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BREMEN, Ind. – Oakhaven Community, a United Church Homes affordable housing community for older adults in Bremen, Indiana, recently received a grant for $1,800 from the Marshall County Community Foundation. The grant funded enhancements to Oakhaven’s outdoor recreational space, including a new gazebo to entice Oakhaven residents to come outside more and socialize with their neighbors. A number of community businesses and groups helped with the project.

Numerous studies have pointed to the negative effects social isolation has on overall health and cognitive functioning. Social isolation is associated with an increased risk for coronary heart disease and stroke.

Beyond the social benefits, being outdoors has physical and emotional benefits. Sun exposure provides Vitamin D, which is essential for good emotional health, supports healthy brain functioning and plays a key role in maintaining a healthy immune system and strong bones and regulating insulin levels.

The greater community pitched in to create Oakhaven’s new space. Ozinga Concrete donated the concrete for the pad and sidewalk leading to the gazebo, and the city of Bremen donated time to prepare the area and lay the pad and sidewalk. The Bremen High School football team, coaches and parents volunteered to assemble the gazebo.

“We’re grateful for the Marshall County Community Foundation and other groups who made this project possible,” said Jennifer Adams, service coordinator at Oakhaven. “With their help, we completed the project on a tight budget, and minimized safety issues by adding a sidewalk to the area. Now our residents have a beautiful outdoor gathering space to enjoy.”

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-inspired 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, 740.692.2243 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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