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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COVID-19 Drills Reassure UCH Staff: ‘We got this’

Regular COVID-19 drills and a new human resources campaign recognizing United Church Homes warriors has staff members repeating a simple phrase: “We got this.” In March, the organization wanted to normalize the experience of having a COVID-19-positive resident. “The fear of this virus is with us 100 percent of the…

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United Church Homes Announces New Directors to Expand Mission

MARION, Ohio [May 5, 2020] – United Church Homes has announced two new director roles as it launches in-house service coordination at its senior living and affordable housing communities and prepares to develop market-rate, independent living and affordable housing communities for older adults. Dan Fagan, MPA, LSW, and Nathan Bollinger…

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Abundant Impact Newsletter – April 2020

UCH Warriors on the Front Lines In a world filled with stories of anxiety, a common refrain is, “What can we do?” This question is familiar to anyone in nonprofit service, especially these days. With the whole world focused on fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, our first instinct is to act.…

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Loneliness in the Time of COVID-19

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, between 30 and 40 percent of older adults were already experiencing consequences of isolation and loneliness. It will be months, maybe years, before we understand the full effects of physical distancing on the general population. Mental health experts are already weighing the potential mental and emotional…

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United Church Homes Accepting Medical Supply Donations for COVID-19 Response

MARION, OH – United Church Homes and its skilled nursing and assisted living communities are accepting donations of needed medical supplies as the state and nation prepare for an anticipated surge in COVID-19 cases. The supplies will to help protect vulnerable older adults and healthcare teams in UCH’s 10 skilled…

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Homemade Masks for United Church Homes Communities

As the nation prepares for a surge in COVID-19 cases, more people are dusting off their sewing machines and making masks to support healthcare workers on the front line. For months, public health officials have said healthy people should not wear masks to protect themselves from coronavirus. However, experts are…

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