Autumn 2018


On The Cover

Rev. Kenneth Daniel (right), president and CEO of United Church Homes, presents Dr. Ira Byock with an award for contributions to aging at the third annual Symposium.

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Inside the Issue:


Campaign for Abundant Life

The Campaign for Abundant Life is increasing in momentum as more individuals, churches and community partners respond with support. 2018 marks year two of the five-year comprehensive campaign. The goal is to raise funds for charitable care, pastoral care, the Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging, updated campuses for…

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A Journey from Kenya to Friendship Plaza

When it was incorporated in 1947, Lincoln Heights was the first primarily black self-governing community north of the Mason-Dixon line. Today, it has one of the highest concentrations of African-American residents in the state of Ohio — 95.5 percent — according to the census. Yvonne’s journey to Friendship Plaza included…

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Supporters Honored at Donor Appreciation Events

At each event, UCH presented three awards — the Diakonie Award, the Spirit Award and the Ben M. Herbster Award. 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. The Spirit Award…

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UCH Supports Staff Members through Liver Transplant

On Aug. 27, MaryJane received a clean bill of health from doctors at her 11-year checkup after receiving a liver transplant. In 1997, MaryJane was diagnosed with Hepatitis C, a viral infection that causes liver inflammation and eventually led to cirrhosis. In 2000, doctors told MaryJane she would need a…

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Becky Stacy Joins UCH to Lead Pilgrim Manor

Becky was searching for career opportunities closer to family when she learned of the position at Pilgrim Manor. While interviewing with interim administrator and United Church Homes Management Executive Director Karen Messick, Becky learned of the organization’s mission, vision and core values. “I was excited to find a community that…

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United Church Homes recently welcomed Amy Bonacuse as the New Director of Marketing

Amy is a native of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and a graduate of Shippensburg University, where she studied communications and public relations. She started her career in retail healthcare, working in public relations for Rite Aid Corporation while that chain was on a fast-track to national growth. Career opportunities brought Amy to…

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Dorothy Eckert Makes Lasting Impact

Dorothy has served more than 30 years on the Fairhaven Community Volunteer Service Group and, at one time, as volunteer coordinator. Dorothy remembers her grandparents and parents canning fruits and vegetables for Fairhaven when she was a little girl. Her parents, John and Mary Rinnert, and her grandparents, Harry and…

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After Losing Partner, Man Finds Home at Morning Star

Then, the unspeakable happened. In a freak accident, Larry tragically fell, immediately dying from trauma to his brain. It was Aug. 2, 2017, and Steve was left with nothing. “Devastated, I didn’t know what to do. Unfortunately, we weren’t prepared for an untimely death. We hadn’t completed a will ensuring…

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Journey to Parkvue: Neighbors Discover They Share an Incredible Bond

New Parkvue resident Dr. E. Anne Eddowes was familiar with United Church Homes because she grew up with Ruth Frost Parker, a former Board member and the largest single benefactor in UCH history. Anne decided to move to UCH’s Parkvue campus in early 2018 after splitting her time between Arizona…

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Abundant Aging Through the End of Life

Over 200 people attended the third annual Symposium of the Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging at Marriott Columbus University Area. The Symposium featured education and discussion on end-of-life issues, said Rev. Beth Long-Higgins, executive director of the Parker Center. The keynote speaker was Dr. Ira Byock, a leading…

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