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See the Spirit in Action

Read the latest posts featuring financial news, volunteer information, donor recognition and ongoing Advancement Office initiatives and projects.

Ruth Frost Parker

The idea for a Center for Abundant Aging was generated around the time United Church Homes was working on its Vision/Mission/Values statements over two years ago. This Center is not made of bricks and mortar, rather it provides opportunity for the cross fertilization of ideas and innovation for United Church Homes and its partners in the senior service sector, higher education, research, and advocacy.

Michael Readinger, President and CEO 	Council for Health and Human Service Ministries (CHHSM) United Church of Christ

Michael Readinger’s presentation at the Centennial Celebration was entitled, What’s Faith Got to Do With It? And, for a faith-based nonprofit organization like United Church Homes, his comments perfectly captured the essence of who we are, of what we’re celebrating as we begin our second century, and of what we one day may yet become.

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Every time a gift is given, the world is changed. Gifts come in all different shapes and sizes, and are often a product of strong family faith or tradition. Some donors leave their legacy with the ultimate gift — a gift that will live on after their time on earth passes. This centennial year, we want to honor generous gifts that were made to United Church Homes. These gifts strategically supported the mission of United Church Homes in the past, today, and for years to come. United Church Homes has been blessed in our 100 years of rich history with many impactful life and legacy gifts from faithful friends.

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Would you help if you could? Most people, when asked to help, are willing to lend a hand, do their part, and dig in with purpose. But what happens when no one asks? That’s the definition of a true volunteer — someone who sees a need and willingly commits to service. A volunteer doesn’t do it for recognition, but rather a belief that there is a greater sense of purpose, that there is significance in what they do. Volunteers incite change, and they contribute to progress.

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As United Church Homes reflects on 100 years of service, we are focused on the future. United Church Homes is committed to the mission our forefathers envisioned. UCH will continue to be dedicated to assuring the delivery of high quality housing and healthcare services for those we serve, while maintaining the promise of benevolent care consistent with our nonprofit, faith-based foundation.

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Since 1916, reflecting the faith tradition of the United Church of Christ, United Church Homes’ volunteer Board of Directors sets policy, oversees operations, and plans for the continuation of distinguished service to seniors. Varied backgrounds, interests, and expertise are reflected in the board membership, and the chairman of the board is responsible for leading the group ultimately to carry out UCH’s mission.

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In 1985, United Church Homes’ Board of Directors considered opportunities for UCH to expand its mission and authorized management to explore offering affordable senior housing.

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As United Church Homes celebrates the completion of its first century of service, we take stock of all that has been accomplished while also casting our eyes toward the work that remains to be done. Any summary of what has transpired over the past 100 years must also consider the direction we hope to take in the century to come.

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Rev. Dr. Robert G. Diller,
Executive Director Emeritus,
1963-1976 (in memoriam)

Rev. Dr. Robert G. Diller was a native of Bluffton, Ohio, a graduate of Heidelberg College, Eden Theological Seminary, and Oberlin Graduate School of Theology. Before assuming the position of superintendent of Fairhaven Community in Upper Sandusky in 1955, he served in the pastorate at Immanuel Evangelical and Reformed Church in Alliance, Ohio, and president of the Southeast Ohio Synod. He came to Upper Sandusky with his wife, Eleanor, and daughters Anne and Amy.

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Identifying the moment inspiration becomes reality is difficult. Understanding the factors that lead people to embark on a new path is challenging. Often, during times of visioning and planning, those involved are so concerned with the details of moving cautiously forward, that the obvious reasons why the new path is tried are left to the imaginations of future generations. This is where United Church Homes is after a century of ministry.

Corporate News

  • Campaign for Abundant Life

    Posted: December 06, 2018

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  • A Journey from Kenya to Friendship Plaza

    Posted: December 06, 2018

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  • Supporters Honored at Donor Appreciation Events

    Posted: December 04, 2018

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  • UCH Supports Staff Members through Liver Transplant

    Posted: December 04, 2018

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  • Charitable Giving Strategies for Those 70 ½+: The Charitable IRA Rollover

    Posted: December 03, 2018

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UCH Events

  • Monthly Caring for the Caregiver Programs Held at Fairhaven

    Posted: September 05, 2014

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  • Exercise with Brian

    Posted: June 04, 2012

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