At United Church Homes, Our Doors Are Open to All
You Are Welcome Here in Our Inclusive Communities
At United Church Homes, you’ll find yourself in inclusive communities of friendly people who come from a wide variety of backgrounds and life experiences. People from all walks of life, and all corners of the country, call UCH home, including LGBTQ older adults, minorities, military veterans and people of all faiths or no faith. They choose to come here for a variety of reasons, including to experience:
- An active and vibrant community life
- Life enrichment opportunities
- Respect for personal choice
- A welcome and affirming culture
- Affordable and secure housing
- Purposeful living in mind, body and spirit
We strive to find ways to make all feel welcome within each of our senior care communities. UCH does not discriminate based upon race, color, creed, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, age, disability, genetic information or ancestry.
Hear from some of our residents who make United Church Homes a welcoming place to call home.
We Are a Designated Open and Affirming Organization Through the United Church of Christ
It doesn’t matter what your gender, culture, creed, nationality or sexual orientation is. No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.
UCC Open and Affirming Statement
The United Church of Christ (UCC) has been welcoming persons of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions to fully participate in the service of our congregations for over 30 years. Those who have made an Open and Affirming statement have been through a process to welcome LGBTQ congregants into their congregation. In 2012, the United Church Homes Board of Directors voted to make all of our senior care communities Open and Affirming too. We were among the first within UCC-affiliated organizations to make this Open and Affirming statement.
Cultural Competency for LGBT Older Adults
In 2017, United Church Homes partnered with SAGECare to provide LGBT cultural competency training for employees in nine of our senior living communities to help staff understand the LGBT community and convey a welcoming and inclusive environment in their work places. SAGECare, a division of SAGE (Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders) is the nation’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT older adults.
Through extensive training across multiple channels, front-line staff and executive leadership at UCH achieved the platinum level. Today, across nine locations and our central office, 80 percent of our employees received one hour of training and 80 percent of our executive leadership and administrators completed four hours of training, exceeding our initial expectations.
40 percent of UCH employees and executive staff have completed specific LGBT aging training
60 percent of UCH employees and executive staff have completed specific LGBT aging training