Your support will continue to improve the quality of life for our residents'.

United Church Homes and Services (UCHS) Foundation provides benevolent support for those in need and funding for programs that enrich the lives of the UCHS family.

  • Benevolent Fund - Supporting for those who, through no fault of their own, have outlived their resources
  • Spiritual Life - Enhancing the services offered by our chaplains
  • Campus Enrichment - Renovating or adding to our communities, improving technology, providing art and music therapy classes, and much more
  • Grant a Dream (TM) Fund - "Going the extra mile" to provide residents with longed-for experiences
  • UCC Family Fund - Giving benevolent support for long-term employees of the United Church of Christ and its sister ministries
  • Employee Assistance - Providing for UCHS employees during unexpected emergencies
  • Employee Education - Granting funds for staff members seeking further education


Legacy Giving

There are as many different ways to support UCHS Foundation as there are needs for your support. Planning a gift is more than just finding a need. 

Click the button below to explore a section that offers a variety of methods that will enable you to be a partner in our mission to carry on Christian ministry in the Southern Conference of the United Church of Christ. The donations that come from these ideas can add life to the years of those we serve by providing senior living and health related communities, benevolence assistance and service programs of outreach into the wider community.

Legacy Giving provides the resources necessary to sustain excellence and preserve the future of UCHS Foundation.

Learn more about legacy giving

Click the link below to view our current Philanthropy Newsletter.


Upcoming Events:

2nd Annual Davidson County Philanthropy Luncheon

Thursday May 10, 2018 at 11:30--at Commons on The Greens, Lexington, NC

We anticipate another full house for the wonderful donation event. We will be honoring Mr. Dwight Hedrick for over 35 years of service to the organization, a special performance from the youngsters at Kids Only, a touching video sharing how the organization has changed lives of those served through UCHS programs in Davidson County, and much more. This is an invitation only event--if you wish to attend please contact Stephanie Fortner [email protected] for more information.


3rd Annual 5K & Mutt Strut at Abernethy Laurels

Saturday May 18, 2018

  • We are excited about our partnership with local shelters—that will provide residents the opportunity to participate in the Mutt Strut and show off their adoptable furry friend. 
  • This years proceeds will go towards upgrades to buses #25 and #51. Upgrades will include overhead bins, cup holders, premium seating, audio/visual entertainment systems, and much more.
  • Breakfast will be provided to all participants following the race.

15th Annual Foundation Golf Tournament

June 11, 2018- shotgun start at 10:00 AM

  • This years tournament will be held at Catawba Country Club in Newton, NC
    • This years event is filling up fast and we anticipate max capacity.
  • In honor of our 15th annual tournament, A drawing will be held for a 3 night stay a Wyndham Resorts--at Fairfield Mountains in Lake Lure, NC August 30 -S eptember 2, 2018.**Valued at $900 **Drawing to follow the awards ceremony and you must be present to win.
  • 1st & 2nd place team prizes for net and gross teams (1st place (8) $125 gift card, 2nd place (8) $75 gift card)
  • Hole-In-One Grand Prize Contest--Win  a brand new Toyota, sponsored by  Mike Johnson’s Hickory Toyota!
  • Longest Drive Contest ($50 Gift Card Carolina Vine & Wine)
  • Putting Contest—Win a new Odyssey Putter & (3) dozen Golf balls
  •  Other prizes—closest to hole, tee (3) & (7); closest to hole, tee (13) & (17)
  • Par 5 Hole Out (Par 2) Contest*—A chance to win airfare for (2) to San Fransico, CA, 2 nights at Pebble Beach Lodge, and 3 rounds of golf for (2) at Pebble Beach, Spyglass, and Spanish Bay—Value $5,000
  • This year's gift bag is the best yet, with tons of loot inside!

Contact Stephanie Fortner, Foundation Office Manager-for sponsorship and registration information


1st Annual 5K & 4 PAWS Fun Run--at Lake Prince Woods

Sponsored by The Suffolk Humane Society & Lake Prince Woods
Saturday August 25, 2018 at 8 AM

  • Bring the entire family-even your furry friends-to enjoy a stroll at our beautiful campus in Suffolk, VA 
  • Awards will be given to all age group categories, including the first pet to cross the finish line.
  • Breakfast will be provided to all participants following the race.


For more information on how to donate, participate or volunteer, contact Nancy Beard at 828-465-8008 or [email protected]


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Julius Society

The Julius Society is named in honor of Julius W. Abernethy and his wife, Maye Morrison Abernethy, whose initial gift planted the seed that grew to become United Church Homes and Services (UCHS). The Julius Society honors friends like Julius and Maye who are committed to sustaining our work into the future by leaving a legacy gift. These generous donors are recognized at a special event each year at three locations, on our donor walls, and in the UCHS Annual Report.

View Julius Society Members


UCHS Foundation established.

United Church of Christ (UCC) Family Fund created to provide for individuals closely associated with the UCC or its sister ministries.

First UCHS Foundation Golf Tournament held.

The Julius Society founded to honor legacy donors. 67 people were listed who had given a legacy gift from the founding of the organization through 2005.

UCHS Foundation led a capital campaign to build a new Community Center at Abernethy Laurels. Over $1 million was raised.

Julius Society topped 100 members.

UCHS Foundation spearheaded a capital campaign at Piedmont Crossing and raised $332,000 for a Healthcare project.

Laurels Boutique, a resale shop for gently used clothes and accessories, opened. All proceeds from the store benefit the Abernethy Laurels Capital Fund. To date, the shop has raised over $10,000.

Annual “All Hands on Deck” Employee Campaign began, raising $15,579 from 148 staff members at all UCHS locations.

Julius Society reached 194 members.

UCHS Foundation Golf Tournament celebrated its 10th consecutive year with a net result of $25,000 raised.

UCHS Foundation began the Defining Our Future, Honoring Our Heritage capital campaign to build a new Healthcare Center at Abernethy Laurels with a goal of $3.6 million.

Julius Society increased to 243 members.

$3.4 million toward the Defining Our Future capital campaign goal was raised by Sept. 30.

Foundation President, Nancy Beard

  • As a child her journey began with a small UNICEF donation box. She's spent the majority of her life outpouring her love of philanthropy, always giving of her time and heart to better the lives of others.

Foundation Office Manager, Stephanie Fortner

  • At the age of five she learned the joy that philanthropy brings, as she shared her gift of song,  on a chair at the nursing home. She's continues to share today with her contagious smile and overwhelming desire to give, rather than receive.

President and CEO

Lee Syria

(828) 465-8012

Chief Financial Officer

Gary Shull

(828) 465-8006

Chief Operating Officer

Aimee Reimann

(828) 465-8017

Chief Quality and Compliance Officer

Steve Paterson

(828) 465-8022

Chief Marketing and Public Relations Officer

Joy Cline

(828) 465-8014

Chief Human Resources Officer

Cathy Cooper

(828) 465-8535

President, UCHS Foundation

Nancy Beard

(828) 465-8008

Foundation Board of Trustees

The UCHS Foundation's success is in large part a credit to our Board of Trustees. The board is filled with people with outstanding qualifications and strong dedication to improving the lives of our residents and employees.

2017-2018 Executive Committee

  • Rev. Brad Thie- Chair
  • Rev. Larry Bolick - Vice Chair
  • Mr. Ray Walker- Treasurer
  • Rev. Sarah Snell - Secretary
  • Mrs. Jacque Edwards. - Additional Member
  • Past Chair Vacant

2017-2018 Members

  • Mrs. Selena Arney, Newton, NC
  • Rev. Lawrence Bolick, Salisbury, NC
  • Mrs. Jacquelin Edwards, Suffolk, VA
  • Mrs. Lorraine Gayle, Suffolk, VA
  • Mrs. Edith Grimes, Conover, NC
  • Mrs. Kathy Hedrick, Lexington, NC
  • Dr. R. Leroy Howell, Suffolk, VA
  • Mr. Henry Simpson, Suffolk, VA
  • Rev. Sarah Snell, Thomasville
  • Rev. Brad Thie, Durham, NC
  • Mr. Ray Walker, Claremont, NC


  • Rev. Dr. Edward Davis, UCC Southern Conference Minister, Burlington, NC
  • Ms. Lee Syria, UCHS President and CEO, Newton, NC
  • Mrs. Nancy Beard, UCHS Foundation President/Assistant Secretary, Board of Trustees, Newton, NC

 Staff Liaisons

  • Mr. Gary Shull, CFO, UCHS; Assistant Treasurer, Board of Trustees
  • Ms. Stephanie Fortner, UCHS Foundation Office Manager

Annual Report

United Church Homes and Services - Kaleidoscope

United Church Homes and Services (UCHS) is proud to be on the forefront when it comes to providing lifestyle opportunities for older adults. Incorporated in 1961, UCHS has a rich tradition of commitment to enriching the lives of those we serve. We are a not-for-profit, church-affiliated provider of senior living opportunities, programs of outreach and benevolence assistance. Our staff is guided by principles of appreciation and respect for each individual. UCHS operates 11 locations across North Carolina and Virginia. 

The UCHS Annual Report is a collection of stories from shining stars within our communities. Take a journey through their eyes and explore how UCHS has touched their hearts and lives.

Download The Annual Report