Embrace Living Communities

A Local Church is Reborn in Spirit through its Donation to Embrace Living Communities

By CHHSM Staff | November 5, 2021

When the Congregational UCC of Deerfield, a northern suburb of Chicago, closed its doors in 2016, church members wanted their leftover funds to go to good use. Teaming up with United Church Funds (UCF), they decided to give back to local, UCC-affiliated nonprofit organizations, including those focused on affordable housing and senior health and wellness.…

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Embrace Living Communities Residents Thrive through Partnerships, Being Good Neighbors

By CHHSM Staff | June 11, 2021

Embrace Living Communities, based in Oak Brooke, Ill., not only extends its quality of service to its housing communities; it also builds quality relationships with people and organizations in the wider community. Its Rockford Communities is just one example. A common misconception about older adult affordable housing is that the properties are not well maintained,…

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More than 1,900 Staff, Residents and Caregivers Vaccinated at Embrace Living Communities

By CHHSM Staff | May 3, 2021

Embrace Living Communities, based in Oak Brook, Ill., is having a successful COVID-19 vaccination campaign. To date, 1,917 residents, staff and caregivers have received the vaccine through Embrace Living’s clinics, with just under 70 percent of residents electing to be vaccinated. The oldest resident to receive the vaccination was 104. The success of the vaccination…

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Enrollment Open for CHHSM’s 2021-2022 Nollau Leadership Institute

By Barb Powell | April 21, 2021

The UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries has opened enrollment for the 2021-2022 class of its Nollau Leadership Institute. “After putting last year’s Nollau class on hold due to the pandemic, we are looking forward to bringing folks together again for this unique experience of leadership formation,” says the Rev. Dr. Elyse Berry,…

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Embrace Living Supports Older Adults as ‘New Normal’ Kicks In

By CHHSM Staff | April 2, 2021

When the global pandemic caused a public health emergency at the beginning of 2020, Embrace Living Communities — based in Oakbrooke, Ill. — reassessed how to keep its strong culture of resident engagement while ensuring the health and safety of those who call their communities home. The revisioning was the work of each community’s social…

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CHHSM’s Virtual Annual Gathering a Success, Thanks to Active Participation, a Seamless Online Platform, and Incredible Presentations

By Barb Powell | March 11, 2021

Inspirational, motivational, soul-feeding … and just plain fun. These are some of the words used by attendees to describe the recently concluded 83rd Annual Gathering of the UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries, held virtually March 2-4, 2021. Attendance records were shattered at the three-day event: some 335 CHHSM members and friends registered…

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Embrace Living Communities Launches New Property Services to Support Other Affordable Housing Providers

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | March 9, 2021

Embrace Living Communities, based in Oak Brook, Ill., has expanded to further recognize their leadership and growth in property management services. Called Embrace Living Property Solutions, it is encapsulated by three core services: management, consulting and social service coordination. These services will provide clear opportunities for affordable housing owners to operate their properties at the…

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Embrace Living Communities Named a 2020 Best Workplace for Aging Services

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | December 22, 2020

Great Place to Work® and FORTUNE have named Embrace Living Communities as one of the 2020 Best Workplaces for Aging Services. The ranking considered feedback representing 189,159 employees working for Great Place to Work-Certified™ organizations in Senior Housing & Care and At-Home Care in the Aging Services industry. For the third year in a row,…

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Nollau Graduate Watson One of Three Tapped for Leadership Roles at Embrace Living Communities

By CHHSM Staff | December 4, 2020

UCC-related Embrace Living Communities, based in Oak Brook, Ill., announced in November the appointment of three new leadership team members. Leading the list is Greg Watson, former director of plant operations, who has been promoted to vice president of operations. Watson is a 2018-2019 graduate of CHHSM’s year-long Nollau Leadership Institute and was consecrated as…

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Embrace Living Communities Hires Ralph Gaines as Chief Executive Office

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | April 16, 2020

Embrace Living Communities has hired Ralph Gaines as chief executive officer. Gaines reports to Scott Meyer, chair of Embrace Living’s Board of Directors and an executive with Willis Towers Watson. He begins work April 20, 2020. Gaines will be responsible for the effective and successful management of the portfolio of senior living communities and setting the…

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