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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.

Harmar Place

2015 was a year of expansion for United Church Homes with three new acquisitions and one new management contract, which resulted in a 25 percent growth to our aging services business.

Mary and Bob Spruance

Bob Spruance speaks lovingly about his bride of 70+ years, Mary, as he reflects on their life together. Their partnership includes a stalwart commitment to many. He acknowledges it started with the good Lord, continued with their church, neighborhood, two children, grandchildren, and of course, to each other.

Melanie Sims

At Kent State University’s Stark Campus, Melanie Sims is a young woman who aspires to make a difference in the world of elder care. She’s dreamed of this since she was a little girl, and without hesitation, she forged ahead.

Mrs. Parker embraced her role as servant leader

United Church Homes proudly introduces the Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging. The Center is named in memory of Ruth Frost Parker, whose transformative philanthropic spirit enabled United Church Homes’ mission to grow and to thrive. Her unparalleled vision and generosity helped create the senior healthcare and residential campus of Parkvue Community in Sandusky, Ohio. Her leadership advanced the ministry of United Church Homes in countless ways.

UCH and Leading Age Ohio

Three employees — Beth Craig (Patriot Ridge Community), Alissa Clouse (Central Office) and Lisa Burkhart (Friendship Village Columbus) have been selected to participate in the 2016 Ohio Leadership Academy. This education program is designed to strengthen leadership for nonprofit organizations. Past UCH attendees include Debbie Durbin (Chapel Hill) and Scott Slutz (Central Office) in 2015. Central Office employees Ken Young (2014) and Rob Weisbrodt (2015) attended the LeadingAge National Leadership Academy.

Donor appreciation dinners to resume in 2017

This year, United Church Homes’ healthcare communities and affordable housing communities will recognize the many and varied ways in which people give back to those we serve as a component of our July centennial celebration in Columbus. Faithful friends of United Church Homes will be invited to regional Donor Appreciation Dinners when they resume in 2017!

Our staff at United Church Homes is at the heart of our mission.

The Employee Giving Campaign demonstrates the dedication of United Church Homes’ employees to our mission to transform aging by building a culture of community, wholeness and peace. As an organization, we are greatly impacted by the decision of each employee to give personal financial support to community projects and resident care through the Life Enrichment Fund.

Paul Grassmann, JD, FCED

United Church Homes is excited to announce a new partnership with Thompson & Associates that will provide values-based estate planning for its friends and supporters. The process is designed to help develop an estate plan that highlights an individual’s values and captures their priorities, while outlining one’s intentions and protecting assets.

"This is a great place to be connected,” First Congregational Church UCC of Columbus

The Rev. Dr. Timothy Ahrens, pastor of First Congregational Church UCC of Columbus (First Church), has connections to United Church Homes that are personal and date back 75 years. His great-grandparents once lived at Fairhaven Community in Upper Sandusky, Ohio. His grandfather, Rev. Hugo Carl Kellenmeyer, was the superintendent of Fairhaven from 1942 to 1946.

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A Look Back, A Look Ahead

The earliest days of United Church Homes no doubt drew heavily upon the inspiring story of the organization’s founding — a committee of five Toledo church leaders appointed to develop a fledgling ministry, a gift that generated the seed money to establish “a home for the aged,” and the decision to build a visionary facility in Upper Sandusky, Ohio. Each story has within it the seeds of promise, progress and, above all, a high-minded and persistent faith that everything would end up working out alright. 

From the vantage point of history, we know how the story has evolved. But a closer look reveals that this ministry endured times of great uncertainty and social turmoil. Our founders shared an inspired faith. They also demonstrated perseverance when the way forward was unclear. Despite wars, depressions, and massive changes in American society, the ministry survived, gained strength, and has endured.

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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