Naples United Church of Christ in Florida received the 2018 Diakonie Award. Naples UCC members have worked with Cypress Run Senior Housing Community in Immokalee, Florida, in ways ranging from special offerings to interfaith emergency mobilization. Beyond financial assistance, NUCC worked shoulder to shoulder with members of local Methodist and Catholic churches to move every single resident out of the building in a single day due to a weather-related evacuation.
The Diakonie Award is presented to congregations to honor those who have demonstrated faithfulness in their support of the mission of United Church Homes and its communities.
Dorothy E. Eckert was the 2018 Spirit Award recipient. Born in Marion, Ohio, Eckert is a member of First United Church of Christ, Marion. She served on the United Church Homes Board of Directors from 1987 to 1996 and continued on the Housing Board until 2004, when she moved to Colorado. Throughout her years on the Board, Eckert prioritized a visit to each of UCH’s housing communities, where she learned of the great need for affordable housing for older adults and of UCH’s commitment to this ministry.
The Spirit Award is presented to individuals who best exemplify the volunteerism, advocacy, inspiration and spirit for the residents and their families of United Church Homes communities.
Finally, Rev. Dr. David Schwab received the 2018 Ben M. Herbster Award. A current member of the UCH Board of Directors, Schwab is particularly committed to housing services because he values “home,” believing that everyone should be able to live in a safe, comfortable home with dignity.
The Ben M. Herbster Award, named after the first president of the United Church of Christ, is presented to individuals who best exemplify the philosophy, leadership, philanthropic spirit and achievements of the late Ben M. Herbster.
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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.
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