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


Planned Giving

There are many ways to support our programs:

  • Give a monetary gift (cash, check, credit card)
  • Contribute goods or needed supplies for our communities
  • Donate stock or property
  • Roll over funds from an IRA
  • Designate UCHS Foundation in an obituary as a recipient of memorial contributions (in lieu of flowers)
  • Leave a legacy gift

Questions about giving? Contact Nancy Beard, UCHS Foundation President, at 828/465-8008 or Stephanie Fortner, UCHS Foundation Office manager,  at  828-465-8013 or [email protected]

Make a Donation

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:

3rd Annual 5K & Fun run at Abernethy Laurels

Saturday May 18, 2018

  • This years run is guaranteed to provide fun for the entire family-including your furry friends.

15th Annual Foundation Golf Tournament

June 15, 2018- shotgun start at 10:00 AM

  • This years tournament will be held at Catawba Country Club
  • Contact Stephanie Fortner, Foundation Office Manager-for sponsorship and registration information

1st Annual 5K & Fun Run at 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.

Contact Nancy Beard at [email protected] for sponsorship, participant, and volunteer opportunities.

Past & Ongoing Events: 

Our largest project to date, is the "Defining Our Future, Honoring Our Heritage Capital Campaign" for our new North Manor Healthcare Center at Abernethy Laurels in Newton, NC.

  • The Healthcare Center is a 174-bed skilled nursing facility, with state of the art features and accommodations that provide an upscale way of living.
  • We opened the doors to residents this past September and they all remain in good spirits as they settle into their new home.

Stay posted for updates as Phase II- The South Manor-construction is underway.

 2nd Annual 5K & Fun Run at Abernethy Laurels

  • The weather was fabulous and the contestants were all smiles. Several runners mentioned that our course was the most challenging in the area.

14th annual UCHS Foundation Golf Tournament 

  • This years tournament was a huge success, In spite of rescheduling due to inclement weather. The sun was shining and all who participated had a wonderful time. After surveying several participants, the vote was unanimous to hold the 15th annual tournament in 2018.

3rd and final Festival of Tables at Abernethy Laurels

  • The event was held October 15th and over $8,500 was raised. All proceeds went towards our Employee Education Fund. All attendees enjoyed a fabulous meal, fashion show, silent auction and the infamous table decoration contest

For more information on how to 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. Sandy Hahn, Thomasville, NC
  • Dr. Michiko Y. Hayhurst, Newton, 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