their day-to-day lives over the course of a year in Boston.

“Gen Silent” brings these issues into the forefront. The film shows the wide range of quality of paid caregivers – from those who are specifically trained to make LGBT older adults feel safe, to the other end of the spectrum, where LGBT older adults face discrimination, neglect or abuse.

Doors open at Wealthy Theatre, 1130 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids, at 6:30 p.m. June 12. The movie will begin at 7 p.m. For tickets, visit grcmc.org or call 616.459.4788.

A panel discussion will take place at the end of the film. Panelists are Rev. Bruce Roller, Rev. Dr. Julie Nemecek and Tommy Allen. Rev. Rachel Bahr will serve as moderator.

At Pilgrim Manor, we invite people to come as they are, providing a safe and welcoming environment that is open and affirming to anyone who walks through our doors.

In addition to the ONA designation, Pilgrim Manor holds a silver-level certification in SAGECare training, cultural competency training for those working with the LGBT community. SAGECare is a program of SAGE, the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT older adults. To attain the silver certification, more than 40 percent of staff underwent training.

For more information about Pilgrim Manor, visit pilgrimmanor.org.

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About Pilgrim Manor:  Pilgrim Manor offers assisted living, skilled nursing care, short-term rehabilitation and memory care on a beautiful campus conveniently located in northeast Grand Rapids, Michigan, just minutes from downtown. We focus on individualized care in a casual and comfortable atmosphere for 135 residents. Pilgrim Manor is a United Church Homes community and employs 158 people.

Media Contact: Alissa Paolella, Communications Coordinator, 740.382.4885 or apaolella@uchinc.org

Pilgrim Manor to celebrate National Skilled Nursing Care Week

GRAND RAPIDS [April 29, 2019] – Pilgrim Manor in Grand Rapids is excited to participate in National Skilled Nursing Care Week, which will be held May 12 – 18.

The NSNCW 2019 theme, “Live Soulfully,” will celebrate skilled nursing centers and their residents and staff by showcasing how they achieve happy minds and healthy souls. The theme fits well with United Church Homes’ mission and vision to provide care to the whole person including mind, body and spirit, which includes providing full-time chaplains at all UCH senior living communities.

Pilgrim Manor will celebrate National Skilled Nursing Care Week with a focus on United Church Homes’ mission to transform aging by building a culture of community, wholeness and peace. Activities are being planned for residents and staff members.

The focus for the week will be the Hospitality: I LIVE IT program, which stands for Listen, Inspire, Value and Empower. The program includes a focus on United Church Homes’ Word of the Week. One example is using “community” instead of “facility” to deinstitutionalize the experience of living in a senior living community. Staff members are encouraged to listen, inspire, value all perspectives and empower their peers.

Established an as annual, week-long observance by the American Health Care Association in 1967, NSNCW, formerly known as National Nursing Home Week, provides an opportunity to recognize the role of skilled nursing care centers in caring for America’s older adults and people with disabilities.

For more information about Pilgrim Manor, visit pilgrimmanor.org.

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About Pilgrim Manor: Pilgrim Manor offers assisted living, skilled nursing care, short-term rehabilitation and memory care on a beautiful campus conveniently located in northeast Grand Rapids, Michigan, just minutes from downtown. We focus on individualized care in a casual and comfortable atmosphere.

Pilgrim Manor’s Assisted Living Director’s Tireless Efforts Pay Off in Bronze

 

Pilgrim Manor Assisted Living Director Carol Parsaca

United Church Homes’ Pilgrim Manor in Grand Rapids, Michigan, has experienced a lot of growth in the past few years. In 2016, Pilgrim Manor joined UCH. Soon after, it received a $3 million facelift, completed in 2018, and a new executive director, Becky Stacy, this past fall. Throughout all the change, however, Assisted Living Director Carol Parsaca has remained a constant, and her work helped the community earn the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) Bronze — Commitment to Quality Award.

“Carol’s dedication to our residents and staff is unparalleled,” Marketing Director Elizabeth Schmidt said. “She is the very definition of a true servant leader, and we’re so proud that her hard work is being recognized and has led to our first Bronze Award win.”

Carol earned her undergraduate degree in science from Aquinas College, and joined Pilgrim Manor’s staff in 2010 after connecting with the community through her work at the Van Andel Institute, a biomedical research and science education organization in Grand Rapids. Her first position at Pilgrim Manor was as the assisted living sustainability manager, where she focused on green initiatives and waste reduction at the community. A few years later, she became the assisted living director, achieving AL certification from the Michigan Center for Assisted Living. She now serves residents in the more than 100-room AL section of Pilgrim Manor and oversees over 40 employees.

With so many people depending on her, Carol’s job can be challenging. She said trying to meet the wide range of resident and staff needs is the toughest part of her job. “They’re so very different from one end of the spectrum to the other. Finding the ability to serve and care for those people with limited resources is the biggest obstacle in my career.”

Carol Holding Bronze AwardObviously, she’s found a way to do just that. The AHCA/NCAL Quality Award Program honors association members nationwide who demonstrate commitment to improving quality of care for older adults and individuals with disabilities. The Bronze Award is the first of three distinctions, followed by Silver and Gold. The program is rigorous — only 531 communities in 50 states and the District of Columbia achieved the Bronze Award in 2018. In Michigan, only 16 entities qualified, and of those, only one earned the award as an AL community — Pilgrim Manor.

On her quest for the award, Carol and her staff closely examined Pilgrim Manor’s quality of care. “We looked back and determined what we weren’t doing well, what we could improve. Then we began setting goals. Involving staff in the process was helpful.”

One of the pitfalls staff identified was the effect of alarms on residents. “We use alarms as a regular fall intervention, but were (the alarms) helpful or detrimental to the quality of life for residents? We decided they were more of an irritant to residents, so we stopped using them. And we haven’t reinstituted alarms for any reason at Pilgrim Manor.”

What’s Next for Pilgrim Manor’s Assisted Living Program?

“We definitely want to go for the Silver Award,” Carol said. “One of the challenges is that we will have to shift our focus slightly. The average move-in age of our AL residents used to be 90, but now we’re seeing residents entering our care in their late 70s/early 80s. Therefore, some of the qualifiers we met for the 2018 Bronze Award won’t apply to care for this younger population.”

Carol with Family 1But if anyone’s up to scoring the silver, it’s Carol, who is as busy at home as at work. She and her partner, Kevin, are parents to 3-year-old twins, William and Chase. When Carol gets the chance, she loves going out to eat with her family, enjoying some down time when she’s away from Pilgrim Manor.

When asked what her favorite part of being Pilgrim Manor’s AL director is, Carol said, “It’s the ability to learn from residents and coworkers, which keeps life exciting. I’m truly blessed to learn and serve every day.”

Pilgrim Manor’s VanRee Fund Provides Residents the Chance to See Grand Rapids

 

VanRee fund provides Pilgrim Manor Residents the chance to see Grand Rapids

Shirley and James Balk have given so much to the people of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Through the James and Shirley Balk Foundation, they’ve funded education initiatives, healthcare organizations and local arts. They’ve supported the nonprofit healthcare system Spectrum Health. Their foundation has beautified tourist attraction Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. And since 2005, their philanthropy has also extended to United Church Homes’ Pilgrim Manor through the community’s VanRee Fund.

In the early 2000s, Shirley’s mother, Dorothy M. VanRee, lived at Pilgrim Manor, and the Balks had a wonderful experience with the community. After Dorothy passed away in 2004, Shirley and her husband wanted to do something for the residents of Pilgrim Manor, and the VanRee Fund was born.

“Basically, the VanRee Fund is a trip fund,” said Alexandra Wilson, director of annual giving and special events. “Our activities department uses money from that fund to take residents all over the city.”

pilgrim manor VanRee 2Typical outings include baseball games, bowling, ballet, the museum, Ford Museum and Meijer Gardens, to name a few, and local attraction membership costs also come from the fund.

Residents truly benefit from the VanRee Fund, Alex said. “Being able to experience the greater community enhances our residents’ quality of life. Without it, they would not have these opportunities.”

In 2010, the fund enabled Pilgrim Manor to buy a bus, which holds 14 residents, and Keri Kerr, recreation therapist, is licensed to drive it.

The bus not only provides transportation for residents, it connects them with family members, often transporting them together to events. This past year, residents and family members rode the bus in the Grand Rapids’ popular Pulaski Days parade. The annual week-long festival started in 1973, and many of Pilgrim Manor’s residents celebrated in that inaugural year.

“We love that they can continue to attend Pulaski Days and other events around town,” Director of Recreational Therapy and Volunteers Jennifer Raymond said. “Having the Pilgrim Manor bus gives our skilled nursing and assisted living residents a sense of normalcy they wouldn’t otherwise have.”

Although 15 years have passed since the Balks made their first contribution to the fund, it’s going strong, and its legacy can be seen on Pilgrim Manor’s residents’ faces as they spend an afternoon at the zoo or take a bus trip through the ball park to see Western Michigan’s biggest drive-through display of Christmas lights.

“Every day, thanks to the VanRee Fund, we’re out there making memories for our residents — some who have so little,” Jennifer said. “The fund is a blessing, and we couldn’t be more grateful.”

Becky Stacy Joins UCH to Lead Pilgrim Manor

Becky Stacy, Pilgrim Manor Administrator

Becky was searching for career opportunities closer to family when she learned of the position at Pilgrim Manor. While interviewing with interim administrator and United Church Homes Management Executive Director Karen Messick, Becky learned of the organization’s mission, vision and core values.

“I was excited to find a community that had values that aligned closely with how I strive to live every day,” Becky said. “The staff was friendly, and the residents appeared happy. This was important to me. I felt like this was the type of community that I could make my work-home.”

Becky graduated from Valparaiso University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and photography. She received her Master of Business Administration from DePaul University in 2009.

Most recently, Becky was the executive director at Golden LivingCenter — Valparaiso, a skilled nursing and memory care community. Prior to working there, she was the administrator at The Forum at the Crossing in Indianapolis, Indiana. In this continuing care retirement community, Becky managed both assisted living memory care and skilled nursing with a focus on short-term rehabilitation.

Becky began her skilled nursing administrator career at Hickory Creek Healthcare in Franklin, Indiana, where she was proud to receive a deficiency-free survey.

Becky said the UCH core values align closely with her own personal values.

“I try to live my life with integrity and in a way that shows compassion to others,” she said. “A large part of any administrator’s role is stewardship and making appropriate decisions with the resources available. This isn’t always easy or simple, but it is important that stewardship remains a strong focus.”

In her new role, Becky is most looking forward to getting to know everyone at Pilgrim Manor.

“It is important to me that I learn all that I can about the residents entrusted to our care in an effort to best serve them,” she said. “The same goes for the staff — learning their personalities, work habits and communication styles will better help me facilitate success in their work.”

Having recently attended her first Celebrate the Spirit Gala hosted by the Pilgrim Manor Foundation, Becky added she is excited to be part of an organization with a charitable focus. The 15th annual Celebrate the Spirit Gala, held in October at New Vintage Place, raised over $100,000 for the Compassionate Care Fund, which provides support for Pilgrim Manor residents who have outlived or depleted their financial resources.

Becky lives with her husband, Mike, in East Grand Rapids, only about 3 miles from Pilgrim Manor. The couple has a 2-year-old daughter, Violet. Becky said she is also excited to live close to her parents and sisters in western Michigan.

Pilgrim Manor’s Inaugural Lunch Break to Educate Series: 2018 Tax Reform

 

The 100-plus attendees enjoyed lunch followed by an informative lecture, featuring speaker Ryan Sheffer of Advance Capital Management, who guided attendees through best giving practices after the 2018 tax reform.

All funds raised at the event support Pilgrim Manor’s Compassionate Care Fund for residents who have depleted or outlived their financial resources.

Predictive Algorithms, Artificial Intelligence: Tools for Early Intervention

 

According to a January 2017 report from management consulting firm NewVantage Partners, approximately 95 percent of Fortune 1000 companies have made significant investments in big data initiatives within the past five years.

The senior living profession is no exception. United Church Homes collects demographic and health data of its residents that can be used to predict the health status of a particular resident and improve care, said Chuck Mooney, senior vice president of senior living services at United Church Homes.

“To me, data analytics is like the unicorn — often talked about, rarely seen,” Chuck said. “Our cloud-based software platforms allow for a number of things. We’ve invested in hiring Clinical Informatics Manager Kathy Ely. She’s really our resident in-house PointClickCare (PCC) expert. The idea is to figure out how to use the data that we collect in more intelligent ways to, perhaps, predict falls, monitor diabetic status and be able to predict future illness for residents with diabetes.”

According to the PointClickCare blog, much data analytics comes from electronic health or medical records. This can include nursing assessment information, medication usage, hours and types of therapies and more. Documenting relevant data is one side of the coin. The other is the ability to analyze, understand and apply the data that has been collected. EMRs contain a treasure trove of data that can be leveraged to drive positive health outcomes among residents, increase staff engagement and drive operational efficiencies.

Every EMR contains a wealth of resident information, all of which can be analyzed to better understand individual resident care needs, to more efficiently schedule staff on different shifts and even to document whether certain meals have fallen out of favor among residents, according to PointClickCare.

The ultimate vision for UCH is to partner with a college gerontology program to provide an avenue for research-based data collection. Predictive algorithms and artificial intelligence technology can, for example, monitor a person’s movement patterns during a defined period of time. A change in these patterns may indicate a potential problem and, once identified, can be addressed quickly and efficiently.

“All providers in long-term care are required to collect the minimum data set (MDS),” Chuck said. “The MDS record is a very extensive clinical record that draws from the medical record and also from other sources, such as social work notes and chaplain/spiritual services. It captures all that information into a standard data set that is then reported to both the state and federal levels.”

Casper reports are quality metric reports generated from these data sets that have over 2,000 metrics with standard definitions. The reports lend themselves to benchmarking relative to UCH’s peers in senior living.

2018 UCH Golf Outing

 

United Church Homes 2018 Golf Outing

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Pilgrim Manor earns bronze award for quality

The award is the first of three distinctions possible through the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program, which honors long-term and post-acute care providers that have demonstrated their commitment to improving the quality of care for older adults and people with disabilities.

“The bronze award exemplifies a dedication to positively impacting quality,” said Mark Parkinson, president and CEO of AHCA/NCAL. “I am proud to spotlight our members for their relentless drive to advance our nation’s skilled nursing centers and assisted living communities.”

Implemented by AHCA/NCAL in 1996, the National Quality Award Program is centered on the core values and criteria of the Baldridge Performance Excellent Program, which is also the basis of the metric-based AHCA/NCAL Quality Initiative. The Baldridge program helps organizations across different business sectors use strategies to improve performance and organizational effectiveness.

The award program has three levels: bronze, silver and gold. Providers begin the quality-improvement process at the bronze level, where they develop an organizational profile with fundamental performance elements such as vision and mission statements and key strengths and challenges. Bronze applicants must also demonstrate their ability to implement a performance improvement system. Trained examiners review each application to determine if the center has met the demands of the criteria. Recipients may now move forward in developing approaches and achieving performance levels that meet the criteria required for the Silver Achievement in Quality Award.

“United Church Homes is fully engaged with embedding the culture of quality in all our communities,” said Rev. Kenneth V. Daniel, president and CEO of United Church Homes. “The AHCA program, starting with bronze, progresses to silver and gold, as communities refine and master all of the internal continuous quality improvement processes that assure top performance. Pilgrim Manor has long been recognized as a quality provider. The Bronze Award from AHCA demonstrates their ongoing commitment to the excellence that this award recognizes.”

For more information about United Church Homes, visit unitedchurchhomes.org.

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About United Church Homes: United Church Homes, headquartered in Marion, Ohio, has been “Celebrating the Spirit” of seniors for more than a century. The faith-based nonprofit organization is one of the nation’s largest providers of senior living services, with more than 1,800 dedicated staff serving nearly 5,000 residents of all faiths in 74 senior living 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.

Media Contact: Alissa Paolella, Communications Coordinator, 740.382.4885 or apaolella@uchinc.org

A Spiritual Journey: Seven Decades in the Making

Carol moved to Pilgrim Manor in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in March 2017 and immediately hit it off with Rev. Beth Rodenhouse, the full-time chaplain.

As a faith-based nonprofit organization, United Church Homes is committed to providing full-time chaplains in each of its senior living communities. They foster spiritual wellness for all residents and staff.

“She came walking down the hallway and we started talking and the rest is history,” Carol said of Rev. Beth, who told Carol about all the opportunities for spiritual care at her new home.

“She said, ‘I’m not sure they’d like me because I haven’t been to church in a while,’” Rev. Beth recalled. “I told her that was no problem and that God would be quite happy to have her.”

“It was like God was smiling at me, even though I didn’t know what He looked like,” Carol said.

With a spiritual thirst and deep-seated curiosity about the divine, Carol has been on a pilgrimage since childhood. She had a desire for a deeper relationship with God, but until she met Rev. Beth, kept hitting roadblocks in her journey. Rev. Beth and Carol shared many conversations before Carol started attending chapel services on Sundays and Mass on Wednesdays.

Growing up, Carol had many Catholic friends with whom she attended church services. Her immediate family was not particularly religious, but inside, Carol continued to feel a pull toward her Creator.

Even when she was baptized by emersion in a Baptist church in 1983, Carol did not feel she had found her “regular church.”

That came after she started attending Pilgrim Manor worship services. She pondered where she belonged — did she want to join the Catholic church or become a member of another denomination?

“I told her that as far as I’m concerned, what brings us together is a whole lot more than what separates us,” Rev. Beth said. “I encouraged her to listen to her heart. I believe that the Holy Spirit was nudging her in the direction she should go.”

As she contemplated her faith, Carol became more certain that the Catholic church was where she belonged. She completed an expedited catechism in three months, rather than the typical one year, under the direction of Father Brian Johnson of St. Alphonsus Parish in Grand Rapids. She regularly visited with two parishioners, Barbara Hedrick and Gayle Neihoff, who supported her learning. When she completed her studies, Pilgrim Manor hosted an official worship service and reception to celebrate before a second ceremony at St. Alphonsus.

Throughout the journey, Rev. Beth encouraged Carol and supported her spiritual growth.

“She helped just by talking to me, listening to me and answering the questions that I had, and believe me, I had a lot of questions,” Carol said.

“I think questions are good,” Rev. Beth responded.

Music, especially, was an area that spoke to Carol’s soul. It was what first drew her to the chapel at Pilgrim Manor, all those months earlier.

In fact, on the day Carol was confirmed into the church, the final hymn playing was one of her favorites: How Great Thou Art, a song that brings Carol to tears. Rev. Beth noted that music for services is planned months in advance.

“I just felt like it wasn’t a coincidence,” Carol said.

Carol’s favorite scriptures include the Book of Ruth and Psalm 121, a pilgrimage song that talks about God being on the journey with God’s children.

“Through our hellos and our goodbyes, He is on our journey with us,” Rev. Beth said.

United Church Homes earns Platinum certification in LGBT cultural competency training

The certification, which will be valid for the remainder of 2017 and the 2018 calendar year, comes from Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders, commonly known as SAGE. The SAGECare program trains residential healthcare providers and others that work with and advocate for older adults.

“Many LGBT older adults may be uncomfortable or fearful being open about their identity or relationships. SAGECare training is a way to communicate that your community is invested in their well-being,” said Tim R. Johnston, Ph.D., director of National Projects at SAGE.

“SAGECare Platinum communities have trained at least 80 percent of their staff using SAGECare content, which means eight out of every 10 people that LGBT elder interacts with will have completed at least an hour of LGBT cultural competency training.”

United Church Homes’ Fairhaven Community (Upper Sandusky, Ohio), Harmar Place (Marietta, Ohio), Parkvue Community (Sandusky, Ohio) and Trinity Community (Beavercreek, Ohio) individually earned Platinum certification, meaning 80 percent of their employees completed one hour of LGBT aging training and 80 percent of executives and administrators completed four hours of LGBT aging training or four hours of “State of the Agency” consulting by SAGE.

Communities that earned gold-level certification (60 percent of employees, executives and administrators trained) were Four Winds Community (Jackson, Ohio) and Trinity Community at Fairborn (formerly Patriot Ridge) (Fairborn, Ohio). Silver-level certification, with 40 percent of employees, executives and administrators trained, went to Chapel Hill Community (Canal Fulton, Ohio), Glenwood Community (Marietta, Ohio) and Pilgrim Manor (Grand Rapids, Michigan).

United Church Homes also earned Platinum certification for 80 percent of its 1,800 staff members participating in the training the first time it was offered.

The only other organization in Ohio that is SAGECare-certified is the Alzheimer’s Association, with four of its regional offices having earned the Bronze-level certification. In Michigan, Pilgrim Manor joins six other agencies in its commitment to affirming and celebrating LGBT individuals.

By completing the training, United Church Homes and its senior living communities have demonstrated their commitment to affirm LGBT residents, staff members and all others who step onto its campuses. It is another step in the process that began in 2012 with United Church Homes becoming the first health and human services agency in the United Church of Christ to earn the Open and Affirming designation.

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About United Church Homes: United Church Homes, based in Marion, Ohio, has been “Celebrating the Spirit” of seniors for more than a century. The nonprofit, faith-based organization is one of the nation’s largest providers of senior living services, with more than 1,800 dedicated staff serving 4,700 residents of all faiths in 72 senior living 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.

Media Contact: Alissa Paolella, Communications Coordinator, 740.382.4885 or apaolella@uchinc.org

Covenant Service: Pilgrim Manor Joins UCH

The service was part of a relatively new tradition at UCH to welcome new communities into the organization.

During the ceremony, staff from UCH, Pilgrim Manor, the United Church of Christ and the churches that founded Pilgrim Manor wove together fabric that symbolized the hymn Blest Be the Tie That Binds and the tangible relationship between the two organizations that residents should expect daily.

IMG 6405“We believe that our organization is a family of communities and to bring new campuses into our family is kind of like a wedding. It has a spiritual significance — blending different histories, different traditions and different pathways of service,” said Rev. Kenneth Daniel, UCH president and CEO. “We want to bring them in, in a worshipful way, to celebrate our new relationship.”


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2017 UCH Golf Outing

 

United Church Homes 2017 Golf Outing

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Return to the clubhouse for lunch and prizes after tournament play.

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Hospitality Sponsor (limited, ONE available) $5,000

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Mission Sponsor (limited, FOUR available) $2,500

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Golf Cart Sponsor (limited, ONE available) $1,500

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Spirit Sponsor (unlimited) $1,000)

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Practice Sponsor (limited, TWO available) $500

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Door Prize Sponsor (unlimited) $100 or Gift Card

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Memorial Donations (unlimited) $50

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UCH to invest $3 million upgrading assisted living community

Karen Messick, the new executive director of United Church Homes Management, said the makeover is much needed at Pilgrim Manor.

“It enables us to compete with the market demand, which ultimately makes the organization sustainable in the community,” said Messick, who has an office at Pilgrim Manor.

Renovations to Pilgrim Manor will come months after the community announced it had integrated with UCH, a 100-year-old aging services ministry.

Pilgrim Manor’s 19 United Church of Christ shareholder churches voted to approve the integration of the Pilgrim Manor into UCH June 29, 2016. The integration was effective Nov. 1.

The integration increases UCH’s service area to 69 senior living communities in 14 states and two Native American reservations. UCH, one of the largest providers of senior living, has more than 1,500 dedicated staff serving 4,500 residents of all faiths.

For Pilgrim Manor, the integration will strengthen the community’s position in its local market, allowing Pilgrim Manor to grow its programs.

Pilgrim Manor has approximately 170 employees who have all been retained into UCH. Leadership and decision-making will remain at Pilgrim Manor in Grand Rapids.

Messick said she is pleased with Pilgrim Manor’s new relationship with UCH.

“It’s a win-win for both Pilgrim Manor and United Church Homes,” Messick said.

Rev. Kenneth Daniel, president and CEO of UCH, said he is excited United Church Homes is expanding into Michigan.

“We are pleased to partner with Grand Rapids, Michigan to provide affordable housing to seniors and expand our mission to transform aging by building a culture of community, wholeness and peace,” Rev. Daniel said.

Micki Benz, former chair of Pilgrim Manor’s board of directors, praised Pilgrim Manor’s new relationship with UCH and UCH’s investment into Pilgrim Manor.

“United Church Homes has elevated the profile of Pilgrim Manor,” Benz said.

About Pilgrim Manor: Pilgrim Manor was conceived in 1955 by 12 Grand Rapids area Congregational churches, which are now mostly affiliated with the United Church of Christ. It opened in 1963 as an assisted living community for retired seniors. Pilgrim Manor later added skilled nursing services. Today, it operates 55 Medicare/Medicaid dually certified nursing beds and 110 assisted living units on a 10-acre campus near downtown Grand Rapids.

About United Church Homes: United Church Homes has been “Celebrating the Spirit” of seniors for a century. The nonprofit, faith-based organization is one of the largest providers of senior living, with more than 1,500 dedicated staff serving 4,500 residents of all faiths in 69 senior living communities throughout 14 states and two native American reservations. UCH is in covenant with the United Church of Christ and welcomes residents of all faiths.

Contact: Tiffany Latta, United Church Homes Communications Department, 740-382-4884, ext. 2012 or tlatta@uchinc.org.

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A New Place to Call Home

Welcome to Pilgrim Manor

Today Pilgrim Manor operates 55 skilled nursing beds and 110 assisted living apartments on a 10-acre campus near downtown Grand Rapids.

The integration of the organizations will occur at the end of October. This means Pilgrim Manor will continue to operate under its own name but will become a fully owned subsidiary of United Church Homes. UCH will provide direct support to all aspects of Pilgrim Manor’s business enterprise, including accounting, marketing, human resources, and information technology services. Pilgrim Manor’s advancement and fund-raising initiatives, conducted through its foundation, will continue to seek donor support for its charitable activities.

karen messick 0765“This is a ministry, a mission, and a culture with which we are extremely comfortable. It would have been difficult to join with anyone else,” said Karen Messick, executive director of Pilgrim Manor. “We share so much as organizations that it’s a near-perfect fit. This integration will ensure that we can continue to offer the services and care that people expect from Pilgrim Manor.”

Rev. Kenneth Daniel, president and CEO of UCH, said, “Given the commonality of United Church Homes’ and Pilgrim Manor’s faith-based heritage within the United Church of Christ, the addition of Pilgrim Manor into the UCH family of communities is the epitome of a win-win situation. The integration enables Pilgrim Manor to continue to provide quality services to seniors in the Grand Rapids area while deriving efficiencies through the utilization of UCH resources.”

The addition of Pilgrim Manor also enables UCH to continue to realize its strategic goal of expanding its nonprofit mission in a geographic area that is ripe with further strategic opportunities. Following the integration, United Church Homes’ operating footprint will expand by approximately 10 percent. Rev. Daniel noted, “With Pilgrim Manor’s reputation for quality and its strong network of relationships around the region, we believe this venture will enable us to expand services in the greater Grand Rapids region.”

Pilgrim Manor traces its origins to 1955 when a dozen Grand Rapids area Congregational churches, most of which are now affiliated with the UCC, first conceived of building a senior care community. It opened in 1963 as an assisted living community for retired seniors, and later added skilled nursing services. Today Pilgrim Manor operates 55 skilled nursing beds and 110 assisted living apartments on a 10-acre campus near downtown Grand Rapids.

Members of Pilgrim Manor’s management team met with UCH leadership staff during the Centennial Celebration in July, where they received a warm and genuine welcome. “Spending time with the people from UCH has been amazing,” said Karen. “We’re looking forward to the vast network of skills, talented people, and support that UCH has, and are so thrilled to see that everyone associated with United Church Homes is so rooted in the mission. The commitment and the passion are almost tangible.”

Both UCH and Pilgrim Manor share relationships with the regional and statewide branches of the United Church of Christ and are members of its national Council for Health and Human Service Ministries (CHHSM) and the American Health Care Association (AHCA). Both Rev. Daniel and Ms. Messick serve on the National Non Profit Council of the AHCA. In addition, Ms. Messick sits on the board of the Health Care Association of Michigan.