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Dormitory201928At United Church Homes, “Celebrating the Spirit” is not just a tagline, it’s a commitment. In fact, long before becoming United Church Homes, the organization was hard at work creating a community based on core values like Compassion, Hospitality, Respect, Integrity, Stewardship and Transparency – values that create a solid platform for holistic, person-centered care.

Since 1916, when Matthew and Jane Smith donated 168 acres in Holland, Ohio, to build a “fair haven” for seniors, our calling has been to foster an environment of purposeful living. Today, United Church Homes is extending this hospitality to people of all faiths, gender expression and sexual orientations, as outlined by the United Church Homes board.

On May 25, 1920, when staff and residents moved to what would later be called “Fairhaven” in Upper Sandusky, the vision began to take root. Almost before building could be completed, word of the comfortable grounds and excellent care spread and applications poured in. What began as a home for seven residents was quickly amended and plans were made for an expansion. Today, the organization serves thousands of seniors in 68 communities and Fairhaven remains a beacon of light in the United Church Homes family of residences.

Through challenging times, our optimistic spirit and resiliency resulted in continued growth rather than decline, even through the Great Depression. Sound fiscal stewardship created a lasting legacy of responsible management that is a hallmark of the company. As we expand our ministry and search for ways to improve care, we also continue to celebrate not only the spirit of seniors, but the spirit of the organization as well.

Key points in our history

 

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The Future

United Church Homes will continue to grow and diversify our portfolio in key geographic regions, but our core mission will remain the same. As we expand our services in the residential and healthcare profession, we’re building on a rich commitment to personal and spiritual growth. For nearly a century, we’ve been celebrating the spirit—of seniors, of our team members and of our communities. In the decades to come, the celebration will continue.

To learn more about our history or our comprehensive model of senior living, visit a community near you.

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