Supporters honored at United Church Homes event

David’s United Church of Christ 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. The church has partnered with Trinity Community for years.

Mary Tymeson and Ethel Lucile Phillips 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.

Tymeson, a native of Marysville and a Miami University graduate, has been a Trinity donor for more than 10 years and has an endowment established at the Dayton Foundation in her name. The Tymeson Society of Stephen Fund distributes an annual check to Trinity.

Phillips has been a Patriot Ridge volunteer and donor for several years. She said she enjoys working with Patriot Ridge residents and staff.

“I feel I give them a small portion of myself each time I visit. I feel I owe a debt to those residents who are veterans of our armed services for their unselfish service and that I, in my own small way, let all the residents know they are not forgotten by their community.”

Frederick Feicht, a Trinity resident, and Roger L. Blakely, Jr. received the Spirit Award. The award is presented to individuals who exemplify volunteerism, advocacy, inspiration and spirit for the residents of the UCH communities and their families.

Feicht, of Dayton, has volunteered at Trinity for decades. He plays the organ at chapel, Sunday services, during the Christmas season and every Friday morning. He also volunteers to greet residents and visitors at Trinity and calls bingo games

Blakely is a retired chief warrant officer in the United States Army and currently works for the National Air and Space Intelligence Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton. He has been volunteering at Patriot Ridge since April 2015.

Crystal Swayne was honored with the President’s Award of Distinction, the highest honor for staff and board volunteers. Swayne will retire this year after nearly 35 years of service at Trinity. During her tenure, she provided daily values-driven work in her role as Activity Director, but also was personally responsible for relationships that led to $1.1 million in gifts to enhance Trinity.

Rev. Kenneth Daniel, president and CEO of United Church Homes, thanked Crystal for their service with this special award exclusively for individuals who have done something of such merit and impact that it creates transformative change.

“Your service allows us to continue our mission and create Abundant life,” 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 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.

United Church Homes to add 20 new jobs in $18M Trinity Community expansion

UCH, a national nonprofit, faith-based senior living provider based in Marion, will add two new, two-story buildings, which will each include 32 assisted living private and semi-private apartments, with 16 apartments dedicated to residents living with dementia and Alzheimer’s at Trinity, 3218 Indian Ripple Road.

In addition, eight existing cottage homes on campus will be replaced by 12 new two-bedroom and three-bedroom independent living cottage homes.

The estimated cost of the multi-phased project is between $16 million to $18 million. Construction is expected to begin by spring 2018, and the project is projected to be completed in 15 to 18 months.

United Church Homes received conditional approval to move forward with the project from the Beavercreek Planning Commission earlier this month. UCH leaders will seek approval for the expansion from Beavercreek City Council Sept. 11.

Trinity currently has 181 independent living, assisted living and cottage homes and 99 long-term care and rehabilitation beds on a 25-acre campus.

The expansion will add new walking paths, spacious indoor common and activity areas, a new fitness and therapy center and snack stations in the memory care neighborhoods. Each cottage home will be between 1,800-and 2,100-square-feet with a one-car garage.

United Church Homes executives said the project will bring between 15 and 20 new jobs to Beavercreek that will include dining services, housekeeping, maintenance and nursing positions. Salaries for these positions are expected to range between $25,000 to $65,000 per year plus benefits. The average annual salary will be approximately $38,000.

Charles Mooney, senior vice president and chief operating officer, said the project is an investment in Trinity, which has provided high quality senior housing and supportive senior services for decades in the Miami Valley.

“The project will add new service capacity and state-of-the-art senior living options for Beavercreek’s residents. It will allow Trinity Community to build upon its legacy of service excellence and market leadership,” Mooney said.

David Zack, director of operations at United Church Homes, said the additional independent living, assisted living and memory care neighborhoods will allow residents to “age in place.”

“Residents can move from independent living to assisted living to memory care all on the same campus,” Zack said. “We’re also at the forefront of dementia research and are incorporating new programs in dementia care training and services for our residents.”

Trinity offers dementia care programs such as Music & Memory, Opening Minds through Art and iN2L (It’s Never Too Late) technology, which allows residents to connect with others online with a touch-screen computer. Staff are trained in Comfort Matters dementia care, an award-winning palliative care program that improves the quality of life of people living with the disease.

Rev. Kenneth Daniel, president and CEO of United Church Homes, said the expansion project at Trinity is an investment in the modernization of the community.

“It’s an investment that will help Trinity meet what today’s seniors are looking for and grow the community in an innovative fashion,” Rev. Daniel said.

Research shows seniors are living longer and healthier lives and that the number of people 65 and older has increased tenfold in the last century.

“We are expanding to reposition our campus. We’re seeing a greater need for independent living, assisted living and memory care options. We currently have assisted living apartments on campus and dementia programs in place, but we want to further develop these programs with these new options,” Zack said.

Trinity Community Expansion Project Numbers:

  • Cost: $16 million to $18 million
  • Independent Living Cottages: 12
  • Assisted Living Apartments: 48
  • Memory Care Apartments (Rooms): 16
  • Total Units: 64

(Trinity currently has 88 independent living and assisted living apartments and 26 cottage homes. The cottages are two-bedroom and three-bedroom cottage homes.)

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 70 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.

Contact: United Church Homes Communications Department, 740-382-4885.

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2017 UCH Golf Outing

United Church Homes 2017 Golf Outing

REGISTER BY SEPTEMBER 1

Schedule for the Day

Schedule for the Day

8:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:45 a.m. Call to Carts

9:00 a.m. Shotgun Start

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

How to Register

2017 UCH Golf Outing Brochure

Register by email:
csandridge@uchinc.org

Register by phone:
740.382.4885 ask for Cale

Register by mail:
Complete the registration form

United Church Homes
170 East Center Street | PO Box 1806
Marion, OH 43301-1806


  • Registration: $100 per person
    (Register by September 1)
  • Raffle Tickets: 2 for $15

Sponsorship Levels

Sponsorship Opportunities

Abundant Life Sponsor (limited, ONE available) $10,000|close

  • Registration for (8) golfers, lunch included
  • Event titled after sponsor on banner at registration
  • Sponsor name featured on banquet room signage
  • Hosted drinks, reserved parking, raffle tickets and mulligans for foursomes
  • Hole-in-one grand prize sponsor
  • Sponsor logo on website
  • Sponsor name listed in annual report
  • Sponsor recognized on UCH social media platforms

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

  • Registration for (4) golfers, lunch included
  • Sponsor name featured on banner at registration
  • Sponsor name featured on large banner in breakfast and lunch area
  • Sponsor name featured on beverage cart
  • Hosted drinks, reserved parking, raffle tickets and mulligans for foursome
  • Sponsor logo on website
  • Sponsor name listed in annual report
  • Sponsor recognized on UCH social media platforms

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

  • Registration for (4) golfers, lunch included
  • Sponsor name featured on banner at registration
  • Hosted drinks, reserved parking, raffle tickets and mulligans for foursome
  • Prize hole sponsor – longest drive, closest to the pin
  • Sponsor logo on website
  • Sponsor name listed in annual report
  • Sponsor recognized on UCH social media platforms

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

  • Registration for (4) golfers, lunch included
  • Sponsor name featured on golf carts during tournament
  • Sponsor name featured on banner at registration
  • Hosted drinks, reserved parking, raffle tickets and mulligans for foursome
  • Sponsor logo on website
  • Sponsor name listed in annual report
  • Sponsor recognized on UCH social media platforms

Spirit Sponsor (unlimited) $1,000)

  • Registration for (4) golfers, lunch included
  • Sponsor name featured on banner at registration
  • Hole sponsor
  • Sponsor logo on website
  • Sponsor name listed in annual report
  • Hosted drinks, raffle tickets and mulligans for foursome

Practice Sponsor (limited, TWO available) $500

  • Sponsor name featured on sign at practice green
  • Sponsor logo on website
  • Sponsor name listed in annual report

Door Prize Sponsor (unlimited) $100 or Gift Card

  • Sponsor name featured on signage in banquet room
  • Sponsor logo on website
  • Sponsor name listed in annual report

Memorial Donations (unlimited) $50

  • Memorial name listed on signage

103-year-old Trinity resident to be honored by Beavercreek mayor

Vivian Van Ausdal turns 103 in April, and will be honored by Beavercreek mayor

Vivian Van Ausdal turns 103 on April 23, but will celebrate her big day early at a party at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Great Room at Trinity Community, 3218 Indian Ripple Road in Beavercreek.

Stone said his family has known Vivian for years.

“She has always been a staple in the community for many, many years be it at the library or the school system. The list of activities she has been involved in has been endless. On behalf of the city of Beavercreek we congratulate Vivian on reaching this milestone,” Stone said.

Vivian was born in Palestine, Ohio and now has lived at Trinity since 2009.

She was married to Gerald Francis Van Ausdal, who is now deceased. She is the mother of four boys.

Vivian earned a bachelor’s degree from the College of Arts and Sciences in pre-school education from Miami University in 1937, according to the Miami University.

She was a Democratic candidate for the Ohio House of Representatives 10th District, an English teacher at Beavercreek High School. Vivian was also a member of the Greene County Educational Service Committee, served as the board president of the Green County Public Library and a trustee of the Greene County Library Foundation. In addition, she was a member of Hawker United Church of Christ and had been a volunteer at Trinity for many years prior to moving into the United Church Homes community.

United Church Homes President and CEO Rev. Kenneth Daniel wished Vivian a happy birthday and congratulated her for reaching such a significant milestone. He also thanked Mayor Stone for honoring her and participating in the celebration on Wednesday.

Importance of Community Chaplains

Rev. Beth Rodenhouse, Rev. Erin McCreight, Rev. Catherine Lawrence, Rev. Sandy Hutchinson (back row, left to right) Rev. Becky King, Rev. Dale Brown, Rev. Dr. Robert Smitley, Rev. Greta Wagner, Rev. Hannah Niday (front row, left to right)

Providing spiritual care and comfort for people who are experiencing life’s difficulties, and having trained and credentialed pastors present and available when residents, families, friends and staff struggle with illness, grief, loss, or pain.

That’s one way to describe what makes United Church Homes different and distinctive. We believe that quality of life — and with it a healthy approach to aging — stems from addressing an individual’s physical, emotional, AND spiritual needs.
We call this concept wholeness. Our mission is to build a culture where wholeness is both visible and viable.

After recently adding four new chaplains — all of whom are ordained and endorsed by the church — UCH now employs full-time chaplains at all of its healthcare communities in Ohio. In addition to having backgrounds in patient and family care settings, all UCH chaplains bring clinical pastoral education (CPE) training and experience to their positions. CPE provides a framework that emphasizes the actual practice of ministry with people of all faiths with pastoral supervision, self-reflection, and the support of peers in small groups.

Our chaplains have well-developed skills in spiritual direction, grief counseling, crisis intervention, and spiritual wellness. Whether they share their gifts by praying with folks or simply being a sounding-board, the intent is to help people heal emotionally or regain a sense of spiritual well-being. UCH continues to invest in people that are passionate about personalized care and ministry, and focused on the whole person, regardless of their faith.

At Parkvue Community in Sandusky, our new chaplain is Rev. Catherine Lawrence, who most recently served for seven years as pastor of Zion United Church of Christ, Fireside, in Bellevue. After earning her Master of Divinity degree at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio, she was ordained in December 2008, with full standing in the Northwest Ohio Association of the Ohio Conference of the United Church of Christ. She also served on the Board of Directors for United Church Homes for four years.

Rev. Hannah Niday is now the chaplain at Four Winds Community in Jackson. Hannah most recently completed her chaplaincy residency at the Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky. She also worked at the VA Medical Center in Washington, D.C. She is currently working toward board certification. Hannah earned her Master of Divinity degree in 2015 from Wesley Theological Seminary. She is ordained through the Alliance of Baptists, accompanied by an Ecclesiastical Endorsement.

Harmar Place and Glenwood Community in Marietta welcome

Rev. Erin McCreight to their teams. Erin previously worked as a chaplain for Harbor Light Hospice in Akron. She completed her CPE internship at the VA Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee, and her CPE residency in South Carolina. Erin earned her Master of Divinity degree at Vanderbilt Divinity School in 2010.

Rev. Dr. Robert Smitley is the interim chaplain at Patriot Ridge Community. With over 30 years of ordained ministry serving churches in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Illinois, Bob is no stranger to spiritual care. He has earned his Master of Divinity degree from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctorate of Philosophy degree from Emmanuel Baptist University. Bob was ordained into the Gospel Ministry at the Chicago Metropolitan Association of the Illinois Conference United Church of Christ, and has been in full standing with the Southwest Ohio/Northern Kentucky Association of the Ohio Conference of the United Church of Christ since 2011.

Compassionate caring, including a focus on spiritual care, is a cornerstone of what United Church Homes does every day. It is our mission to transform aging by building a culture of community, wholeness, and peace. For more on pastoral care and the chaplains in UCH communities, please contact Rev. Beth Long-Higgins, director of outreach and mission integration, at blong-higgins@uchinc.org.

Our mission is to build a culture where wholeness is both visible and viable.

Trinity: 35+ Years of Service

Trinity Community

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Nelly Rupert
35 years of service

Spirit 35years Charles Mills

Charles Mills
36 years of service

Spirit 35years Sophia Sweitzer

Sophia Sweitzer
36 years of service

Spirit 35years Deborah Popp

Deborah Popp
37 years of service

Spirit 35years Nora Penn

Nora Penn
38 years of service

Spirit 35years Lulu Jane Jones

Lulu “Jane” Jones
39 years of service

Spirit 35years Michelle Mickie Newman

Michelle “Mickie” Newman
39 years of service

Spirit 35years Darlene Marrs

Darlene Marrs
40 years of service

Tatum Hill: Big Impact, Young Girl

Tatum Hill posing with some friends

Dear Trinity,

For my birthday I asked the people I invited to bring money instead of gifts to donate to your home. I hope this brings happiness to all the residents. My brother Cannon did his eagle scout project here and he really enjoyed talking to all of the residents.

From,
Tatum Hill

Twelve-year-old Tatum Hill decided this would be a different kind of birthday. Following in the footsteps of big brother Cannon, who recently completed an Eagle Scout project at Trinity, Tatum wanted to do something to raise money for the residents at Trinity. She asked guests coming to her birthday party to bring money rather than gifts, so that she might donate funds to the residents at the Beavercreek community. Trinity and the residents there might have met their youngest donor, and appreciate Tatum’s thoughtfulness and gracious gift.

Trinity Hosts CHALICE Event, Honors Award Winners

Trinity Awards

In order to solidify its engagement with specific community churches and congregation members, United Church Homes recently launched its new CHALICE Partner Program. The inaugural event took place at Trinity Community in Beavercreek at the end of May. The event saw good turnout, and Trinity Community was pleased to have 2014’s Rev. Dr. Ben M. Herbster award winners, Shaun and Susan Nicholson, in attendance. They were honored this night because they were unable to attend the annual donor recognition dinner held at Beavercreek Golf Club in June.

award-dinner-trinityShaun and Susan Nicholson are fervent volunteers at Trinity Community. Susan began volunteering at Trinity when her father, Delbert Nestrick, moved there in 1999. She continued to help out as her uncle, Olen Nestrick, and Shaun’s mother, Carolyn Nicholson, needed long-term care. For many years she worked with Brian Gregg in Trinity’s therapy department to help him transport her many friends at Trinity to and from therapy. Every spring, Susan and her father would plant a garden, growing flowers and tomatoes to share. Both Susan and Shaun have made many wonderful friends at Trinity, and continue to recommend and refer many people. Congratulations on being the 2014 Rev. Dr. Ben M. Herbster Award recipients.

Representatives from Kettering Hospital were also present for the CHALICE event, offering bone density scans for those present. The speaker for the evening was Individualized Medical Consultant Travis Gibbs of PGXL Laboratories, featuring a discussion on genetic testing to help shed light on the technical advances in medicine.

“The CHALICE program paves the way for building relationships and support within congregations, churches and individuals within our United Church Homes communities. CHALICE not only promotes financial support for the mission of UCH, but strongly encourages direct engagement and volunteer participation in this ministry,” says Rev. Beth Long-Higgins, director of church and community relations for United Church Homes.

Please visit our website at www.unitedchurchhomes.org for information on the CHALICE program. Our next event will be held at Patriot Ridge Community in Fairborn, Ohio, on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014. The focus for this event will be on holistic healing. If you need additional information about the event or additional registration forms, please contact either Jennifer Gibbs (JGibbs@uchinc.org), 937.416.4726 or Beth Long-Higgins (BLong-Higgins@uchinc.org), 740.361.3354.

Trinity Community Features Dogtors Certified Therapy Dogs

Dogtors Certified

Trinity Community would like to congratulate the dogs and their owners for receiving their certification on Monday, May 19, from the Dogtors Animal-Assisted Therapy Program. Out of thousands of therapy animals across the nation, only a few are actually certified. Other groups may register their teams through standard testing, but Animal-Assisted Therapy holds a higher standard of testing, especially with facilities who want to offer clients their very best. Services are provided free to the community. Check out dogtors.com for more information.

Trinity Administrator Earns Diakonal Minister Designation

Diakonal

(Beavercreek)—Laura Farrell, Administrator at Trinity Community in Beavercreek, was recently consecrated as a Diakonal Minister by the Council for Health and Human Services Ministries (CHHSM) at a ceremony that took place in mid-December at St. John’s United Church of Christ in St. Louis, Mo. The designation was bestowed upon Farrell after she completed a year-long program focusing on providing leadership by connecting professional excellence with faith-based purpose.

The curriculum for this distinction is administered by the CHHSM Nollau Institute, a Cleveland-based organization related to the United Church of Christ denomination. Named for a 19th century German pastor, Rev. Louis Edward Nollau who founded several major health and social services ministries in the St. Louis area, the Institute provides leadership development for middle and upper level managers of CHHSM member agencies. St. John’s UCC, St. Louis, is the church that Nollau served in the mid-19th century.

Farrell completed her training by attending four retreats held in St. Louis and Wisconsin, and by engaging in on-line dialog and peer mentoring with other consecrated Diakonal Ministers throughout the year. She was one of 19 people to complete the training in 2013.

“We are delighted to have Laura earn this designation,” said Rev. Kenneth Daniel, President and CEO of United Church Homes, which operates Trinity Community. “It reflects United Church Homes’ mission to provide personalized, holistic care to our residents, and will help Laura to continue embracing a faith-based approach to her leadership role.” Farrell has served as Administrator at Trinity for nearly 19 years. United Church Homes traces its founding in 1916 back to German Protestant churches in the Toledo area. Today UCH is one of the largest senior living ministries affiliated with the United Church of Christ.

Based in Marion, Ohio, United Church Homes serves over 3500 people in six healthcare and retirement communities in Ohio, 49 affordable housing communities in 13 states, and manages eleven housing and health care facilities for other owners.

Love of the Game Makes One Man’s Dreams Come True

John Meyer

The crack of the bat, the roar of the crowd, the smell of hot dogs and peanuts wafting through the stands. This is baseball, America’s pastime.

Many young boys dream of playing professional baseball, but few ever make it. John Meyer lived the dream.

Now a resident of Trinity Community of Beavercreek, Meyer was drafted by the Cleveland Indians out of college in the 1960s. He played two seasons for the organization’s minor league club in Reno, Nev., before deciding to step away.

“I had a lot of fun,” he says, “but when it was time, I knew when to give it up.”

Meyer, 67, spent his summers playing city league baseball as a youth. The thrill of the game tantalized him, and he idolized players such as Cincinnati Reds power hitter Ted Kluszewski.

Meyer went on to help his high school team win a state championship in Ohio and he earned a baseball scholarship to attend the University of Cincinnati, the program that produced Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax.

Meyer’s .400 batting average with the Bearcats naturally attracted major league scouts.

“I was actually drafted three times,” says Meyer, “once in 1966 by the New York Mets and twice in 1967 by the Cleveland Indians. I turned down the Mets because I was only a junior, and I wanted to finish school.”

After signing with the Indians, Meyer played catcher for the Reno Silver Sox until 1969.

“The best part was the game,” he says. “The worst part was the traveling. But it was fun, and it was challenging. There were many good players out there, and I got the chance to do what everyone dreams of doing.”

And while Meyer retired from playing professional baseball, he never really left the game. While serving as an assistant dean at Ohio State University, he rooted for his beloved Reds and played in adult baseball leagues. Meyer participated on two national championship teams in a league for players 50 and older.

He and Marilyn, his wife of 47 years, also helped their two children develop athletically. Their daughter, Heather, played soccer, basketball and swam competitively. Their son, John, followed in his father’s footsteps and played baseball. Both children are grown, with children of their own, and Meyer cherishes the time he spends playing with and coaching them.

“There’s an old saying, ’There’s no I in team,’ and sports really teaches that,” says Meyer. “They teach you how to work together and how to be as concerned about your teammates as you are for yourself.”