Not long after Easter Sunday 2020, Betty Smith received a letter from her dad, which he sent to her at Notre Dame College in South Euclid, Ohio. What makes this event more than just another dad sending a student a letter from home is the postmark: April 29, 1947. Today, Smith, 92, resides at Parkvue…

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Parkvue Community, a United Church Homes older adult community in Sandusky, Ohio, has received a $4,000 grant from the Michelle Wightman-Karrie Wieber Charitable Foundation to support an interactive learning program that connects residents with educational opportunities. The grant will support University Circle Interactive, an older adult program that provides accessible and innovative learning programming. University…

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At Crossroad Child & Family Services in Fort Wayne, Ind., a Defiance (Ohio) College student is gaining hands-on experience and assisting staff in her chosen field. Emmaus Homes in St. Charles, Mo., is advancing a program to strengthen relationships between clients and volunteers. United Church Homes, based in Marion, Ohio, is holding workshops featuring narrative…

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By Abigail Smith Never underestimate the impact a small act of kindness has on the world. Meet Millie Schilman, whose kindness extends to each and every resident of United Church Homes’ Parkvue Community in Sandusky, Ohio. For the past couple of years, Millie has dedicated most of her free time to one simple act of…

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Residents of United Church Homes’ Parkvue Community in Sandusky, Ohio, are participating in a pilot program to test an innovative technology that helps residents remain safe and socially engaged and live independently in their homes longer. K4Connect is a technology company creating solutions to serve and empower older adults and people living with disabilities. The…

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Two remarkable individuals received awards July 11 for their work with Parkvue Community, a retirement and assisted living community in Sandusky, Ohio. Parkvue is part of UCC-related United Church Homes, which is headquartered in Marion, Ohio. Smith Volunteers with Spirit Annee Smith, of Sandusky, was recognized with the 2017 Spirit Award from Parkvue Community and…

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John Rainey and Gene Finnegan didn’t worry about discrimination based on their sexual orientation when they moved to Parkvue Community in 1999. “We didn’t specifically mention our sexual orientation when we joined, but it was clear that we were accepted by everyone,” says Finnegan, a resident at the United Church Homes retirement community and CHHSM…

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