United Church Homes, Fairhaven Community recognized by OSU’s Alber Enterprise Center

United Church Homes was one of four long-term care organizations recognized with the Collaboration in Developing the Future Workforce Award.

“We’re thrilled to be able to honor these clients and partners for their commitment to continuous improvement and pursuit of excellence in their respective industries,” said Myra Wilson, MS, SHRM-SCP, Director.

The Alber Enterprise Center recognized United Church Homes and Fairhaven for their participation in the Elder Care Certificate pilot program, a grant-funded, professional development program for direct care employees. By the end of the pilot, participants felt valued, which can lead to improved morale and less employee turnover. Additionally, participants report having a better understanding of the aging population they serve. The ECC pilot program is expanding to be offered across other industries in Ohio and gaining statewide recognition.

“Many UCH staff members express that they derive internal satisfaction by delivering exceptional care to the older adults they serve,” said Scott Slutz, vice president of human resources at United Church Homes. “We find it extremely beneficial to empower our team to seek development opportunities, such as the Elder Care Certificate program, that enhance their capacity and capability to serve. We are proud and honored to receive this award.”

Fairhaven Community Administrator Lori Marsh said her team had a positive experience in the Elder Care Certificate program.

“Critical components of quality care include teamwork and a value system that keeps employees in tune with the needs of their coworkers,” Marsh said. “When employees are working with one another, respect is key to understanding we are all in this together. Empowering people to create and be involved is imperative to success in the customer-service model of any organization.”

For more information about United Church Homes, visit unitedchurchhomes.org.


About United Church Homes: United Church Homes, headquartered in Marion, Ohio, has been “Celebrating the Spirit” of older adults for more than a century. The faith-based 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, 740.382.4885 or apaolella@uchinc.org