Plymouth Harbor

Older Adult Health Care Stalwart and Former Plymouth Harbor Administrator Barichak Dies at 77

By Guest Contributor | February 27, 2020

By Harry E. Hobson, president and CEO, Plymouth Harbor, Inc. On Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, the world said goodbye to one of its finest caregivers, Dorothy M. Barichak, RN. Dorothy leaves behind a legacy of superior care along with a voice of positive change at the Florida state level of nursing home regulations. Dorothy received…

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UCC-related Plymouth Harbor Residents are Rockin’ the Storybooks at Local Grade School

By Barb Powell | October 11, 2019

“A told B and B told C, ‘I’ll meet you at the top of the coconut tree.’ … Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Will there be enough room?” Last spring, snatches of story floated through the air of the Media Center at Bay Haven, a magnet school in Sarasota, Fla. Kindergarteners sat in rapt attention as…

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UCC-Related Plymouth Harbor Awards 14 Scholarships

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | July 31, 2019

The Plymouth Harbor Foundation awards scholarships annually to employees and their children who are seeking to further their education. This year we were able to award scholarships to the following 14 individuals, thanks to the more than 100 generous donors who have made gifts over the last few years to support their pursuit of higher…

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Plymouth Harbor Former Executive Director Jack Smith Dies at 93

By CHHSM Staff | July 23, 2019

The Rev. John “Jack” A. Smith — the second administrator of UCC-related Plymouth Harbor in Sarasota, Fla. — died June 4, 2019, in Plymouth Harbor’s Smith Care Center, named for him. He was 93. Smith was Plymouth Harbor’s administrator from 1972 until his retirement in 1989. Early in his tenure, Plymouth Harbor was struggling to…

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Plymouth Harbor Employee Gains Citizenship, New Dreams to Pursue

By Barb Powell | November 7, 2018

“The perfect day is going to bed with a dream and waking up with a purpose.” — A. J. McLean For Lucy Guzman, an employee of CHHSM member Plymouth Harbor — a continuing care community for older adults in Sarasota, Fla. — the McLean quote is a daily mantra. Every time she achieves one goal,…

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New Memory Care Expansion Brings Comfort, Safety to Florida Residents of UCC’s Plymouth Harbor

By Barb Powell | January 29, 2018

Plymouth Harbor, a United Church of Christ senior living community in Sarasota Fla., recently opened its new assisted living and memory care residences. Called Northwest Garden, the new building houses two distinct “neighborhoods” dedicated to assisted living with enhanced memory care, plus new independent living apartments. Partially the result of a $3.3-million “Commitment to Memory”…

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Members Celebrate the Past, Look to the Future

By CHHSM Staff | July 14, 2016

A century ago, Matthew and Jane Smith donated 168 acres in Holland, Ohio, which were sold to fund a retirement home launched by German Reformed congregations in Toledo. The churches had purchased one small home, but knew many more people needed care. Over the decades, that one home with seven residents has expanded to the…

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Plymouth Harbor on Sarasota Bay Celebrates UCC Heritage

By CHHSM Staff | May 19, 2016

The UCC’s Plymouth Harbor on Sarasota Bay, a life plan community serving more than 300 residents, will celebrate its 50th anniversary on May 23 and pay tribute to its founder, the Rev. John Whitney MacNeil, a Congregationalist/UCC minister. “During our 50th anniversary year, Plymouth Harbor remembers the fascinating story of a man’s vision that ignited…

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