UCHS Philanthropy Luncheon Honors Visionaries

February 28, 2020

United Church Homes and Services (UCHS) Foundation, headquartered in Newton, NC, held the fourth annual Philanthropy Luncheon at Rock Barn Golf & Spa on February 27, 2020.  UCHS is the not-for-profit corporate entity for three continuing care retirement communities (Abernethy Laurels in Newton, Piedmont Crossing in Thomasville, and Lake Prince Woods in Suffolk, VA), seven HUD 202 supportive housing communities across NC, one Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) covering Davidson, Davie, Rowan and Iredell Counties, and one Childcare Center in Thomasville. 


The UCHS Philanthropy Luncheon was an opportunity to share the mission of the organization.  The highlight of the event honored and celebrated Rev. Dr. Donald Flick and Mrs. Jo Anne Flick, for their visionary leadership and long-time dedicated service to United Church Homes and Services.


Rev. Dr. Don Flick came to United Church Homes and Services in 1980 as Administrative Assistant and Director of Development. That same year, he received his doctorate from Lancaster Theological Seminary and his dissertation theme was “Ministry of the Elderly.” He became a leader in the field of aging and retirement living and was active on the state and national levels. Don served in many roles throughout his duration with the organization and mastered many visionary projects.  In 1984, Don became the CEO of UCHS and led the corporation through a period of phenomenal growth.  Under his leadership, UCHS grew from one community, Abernethy Laurels, to a multi-faceted ministry.  Rev. Dr. Don Flick retired from UCHS in 1997.


Mrs. Jo Anne Flick was a member of the UCHS staff from 1984 through 1993.  She served in numerous capacities at Abernethy Laurels including Village Coordinator, Administrative Assistant and Volunteer Coordinator.  In 1994, post retirement, Jo Anne offered her time and talent to develop a resale store in Newton where by the proceeds would benefit United Church Homes and Services.  The Gift and Thrift resale shop opened in Newton and served UCHS and the community successfully for many years.  Though UCHS no longer operates Gift and Thrift, they are still involved with the store through LINC Ministries who oversees the thrift store and other community programs with the support of Don and Jo Anne Flick.


“The Flicks have continued to be friends and supporters of United Church Homes and Services for more than 40 years,” shared Lee Syria, President/CEO of United Church Homes and Services. “It is my hope that this ministry continues to carry their legacy forward and make them proud.”


Rev. Dr. Donald Flick and Mrs. Jo Anne Flick received a standing ovation in addition to a beautiful engraved vase that read:  “With greatest appreciation, we are proud to honor Rev. Dr. Donald Flick and Mrs. Jo Anne Flick for decades of unwavering support, guidance and dedication to United Church Homes and Services – February 21, 2020.”


Don and Jo Anne Flick will join other UCHS recipients of this award for their long-term service and commitment to UCHS:

Jack Frank 2017

Dwight Hedrick 2018

C. Boyce Sink 2019 (posthumously)


United Church Homes & Services, a not-for-profit corporation located in Newton, NC, operates three continuing care retirement communities, a PACE (Program for All-inclusive Care for the Elderly), seven affordable senior housing communities across North Carolina and Virginia, and a Childcare Center.  For additional information, contact Joy Cline at 465-8014 or visit our website at www.uchas.org.