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.

Unrestricted Fund

Covers administrative costs and special projects.

Benevolent Fund

Assists  residents under contract whose financial resources have depleted through no fault of their own.  This fund also assists indigent residents with hair care services.

Spiritual Life Fund

Furnishes programs, equipment, and more to support the Chaplain’s important work and enhance the spiritual life experience for all residents.

Grant a Dream Fund

Renews and celebrates a resident’s passion for life by providing longed-for experiences. Dreams granted have included a day at the ballpark, music lessons, a trip to a skydiving simulator, etc.

Campus Enrichment Fund

Enriches life for everyone on campus by sponsoring programs, activities, and special projects.

Employee Assistance Fund

Grants aid for employees who find themselves in an unexpected financial hardship.  Eligible employees have been employed with UCHS for at least one year and apply through their Executive Director.

Employee Education Fund

Reimburses tuition and book expense for employees who want to enhance their work-related skills or advance to a new level.  Employees are reimbursed based on their academic achievement and must be employed for one year to be eligible.

UCC Family Fund

Provides partial assistance to potential residents in the form of subsidies for entrance fees or monthly fees.  United Church of Christ (UCC) members and/or 10+ year employees of the UCC or its member ministries are eligible to apply.

Innovation Fund

Provides financial support for  new ideas, devices or methods. Funds will be used to support  the not-for- profit mission of UCHS and position  the organization as a leader and innovator around the most challenging issues facing seniors today and into the future.

Family Named Endowments

Available for a gift of $100,000 or more. Paperwork is required before death.



Planned 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 wealth of information on

  • Planned giving information and calculators
  • Free estate planning guides
  • Up-to-date tax changes and laws
  • Bequest language
  • Donor stories
  • Latest news articles on planning, savvy living, finance and much more!

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

Click here to explore Planned Giving


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. 30th.


$1,567,335 in donations with (16) new Julius Society Members and $968,285 in Legacy gifts received. The 13th Annual Golf Tournament and silent auction grossed $40,803.


$875,309 in donations with (9) new Julius Society Members and $345,086 in legacy gifts.

The 14th Annual Golf Tournament grossed $28,036.

The Foundation hosted the 1st Annual Philanthropy Luncheon, honoring Mr. Jack Frank, with donations totaling $45,080. 

In August we celebrated the grand opening of Phase 1 (North Manor) of our Healthcare Center project at Abernethy Laurels.


$905,011 in donations with (9) new Julius Society Members and $324,241 in legacy gifts. We remembered sisters Avis & Marilyn Shumaker, from Lake Prince Woods--at this year's Julius Society dinner in September--for their surprise legacy gift of $1.6 million dollars. The 50 by 50 campaign was unveiled in October and was created to gain fifty new Julius Society Members by our 50th anniversary in 2021. 

This year's 15th Annual Golf Tournament was the most successful yet with a gross of almost $41,000.

The 2nd Annual Philanthropy Luncheon was held at Lexington Golf Club, honoring Mr. Dwight Hedrick, and grossed $45,805. 


Fiscal Year Totals of  $2,216,264.26, (10) employees helped through the Employee Assistance Fund, (5) Employees furthered their education through the Education Fund, (9) Dreams were granted through the Grant a Dream Fund, (7) residents received financial support through the Benevolence Fund for a total of $285,204 and Each campus received improvements totaling $76,965.98 through the Campus Enrichment Fund.

South Manor- Phase II healthcare center opened to residents on January 24th.

The 3rd Annual Philanthropy Luncheon was held at Commons on the Green in Lexington on April 12th and grossed $43,136.

The 16th Annual UCHS Foundation Golf tournament was held at Catawba Country Club and raised almost $33,000.

This year's employee campaign raised over $30,000 from (169) employees!

The 50 by 50 campaign was in full swing with (23) new Julius Society members added. 

This year's Holiday campaign and giving cards raised almost $31,873--with (395) holiday cards sent. 


Generous donations, of over $50,500, were restricted to KidsOnly in Thomasville, NC. These gifts provided a brand new state of the art playground. 

The 4th Annual Philanthropy Luncheon was held on February 27th at Rock Barn Country Club and Spa in Conover, NC. This year  Rev. Dr. Donald and Mrs. Jo Anne Flick were honored for their years of dedication and service to UCHS. The event raised close to $63,000. 

The 50 by 50 campaign exceeded it's 2020 goal gaining (22) new members, for a total of (44) members 50 by 50 members. 

This year's 1st Annual 5K at Piedmont Crossing and the 17th Annual Golf Tournament were postponed until 2021.

Donors across NC and VA banded together to raise almost $18,000 during COVID-19 for Employee Assistance Fund. Residents were so grateful for the care and dedication of the staff during these uncertain times. 

The 2020 Employee Campaign went entirely virtual and exceeded our goal by $20,000, raising over $51,500!

Over $800,000 received in legacy gifts. 

Julius Society

The Julius Society is named in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Julius W. Abernethy, whose initial gift planted the seed that grew to become United Church Homes and Services (UCHS). The Julius Society honors friends like Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Abernethy, 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

2020 Julius Society Virtual Event

We hope you enjoy your meal and our special guest speakers. After you finish the virtual program, please don't forget to scroll down and listen to the reading of the legacy names for your campus.

Click here to view the digital version of the program:



Please Click the link below to watch our pre-recorded guest speakers. 

2020 Virtual Event Link

Piedmont Crossing Reading of the Legacy Names

Please take a moment and join us, as we remember the legacy members that are no longer with us.

Click the link below to listen to the reading of the names of our Legacy Members at Piedmont Crossing and a video presentation containing photos of our legacy members.

**Please contact Stephanie Fortner at 828-465-8013 if you can provide a photo for any of our legacy members not pictured**

Reading of Names & Slideshow

Lake Prince Woods Reading of the Legacy Names

Please take a moment and join us, as we remember the legacy members that are no longer with us.

Click the link below to listen to the reading of the names of our Legacy Members at Lake Prince Woods and a video presentation containing photos of our legacy members.

**Please contact Stephanie Fortner at 828-465-8013 if you can provide a photo for any of our legacy members not pictured**

Reading of the Names & Slideshow

Abernethy Laurels Reading of the Legacy Names

Please take a moment and join us, as we remember the legacy members that are no longer with us.

Click the link below to listen to the reading of the names of our Legacy Members at Abernethy Laurels and a video presentation containing photos of all our legacy members.

**Please contact Stephanie Fortner at 828-465-8013 if you can provide a photo for any of our legacy members not pictured**

Reading of the Names & Slideshow

Julius Society 50 by 50

The 50 by 50 campaign was unveiled in O​ctober 2018. The campaign creates a strategic focus on legacy giving, with a goal to grow the Julius Society, by adding 50 new members by our 50th anniversary in 2021. Each new member will be listed in the Julius Society 50 by 50 group and receive a special 50 by 50 lapel pin. 

Since the inception of the campaign, in October 2018, we have added (42) new members and continue to grow!!

If you would like additional information please contact Nancy Beard at 828-465-8008 or by email [email protected]

Check out the 50 by 50 logo!

#50 by 50

2020 Julius Society Dinner Event Photos

Upcoming Events


2020 Annual Julius Society Dinners- (Virtual Events)

Please RSVP to Stephanie Fortner at (828) 465-8013 or [email protected]

Abernethy Laurels- September 8, 2020

Lake Prince Woods- September 15, 2020

Piedmont Crossing- September 22, 2020


1st Annual 5K at Piedmont Crossing

***Rescheduled, for March 13, 2021, due to COVID-19 prevention protocols***


It was with great sadness that we had to postpone this race, but we knew it was the best course of action to ensure the safety of our residents and race participants. 

Join us as we plan to "Run for the Gold," in our 1st annual race at Piedmont Crossing.  We are excited to be partnering with Thomasville Parks and Recreation.

**If you'd like information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Nancy Beard at [email protected]**


4th Annual ITAV 5K and Fun Run

***On-hold until further notice, due to COVID-19***


Abernethy Laurels is hosting the 4th Annual It Takes a Village 5K & 1 Mile Mutt Strut (bring your four-legged friend for a mile strut!!!). This course will start and finish at Abernethy Laurels, and lead you through the Abernethy Laurels campus. As a RunTimeRaces produced event, be assured this event will be well organized and leave you with an AWESOME RACE EXPERIENCE. Each participant will be treated to a post-race buffet available from the time you finish your run through the completion of the awards ceremony.


17th Annual UCHS Foundation Golf Tournament​

Catawba Country Club, Newton, NC

***Rescheduled for June 7, 2021, due to COVID-19***

Please contact UCHS Foundation to roll your sponsorship over to 2021 or to request a refund. 

If you wish to participate as a team or as an individual player we have a few slots left, so don't miss out on this exciting event. 

If you'd like information on how top become a sponsor you can contact Stephanie Fortner at [email protected] or 828-465-8013.

Philanthropy Luncheon

The UCHS Foundation held it's 4th Annual Philanthropy Luncheon, at Rock Barn Country Club in Conover, NC, showcasing the mission and history of the organization.  Rev. Dr. Donald and Mrs. Jo Anne Flick were honored for their 40+ years of dedication and service to UCHS. 

(177) guests participated in the event with almost $63,000 raised for UCHS Foundation.  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.

Judy Connor, a tenant at Emmanuel's Place, shared how UCHS helped her to find affordable housing after the loss of her husband. She spoke of her newfound "family" and how everyone works together to care for each other. 

Mr. Joe Beaman performed "The Ask" after sharing how Abernethy Laurels went above and beyond in caring for his mother during her stay there in memory care.

Here from those we serve within Catawba and Iredell Counties!

17th Annual UCHS Golf Sponsors

Event Photos

2020 Fall Kaleidoscope Newsletter

Click the link below to view our current Philanthropy Newsletter.



2020 Fall Kaleidoscope

Annual Report Fiscal Year 2020

United Church Homes and Services-Inspiring Others

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

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 that possess outstanding qualifications and strong dedication to improving the lives of our residents and employees.


2019-2020 UCHS Foundation Board Executive Committee

  • Rev. Brad Thie – Chair
  • Rev. Larry Bolick – Vice Chair
  • Mrs. Kathy Hedrick – Secretary
  • Dr. Leroy Howell – Treasurer
  • Mrs. Jacquelin Edwards– Additional Member
  • Ms. Lee Syria – UCHS President & CEO, Additional Member

2019- 2020 Board Of Trustees Members

  • Rev. Lawrence Bolick, Salisbury, NC
  • Mr. Joe Beaman, Newton, NC
  • Mrs. Melva Cooper, Newton, NC
  • Mrs. Jacquelin Edwards, Suffolk, VA
  • Mrs. Edith Grimes, Conover, NC
  • Mrs. Kathy Hedrick, Lexington, NC
  • Dr. R. Leroy Howell, Suffolk, VA
  • Mr. Parker Howell, Suffolk, VA
  • Rev. Jerry Rhyne, Concord, NC
  • Mr. Henry Simpson, Suffolk, VA
  • Rev. Brad Thie, Durham, 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
  • Mr. John White, CFO, UCHS; Assistant Treasurer, Board of Trustees

​​Staff Liaisons

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

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 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

John White

(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

Tina McLeod

(828) 465-8014

Chief Human Resources Officer

Cathy Cooper

(828) 465-8535

President, UCHS Foundation

Nancy Beard

(828) 465-8008

UCHS Foundation Staff Photos