Think of giving not as a duty but as a privilege.
– John D. Rockefeller Jr.
What is Abundant Life?
Imagine a world where life in retirement is filled with meaning, purpose and joy. Where society’s older adults are energized and look forward with hope, anticipating a bright future. Where they feel secure in their ability to meet the inevitable changes and challenges that lie ahead. Where they face each new day with a sense of abundance. This is abundant aging and abundant life.
This is the world that we all want for our parents, loved ones and ourselves. United Church Homes is the place where the spirit creates abundant life in community. At United Church Homes, we are passionate about this vision for the future.
“This is truly important work we are called to do. It takes resources to truly transform aging and provide abundant life. When we look at the socioeconomic need, it will be tremendous.”
Chairman, Campaign for Abundant Life
The Campaign for Abundant Life
In 2017, United Church Homes kicked off a five-year, $20 million comprehensive Campaign for Abundant Life at the rededication of the Fairhaven Community campus in Upper Sandusky, Ohio. Over the next decade, we will raise $20 million to transform the lives of people in our residential and healthcare communities, affordable housing communities and the community at-large. This is a vision that can only be achieved with your help.
In 2020, UCH received its largest single donation in history from long-time friends who made an estate gift of $17.5 million. This transformational gift nearly doubled our $20 million goal with two years left of fundraising. As a result, the Campaign Steering Committee decided to establish a revised goal to 2023 of $45 million.
A Ministry of Promise
United Church Homes was founded over a century ago in Toledo, Ohio, as a faith-based ministry responding to the real needs of aging members of local congregations. Today, in covenant with the United Church of Christ, United Church Homes serves more than 5,000 residents in over 70 communities across 14 states and two Native American nations. Of these, 61 are subsidized affordable housing settings serving more than 2,800 individuals.
United Church Homes upholds its long-standing promise to provide for residents who outlive their resources. We’re committed to eliminating prejudice based on a person’s age. We’ve adopted a policy of inclusion where all are welcome, regardless of race, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, ethnicity or religious background.
As United Church Homes launches its second century, we’ve made a new promise for the years to come — to transform what it means to age by making older adulthood a time of abundance, personal achievement, meaning and importance. This is our vision and promise for the future of aging.
“Why this, why us, why now? Because we know we can do so much more. When we harness the talent in the organization, the dedication of our volunteers and the generosity of our benefactors, we can take our care of people to the next level.
Why is it urgent? We see the need. We have the vision. Our donors can make this happen. This is a pivotal crossroads moment.”
Rev. Kenneth Daniel,
President and CEO
Vision for the Future
We at United Church Homes have set our sights on 2027 to develop a 21st century continuum of residential settings that support independence and abundant life for individuals at all income levels.
- Charitable care for individuals who have exhausted their financial resources
- Pastoral care programs with full-time chaplains on each retirement campus
- Leadership training and staff development
- Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging to share resources and innovations with the broader community
- Affordable housing and healthcare services that are inclusive
- Capital upgrades that preserve independence, provide access to community resources and respond to urgent needs
- Programs and services that enhance quality of life, leading to an abundant life of community, wholeness and peace for affordable housing residents
- Sustainable programs that serve Native American nations
- More independent living options
- Supportive services that preserve independence
- Technology-driven products and services
- Appealing accommodations with more private rooms
- Short-term therapies coordinated with acute care
- Behavioral and memory care