Supporters honored at United Church Homes Event

Trinity Church 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 provided volunteers and financial support through special offerings and regular mission giving since Chapel Hill opened more than 50 years ago.

Maryalice Roush 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. Roush learned about Chapel Hill more than five decades ago when groups from Christ United Church of Christ offered programs at the community. Roush has been donating to Chapel Hill for more than 30 years.

Sandra Lee Mercier and Gary and Cheryl Oakleaf 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.

Mercier has volunteered at Chapel Hill for 10 years. She teaches residents how to make crafts and greeting cards and volunteers for a ceramics program. The Oakleafs have been volunteering for 13 years in the ceramics program, which was originally started by Grace UCC.

Rev. Kenneth Daniel, president and CEO of United Church Homes, thanked Roush, Trinity Church UCC, Mercier and the Oakleafs for their service.

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