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.

  • Benevolence 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

  • Innovation Fund- which 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.

 

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.

2016

$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.

2017

$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 Davidson County 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.

2018

$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 50X50 campaign was revealed at all three Julius Society Dinners. The campaign 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 Davidson County Luncheon was held at Lexington Golf Club, honoring Mr. Dwight Hedrick, and grossed $45,805. 

2019

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

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

 

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

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

Julius Society 50 x 50

An elite Julius society campaign, called “50 x 50,”  was unveiled at this year's Julius Society dinners. 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 x 50 group and receive a special 50 x 50 lapel pin. 

If you would like additional information on this elite group of Julius Society Members--please contact Nancy Beard at 828-465-8008 or by email [email protected]

Check out the 50 x 50 logo!

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Julius Society Dinner Event Photos

Philanthropy Luncheon

The UCHS Foundation held it's 3rd Annual Philanthropy Luncheon at Lexington Golf Club on Friday April 12th, showcasing the mission and history of the organization.  Mr. C. Boyce Sink was honored posthumously for his dedication to UCHS, where he played a vital role in the expansion of UCHS into Davidson County. 

(166) guests participated in the event with more than $43,000 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.

Linda Shields, a tenant at Carolina Senior Living, shared how UCHS has helped her to achieve what some might see as impossible. In spite of her many obstacles and recent bout with cancer, Linda continues to reach for the stars and pursue her advanced degree. 

Here from those we serve within Davidson County!

Upcoming Events

Upcoming 2019 Foundation Events:

 

4th Annual 5k and Mutt Strut

Rescheduled-due to onsite costruction. Date pending- at Abernethy Laurels in Newton, NC 

16th Annual UCHS Foundation Golf Tournament​

Rain makeup date July 8, 2019 at Catawba Country Club in Hickory, NC. **We have 3 team slots avaialable** If you'd like to sponsor or contribute marketing items for gift bags, please contact Stephanie Fortner at [email protected]

2nd Annual 5k & 4 PAWS at Lake Prince Woods

November 2nd, 2019 at 9am. Contact Nancy Beard at 828-465-8008 or nbeard@uchas.org --if you'd like information on sponsorship or participation. Participant registration will be available later this summer at http://runtimeraces.com/

1st Annual 5k at Piedmont Crossing 2019

Stay tuned for more information on this event. We are excited to be partnering with Thomasville Parks and Recreation.

16th Annual UCHS Golf Sponsors

16th Annual Golf Tournament

Rescheduled !!!

New rain date below

July 8, 2019--Shotgun start at 10 AM--at Catawba Country Club

A special thanks to our presenting sponsor Sodexo

Sponsorship opportunities are available **3 team slots available**

For more information please contact Stephanie Fortner at [email protected] or at 828-465-8013

If you are unable to play or participate, please consider a financial donation.

 

 

2019 Golf Tournament Sponsorship Registration

Event Photos

UCHS Spring Newsletter

Click the link below to view our current Philanthropy Newsletter.

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Annual Report Fiscal Year 2018

United Church Homes and Services-Letting Our Light Shine

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

 

2018-2019 UCHS Foundation Board Executive Committee

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

2018- 2019 Board Of Trustees Members

  • Rev. Lawrence Bolick, Salisbury, 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. 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, Board of Trustees, Newton, NC

​​Staff Liaisons

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