Your support makes our residents' lives better.

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

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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

Special Projects

Our largest project to date is the Defining Our Future, Honoring Our Heritage Capital Campaign for a new Healthcare Center at Abernethy Laurels in Newton, NC. The Healthcare Center is a 174-bed skilled nursing facility – imagine a small hospital.     

The 13th annual UCHS Foundation Golf Tournament this past April was a big success! The event is our largest fundraiser each year.

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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.

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History

2001
UCHS Foundation established.

2002
United Church of Christ (UCC) Family Fund created to provide for individuals closely associated with the UCC or its sister ministries.

2003
First UCHS Foundation Golf Tournament held.

2005
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.

2007
UCHS Foundation led a capital campaign to build a new Community Center at Abernethy Laurels. Over $1 million was raised.

2010
Julius Society topped 100 members.

2011
UCHS Foundation spearheaded a capital campaign at Piedmont Crossing and raised $332,000 for a Healthcare project.

2012
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.

2013
Julius Society reached 194 members.

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

2014
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.

2015
Julius Society increased to 243 members.

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

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.

2016-2017 Executive Committee

  • Rev. Brad Thie- Chair
  • Mr. Parker Howell, III - Vice Chair
  • Mr. Joe Beaman- Treasurer
  • Rev. Sarah Snell - Secretary
  • Mr. Ed Gurley, Jr. - Additional Member
  • Past Chair Vacant

2016-2017 Members

  • Mrs. Selena Arney, Newton, NC
  • Mr. Joseph Beaman, Jr., Newton, NC
  • Rev. Lawrence Bolick, Salisbury, NC
  • Ms. Regina Booker, Garner, NC
  • Mrs. Jacquelin Edwards, Suffolk, VA
  • Mrs. Lorraine Gayle, Suffolk, VA
  • Mrs. Edith Grimes, Conover, NC
  • Mr. Ed Gurley, Jr., Conover, NC
  • Mrs. Sandy Hahn, Thomasville, NC 
  • Dr. Michiko Y. Hayhurst, Newton, NC
  • Mrs. Kathy Hedrick, Lexington, NC
  • Mr. Walter Hoffman, Lexington, NC
  • Mr. Parker Howell, III, Suffolk, VA
  • Dr. R. Leroy Howell, Suffolk, VA
  • Mr. Henry Simpson, Suffolk, VA
  • Rev. Sarah Snell, Thomasville
  • Rev. Brad Thie, Durham, NC

Ex-officio

  • 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 to the Board of Trustees, Newton, NC

 

Annual Report

United Church Homes and Services - United in Spirit, Voice, and Generations

United Church Homes and Services 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.

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