First Church, Congregational UCC Awarded Diakonie – Chapel Hill Community Senior Living

First Church, Congregational United Church of Christ in Painesville, Ohio, started as First Church because it was – literally. The oldest church in Lake County, it has been on the forefront of a variety of social justice issues. First Church, Congregational's Abolitionist Roots When the national Presbyterian Church endorsed slavery…

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Towne View Baptist Receives Housing Diakonie

Towne View Baptist Church in Kennesaw, Georgia, has been a friend of United Church Homes' Laurel’s Edge senior housing community since before the affordable housing community’s inception in 2004. Founded in 1989, the church has had six different places of worship in the past 26 years under the leadership of…

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Shiloh Church UCC – 2020 Diakonie Award

The relationship between Shiloh Church UCC and United Church Homes’ communities – Trinity Community at Beavercreek and Trinity Community at Fairborn (formerly Patriot Ridge Community) – stretches back decades. Shiloh’s congregation has included residents of the Beavercreek and Fairborn senior living communities. At least one current resident of Trinity at…

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Golden Graduates Treated to Day of Recognition

PEARL, Mississippi – Residents of United Church Homes’ housing communities recently gathered from a distance outdoors at Indian Run in Pearl, Mississippi, to celebrate nine “golden” graduates. Golden Graduates' Special Day Each honoree who graduated high school in 1970 received a certificate of congratulations, conferred by Pearl Mayor Jake Windham…

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Staff, Supporters Gather to Celebrate Golden Graduates

Residents of Jackson Run Estates, Indian Run Honored in Special Ceremony PEARL, Mississippi — Rhemalyn Lewis was in a jam. The service coordinator at United Church Homes’ Indian Run Estates and Jackson Run had been planning a summer party to celebrate the communities’ “golden” graduates – residents who graduated from…

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Parkvue Residents Enveloped in Support During Pandemic

SANDUSKY, Ohio [June 30, 2020] – The Erie County Community Foundation’s emergency response fund has provided vital support for residents and staff at Parkvue Community, a United Church Homes life plan community in Perkins Township. Parkvue applied for the emergency grant early in the pandemic. The funding was needed to…

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United Way of North Central Ohio COVID-19 Community Response Fund Supports Fairhaven Community

UPPER SANDUSKY [June 24, 2020] – United Way of North Central Ohio has awarded a $3,000 grant to Fairhaven Community from its COVID-19 community response fund to support Fairhaven's new virtual visitor guide program. Fairhaven is experiencing significant financial pressure due to the pandemic. While operating on the front lines,…

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Procurement Team Shines in COVID-19 Under New Director

MARION [June 22, 2020] – When United Church Homes welcomed Phil Darling as its newest director of procurement and supply chain earlier this year, few could have imagined the trajectory of the supply challenges ahead. Running Start for Director of Procurement Darling joined the team March 16, just days after…

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Pilgrim Manor Awarded COVID-19 Emergency Grants

GRAND RAPIDS [June 16, 2020] – Two local organizations have awarded COVID-19 emergency grants totaling $21,000 to Pilgrim Manor, a skilled nursing and assisted living community in Grand Rapids, to help cover increased costs of protecting residents and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hearts in Community Through Heart of West…

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Living Loss and Navigating Grief During COVID-19

Pathways of Hope, Ohio’s Hospice Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are experiencing grief, even though they may not have experienced the death of a loved one or friend. This is known as a living loss. It is important to identify these symptoms and learn ways to navigate grief.…

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Community Healing and Justice for All

A Message from Our CEO The growing movement of protests and unrest around the country impacts us all at some level. United Church Homes, as a mission supporting a diverse group of residents, clients and staff in 14 states and two Native American nations, is deeply concerned about the continuing…

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Moving Safely During COVID-19

Learn the Rules of Your New Home As federal and state restrictions begin to ease amid the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be wondering if it’s safe to move to a new home. While moving now requires extra precautions, the good news is you or your loved one should be able…

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Fairhaven Community Celebrates 2020 Graduates, Families

UPPER SANDUSKY [May 26, 2020] – Fairhaven Community is celebrating high school and college graduates and their family members who live and work at the United Church Homes senior living community in Upper Sandusky. The leadership team has been creatively addressing the grief and disappointment that many Fairhaven graduates and…

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Integrated Community Employment Connects Older Adults and People with Disabilities

Creating an Inclusive Workplace Editor’s Note: Project Life, an integrated community employment program for people with developmental disabilities, has been postponed for the safety of participants, residents and staff at Fairhaven Community, due to the COVID-19 healthcare crisis. We hope the partnership will continue, stronger than ever, when we can…

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Secure Act 2020: What It Means for Your Estate Planning

By Paul Grassmann, JD, FCEP Thompson & Associates  This year, we saw major changes in the estate planning arena that will impact almost everyone. The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019, better known as the SECURE Act, became effective Jan. 1. It effectively eliminated the Stretch…

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From Hallways to Households

United Church Homes' Commitment to Culture Change What jumps into your mind when you hear the words nursing home? Think about it. Did you picture a bright, friendly place, where staff and neighbors are like family? Did you envision an open floor plan and sun-filled community gathering spaces? Chances are,…

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Keeper of the Faith

Donor Spotlight: Lou Dickman Generous with her time and energy, the late Lou Dickman was known as the "helper of the community." Grounded in faith, compassion and love for her family and friends, this former resident of Parkvue Community in Sandusky, Ohio, provided holy communion to friends, old and new,…

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Justice Housing for an Aging Population

United Church Homes’ affordable housing ministry provides more than safe, accessible homes for low-income older adults. Aging in community, these residents experience abundant living with the help of integrated, on-site services and recreational opportunities. Over the past three decades, this ministry has grown with the support of community partners. UCH…

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Antidote for Lonely People: Community Connections

All the Lonely People More than a half century ago, the Beatles released a haunting song, “Eleanor Rigby.” Released in 1966, the song evokes our continuing modern predicament — we live surrounded by people yet report feeling lonelier than ever. Social isolation might seem like an individual dilemma, but the…

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