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The Promise of Technology for Aging Abundantly

On Oct. 11, 2019, academics and healthcare professionals joined United Church Homes leadership, staff and friends to participate in the Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging Fourth Annual Symposium: The Promise of Technology for Aging Abundantly. Set in the beautiful Renaissance Westerville-Polaris Hotel in central Ohio, the conference offered…


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Former Board Member Recognized with Legacy Leader Award

A former United Church Homes Board member received a standing ovation when he was recognized with the Rev. Dr. Diller Legacy Leadership Award for outstanding leadership at the Housing Services Donor Appreciation Dinner. Robert C. Kutschbach served on the Board of Directors during the 2007 recession and helped guide the…


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Tennessee Housing Manager’s Career Reaches New Heights

Rosie Hughey, a 25-year United Church Homes staff member, is having a sensational year. The manager of Glendale Commons and Fox Hollow Community in Covington, Tennessee, Rosie was named to the Covington-Tipton County Chamber of Commerce in June and won a regional association award in September. Rosie was sworn in…


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UCH Board Welcomes New Member

J.B. Boothe Joins UCH Board For J.B. Boothe, volunteering for the United Church Homes Board of Directors felt predestined. J.B.’s experience complements the 17-member UCH Board. Board member Karl Ulrich introduced J.B. to UCH after they met at Nexus United Church of Christ. “I have worked with older adults most…


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Youth Experiences Aging Services Through Volunteerism

Anisha Chopra walks into Parkvue Community in Sandusky, Ohio. She strolls confidently toward Frosty’s Life Enrichment Center. There, she waves at some of the residents, giving them a sweet smile. It’s another day of volunteering. Anisha is getting her first taste of the aging services profession through her volunteer work.…


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Another Year, Another Ring Around Our Tree

This time of year, we are reminded about the passing of time as the leaves change color around us. My favorite season, fall, is a good time to reflect on the year’s accomplishments. At United Church Homes, our newest ring marks a tree that will be 104 years old in…


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Yellow Springs Man Joins Parker Center Staff for Encore Career

Del Mar Fellow Funded Through Dayton Foundation A Yellow Springs, Ohio, retiree has joined the staff of United Church Homes’ Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging, thanks to a grant from the Dayton Foundation, with plans to develop a video-based curriculum about ageism. It is the latest way the…


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Ageism: A Prejudice with Dire Consequences for Older Adults

If you’ve been following United Church Homes over the past few years, you’re probably familiar with the term ageism. But what exactly is ageism, and how does it impact the lives of the nation’s older adults? The following is a Q&A with Rev. Beth Long-Higgins, executive director of UCH’s Ruth…


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Volunteer Finds Family at Cherry Arbors

Rhonda Farley was tired to the bone. She had spent the past several years waking at 4 a.m. daily to help care for her aging mother. With the assistance of her grown son, Rhonda was providing around-the-clock care for her mother, Georgena, who was experiencing the early stages of Alzheimer’s…


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Sue Sheidler Reflects on 12 Years on UCH Board

Sue Sheidler has spent the past 11 years serving tirelessly on the United Church Homes Board of Directors. Throughout her tenure, Sue has served on every committee, including as chair of the nominating committee from 2009 – 2019. She was Board secretary from 2014 – 2018. Sue’s background in nursing…


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Stubbs Endowment Continues Legacy of Giving

The late Gertrude “Gertie” Stubbs made a long-lasting impact on United Church Homes’ Fairhaven Community in Upper Sandusky, Ohio. United Church Homes’ computer donor records go back to the early 1980s, showing Gertie began giving in 1983 and continued for a total of 22 years before her passing in May…


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UCH Welcomes New Leadership Staff

United Church Homes recently welcomed two new members to its leadership team as part of a strategic plan to drive growth in its senior living and affordable housing divisions. Sean Riley Sean Riley joined UCH as the regional director of operations for northern Ohio and Michigan. He is responsible for…


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A Family Affair

In May, I will complete two years as the chairperson of the UCH Board of Directors and nine years on the Board, so it seems like an appropriate time to reflect on the connections and influences that draw people to a ministry like United Church Homes. Over the years that…


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Making an Impact

As part of its core value of transparency, UCH has begun documenting community benefits in three areas: Creating Abundant Life in Community Investment in Transforming Aging Building a Culture of Community, Wholeness and Peace Staff members track data related to the mission, vision and values by answering questions such as:…


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Reflections on the Miami Valley LGBT Horizons of Aging Summit

By Emily Howard Editor’s Note: The following is a blog post by Emily Howard, intern with the Advancement Office and Clinical Pastoral Education at Trinity Community’s ACPE Center, about the LGBT Horizons of Aging Summit, a two-day conference held in February in Dayton. To subscribe to the weekly blog, visit…


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In Memory: Connie Frater

Connie Frater, manager of Shawnee Springs in Bellefontaine, Ohio, died Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, following a prolonged hospital stay. She had been the manager of Shawnee Springs since it opened in 1995 and helped train many managers over the years. Connie was always willing to help wherever she was needed.…


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Chapel Hill’s Inaugural Resident Giving Campaign Was a Big Success

Through the hot summer months, Chapel Hill Community residents dreamed of frozen custard, but the community didn’t have a custard machine. Members of the Chapel Hill Residents Council decided this was an excellent project to tackle. Their plan was to raise the money for the custard machine and also encourage…


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Parkvue Community’s Walking Path Project Fully Funded

Nestled in a quiet, picturesque setting in Sandusky, Ohio, Parkvue Community has beautiful flowers, landscaping and water features for residents to enjoy. One of the highlights for all has been the walking path. However, years of weather and wear have made it difficult to use, with deep cracks across its…


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