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                                                                                               September 2019

Mary Kemper
Mary Kemper
President & CEO, UMA
    Last week, it hit me. Fall had arrived, and I wasn't quite ready.

No, really. It literally hit me. A walnut-sized acorn landed on the crown of my head with such force that it momentarily threw me off balance.

Transitions can be like that. September can be like that. Suddenly, the days get shorter. The nights get cooler. Big and little kids go back to school and nearly everyone gets back to work. It's dependably predictable - or predictably dependable, but whether we expect it to happen tomorrow, next month or a decade from now, change can still unsettle us.

As a friend said to me recently about a new chapter in his life, "You prepare for it mentally and emotionally, but when it happens, it's still a surprise."

I know from talking with many of you, it's been a season of personal transition. You've packed up your kids to college, helped move Mom and Dad, welcomed a new child or grandchild, or announced your plans for retirement.

I also learned from visiting many of you this summer that your organizations are going through big changes. With new projects and partnerships, you are making strategic, intentional shifts. You are proactively repositioning, refinancing, rebranding, and, of course, recruiting. These are exciting, critical, necessary moves and struggles that also impact routines, culture and relationships.

Despite this, UMA leaders and supporters continue to embrace fresh challenges to further their reach. Just this month, Anne Dunnenberger, Director of Outreach, Bridge of Hope, hosted by Asbury Communities gathered nonprofit community leaders in Frederick, Maryland to explore ways to work together to support homeless people in need. She is promoting powerful, positive and difficult change. Read more...


Shared Learning

Register Now for A Conversation with Tom Rath
   A Virtual Event
$149 per line

To register, email education@ouruma.org with subject line: Tom Rath by OCTOBER 30.

For more information, please click here.

UMA Leaders at LeadingAge
UMA President and CEO Mary Kemper and several UMA organizations and business partners will be attending the LeadingAge Annual Meeting, October 27-30, in San Diego. While UMA will not be hosting a stand-alone event this year; we will be joining other faith-based associations and members at the Interfaith Roundtable Breakfast to be held at 6:30am on Tuesday, October 30. If you are interested in joining this event or connecting with Mary Kemper during the meeting, please send an e-mail to Sara Charbonneau at scharbonneau@ouruma.org. Limited spots are available.

We encourage you to attend education session 36-A: The Stewardship of Culture in Faith-Based Organizations on Sunday afternoon, featuring UMA President Mary Kemper and other leaders of faith-based associations. Also, several UMA ministry and business members will be sharing their expertise and best practices at LeadingAge. We encourage you to show your support by attending their education sessions. For a full list, click here.

UMA 2020 Annual Meeting

Join us for the Annual Meeting to be held on April 28-30.
UMA will be hosted by Frasier, located in Boulder, Colorado.

Book Your Hotel Now
The Headquarters Hotels: The Embassy Suites and Hilton Garden Inn or call 1-800-HILTONS.

Additional details and registration for this event will begin in early 2020. For more, please click here.

Save the Date: Fundraising Summit
Join UMA and other interfaith leaders at the PAHSA Fundraising Summit in February in Orlando, FL. UMA members will receive the PAHSA member rate. Make your room reservation at Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort by January 6, 2020. Call 800-624-4109 and ask for group: PAHSA Summit 2020 to receive the group rate of $179.00/night. This event will be hosted by Westminster Communities of Florida.


EAGLE Recognition Reaffirmed for QRTP
        EAGLE recently received additional federal communications regarding EAGLE recognition as an approved accrediting body for Qualified Residential Treatment Programs (QRTP).

In an August 20th letter, Jerry Milner, Associate Commissioner of the Children's Bureau of the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, reaffirmed the approval of EAGLE accreditation standards. He stated that, "all Children's Bureau Regional Offices have been made aware of the approval of EAGLE accreditation standards and requested that they share this information with their states."

While the letter in response to UMA confirms EAGLE recognition, some ambiguity continues as the HHS website does not mention EAGLE. The EAGLE Task Force working on this issue met last week and has turned its attention to pursue discussions with individual states. We'd like to hear your experience with your state to share with the task force. Please contact Director of EAGLE Jill Myers at jmyers@ouruma.org or UMA President Mary Kemper at mkemper@ouruma.org.


UMA President Visits EAGLE Accredited Organizations
UMA Visit to Otterbein SeniorLife
Otterbein SeniorLife
Mary Kemper returns a shark to its tank.
UMA Visit to Copeland Oaks
Copeland Oaks
David Mannion, Mary Kemper and Lisa Gentile
UMA Visit to Wesbury
Brian Nageotte and
Mary Kemper

"One of my guiding principles in our organization is that we put monitors in place for all of our policies and procedures so we can determine if we are doing what we intend. EAGLE is our monitor for excellence."
Brian Nageotte, Wesbury President and CEO

EAGLE Marketing Task Force
EAGLE's goal is to recognize organizations that voluntarily go beyond the minimum requirements of licensure to improve operational processes and outcomes. EAGLE challenges organizations not just to compete in challenging human services environments, but to soar above the competition while living their faith values. In early September, the EAGLE Marketing Task Force met to create an EAGLE Marketing Toolkit designed to encourage and help EAGLE Accredited organizations share the news of their EAGLE Accreditation. Please stay tuned to our newsletters, website and our new EAGLE Facebook page for updates.

Do you have an EAGLE story to share? Please contact Sara Charbonneau at scharbonneau@ouruma.org.

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Member News

•  Gansemer Returns to Hillcrest as Interim President & CEO

•  Burlington United Methodist Family Services, Inc. Seeks President/CEO

•  Chicago Methodist Senior Services Leverages JVs to Succeed in Tough Market

•  Board of Child Care Selected for ABC 2 Baltimore's "Built Upon a Dream" TV Show

•  Wellroot Family Services Receives State of Hope Grant

•  United Methodist Retirement Communities and Porter Hills Earn Highest Quality Ratings

•  United Methodist Retirement Communities Foundation Awarded Grant

•  Effective Leadership in One Word: A Blog post by Debbie Reed

Debbie Reed
President & CEO, Chaddock
  I have bookshelves filled with leadership books. I have advanced degrees in the subject. I've attended countless seminars, listened to podcasts, followed blogs and train on the topic. And through all that exploration and study, I have come to realize that good leadership can be boiled down to one word. Sure we have lots of vocabulary to slice and dice or give a particular spin to the topic, but when all is said and done it really all boils down to a single concept.

And that concept isn't unique to the field of leadership. I am privileged to lead... Read more.
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Sponsor News

2020 Annual Sponsorship
We invite you to support the mission of UMA and its members as a Business Member and become a 2020 Annual Sponsor with year-long sponsor benefits. View or download the benefit details, please click here. Submit the online application below by November 1, 2019 to secure a place for your company logo in our 2020 publications.

Unidine and Varsity Branding Sponsor iN2L 60/20 Tour
iN2L 60/20 Tour at United Methodist Communities

The 60/20 Tour celebrates 20 years of senior living residents enjoying iN2L (It's Never 2 Late) technology and the 60th birthday of iN2L co-founder Jack York. Jack recently visited UMA member United Methodist Communities (New Jersey) and will visit Aldersgate (North Carolina) on October 2.

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Did You Know?

Opinion: Florida Already Has Shortage of Homes for Foster Children. This could make it worse.
Florida needs more time to develop a plan to adjust to the Family First Prevention Services Act, and we encourage members of Congress to support the State Flexibility for Family First Transitions Act by Sens. Read more...

September is National Recovery Month
Each year, Recovery Month creates a toolkit to help individuals and organizations increase awareness of the power of recovery. The kit provides tips and resources for planning Recovery Month events and distributing information in communities across the nation. Read more...

CDC Investigation Notice/Outbreak of Lung Illness Associated with Using E-cigarette Products
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), state and local health departments, and other clinical and public health partners are investigating a multistate outbreak of lung disease associated with e-cigarette product (devices, liquids, refill pods, and/or cartridges) use. Read more...

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Calendar of Events

October 3   Development Network Call
October 9   Human Resources Network Call
October 30   Interfaith Roundtable Breakfast
November 13   A Virtual Conversation with Tom Rath
April 28-30   2020 UMA Annual Meeting (Boulder, CO)

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