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Shared Learning Events
A Way Forward
Annual Meeting 2019
Calendar of Events
UMA News
EAGLE News
Networking & Education
Member News
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AUGUST 2018

UMA Welcomes Jill Myers

Jill Myers has joined the UMA team as interim Director of EAGLE Accreditation. She steps into this position under an employee-sharing agreement forged with The Methodist Home for Children in Macon, GA, an EAGLE-accredited organization.

Jill has served on the UMA Board of Directors from 2012 to 2016 and on the EAGLE Accreditation Commission for the past five years. She has also dedicated countless hours as an EAGLE peer reviewer.
Jill has served at The Methodist Home for Children and Youth for over 27 years. She has a B.S. in Psychology and an MPA from Georgia College. As Executive Vice President, she has led her organization's quality processes, organized accreditation activities, overseen Admissions, and the Early Learning Center. She has guided The Methodist Home through both COA and EAGLE Accreditations since 1996, becoming a peer reviewer and ultimately team leader for both bodies.

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Shared Learning Events

Transitioning Youth Summit
September 20
Board of Child Care, Baltimore


Transitioning Youth Summit Hear from national experts and UMA members who are creating partnerships and developing models to support at-risk youth. Bring your leadership team and join in as we dialogue and explore solutions.

Check out this article with some startling facts on this topic: The Danger of Foster Children Aging Out of the System.

Click here to Register for the Transitioning Youth Summit

Governance and the Not-for-profit Difference
September 26
Frederick, MD and Virtually

This event has been postponed.
We look forward to sharing this important information with you at a future date to be determined.

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UMA Board Establishes a Way Forward Task Force

The UMA Board of Directors at its July meeting established a task force to explore how best to prepare for changes that may impact UMA ministries as a result of the scheduled 2019 Special Session of the UMC General Conference on a Way Forward.

Two issues of a Way Forward identified by the board as potentially affecting UMA members are the use of the name "United Methodist Church" and the trust clause with regards to property. The UMA task force plans to share its findings during the UMA Annual Meeting in Fort Myers, FL, May 7-8.

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SAVE THE DATES: UMA ANNUAL MEETING, May 7-8

UMA Annual Meeting 2019 You deserve joy.

Please join us for our 2019 Annual Meeting featuring Douglas Abrams, author of Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World.

When: May 7-8, 2019
Where: Shell Point Retirement Community, Fort Myers, FL, an EAGLE Accredited Community


For more about Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World please click here.
Registration for this event will begin in early February 2019. Please feel free to visit our website (www.ouruma.org) for more information and stay tuned to our newsletter for more details.


Calendar of Events

September 6 Development Network Call, 10:00 AM EDT
September 12 Human Resources Networking Group, 11:00 AM EDT
September 20 Transitioning Youth Summit at Board of Child Care
October 4 Development Network Call, 10:00 AM EDT
October 10 Human Resources Networking Group, 11:00 AM EDT
October 25 Chaplain Chat, 4:00 PM EDT
November 1 Development Network Call, 10:00 AM EDT
November 14 Human Resources Networking Group, 11:00 AM EDT
December 6 Development Network Call, 10:00 AM EDT
December 12 Human Resources Networking Group, 11:00 AM EDT
May 7-8, 2019 Annual Meeting at Shell Point Retirement Community

Development Network Call hosted by United Methodist Retirement Communities.
Human Resources Networking Group hosted by Asbury Communities.


UMA News

UMA Welcomes United Methodist Homes
United Methodist Homes - NY United Methodist Homes is a faith-based nonprofit organization, founded in 1958, that operates two multi-level senior living communities in the Greater Binghamton region of New York, a continuing care retirement community in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre region of Pennsylvania, and a personal care campus in Tunkhannock, PA. UMH serves more than 1,100 residents at its four sites and has more than 1,000 employees. www.unitedmethodisthomes.org
UMA Welcomes MHS
MHS is a not-for-profit, faith-based, membership organization connecting Anabaptist-related health and human services providers together to stay true to their values and achieve the very best outcomes. Believing that they are stronger together, MHS offers centralized resources and values-centered consulting services that expand each member's individual capacity for doing good, boost organizational effectiveness and cultivate and support the next generation of non-profit leaders. www.mhsonline.org

EAGLE News

UMA Seeks Recognition of EAGLE under Families First Prevention Services Act
UMA and EAGLE-accredited organization The Methodist Home of Children and Youth in Macon, GA submitted written testimonies on August 3rd in advance of the August 7th Congressional deadline, requesting EAGLE be recognized as an accrediting body in the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA). The House Ways and Means Human Resources Subcommittee held a hearing entitled "The Opioid Crisis: Implementation of the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) on Tuesday, July 24, 2018. The link to the actual hearing is located here.

For more, please click here.

Discover the Benefits of Serving as a Peer Reviewer
EAGLE Accreditation Team, Bashor Children's Home
Team Member, Andrew Morse, LMCH
Team Member, Barry Lancaster, BUMFS
Team Leader, Jill Myers, The Methodist Home
EAGLE peer reviewers are dedicated professionals with experience working with nonprofit and faith-based organizations. Serving as an EAGLE Peer Reviewer offers professionals a chance to gain a deeper understanding of the EAGLE process and principles. At the same time, reviewers have a chance to take back innovative solutions and best practices they learn from other organizations.

Through the self-study process and site visits, peer reviewers learn more about the expectations of an organization's self-study; including their own. Reviewers will learn from examples of critical organizational documents, scenarios and first-hand experience on their site visits.

If you are interested in becoming a peer reviewer, please contact us at eagle@ouruma.org.
For more information, please click here.

Networking & Education

Exchange ideas, share your knowledge, fellowship, and explore solutions with peers from around the nation.
We invite you to participate in any of our member networks. RSVPs are appreciated but not required.


Chaplain Chat
You and your staff are invited to network with your peers via our Chaplain Chat conference calls.


RSVP for the Chaplain Chat


Human Resources Network
You are invited to participate in our Human Resources Network conference calls hosted by Asbury Communities.

RSVP for the Human Resources Network


Development Network
You are invited to participate in our Development Network conference calls hosted by United Methodist Retirement Communities.

RSVP for the Development Network

New Funding Opportunity for the Federally-Facilitated Exchange Navigator Program
On July 10, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for the Federally-facilitated Exchange (FFE) Navigator Program for plan year 2019. To view the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), please click here, and search for CFDA # 93.332. To view the July 10 press release, please click here.

Member News

Great Places to Work® Certifications
UMA is pleased to announce that our following members have recently achieved the Great Places To Work® certification, a nationally recognized award. This certification is part of Fortune Magazine's "Best Workplaces" list.

Pictured here are UMRC Rivertown Resident James Brown and Executive Director of Thome Rivertown, Julia Szuper.

If you have been recognized as a Great Places To Work®, we would like to hear from you.
Please email us at askuma@ouruma.org.


Holleran's 2018 Choice Community Award Winners
Holleran recognized their 2018 Choice Communities which include Methodist Senior Services and United Methodist Retirement Communities. Both were recognized as 2018 Choice Communities in employee engagement. For more information, please click here.

UMRC Foundation Receives Its Largest Gift of 2018
The United Methodist Retirement Communities (UMRC) Foundation is pleased to announce that it has received a $2.5 million grant from the Edward N. and Della L. Thome Memorial Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee. This grant supports expansion and renovations to UMRC's Kresge Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, a focal part of the UMRC Foundation's Growing to Serve comprehensive campaign. For more information, please visit their website.

Harbor House Expansion
Harbor House Crisis Shelters has expanded with the addition of a five-unit apartment building. This is a first for their community and the first in the five northern counties of Wisconsin. Over the next six months, they will be renovating the building with the assistance of various mission teams including a VIM group in September.

Please visit their website for more information.

Lifted by Laughter
A blog post by Debbie Reed, President & CEO Chaddock.