United Methodist Association

In This Issue
Assumption Potholes
Shared Learning
UMA 2019 Excel Members
New UMA 2019 Sponsors
Member News
Sponsor News
Did you know?
UMA Grows to Serve You
Calendar of Events




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                                                                                    February-March 2019

Assumption Potholes

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

    As leaders, it is easy to make assumptions... and whether we recognize them as such or not, they can cause jarring aggravation for you and the people you hope to lead. Almost like the abrupt jolt of an unseen pothole. While the list of expectations that can trip you up is long, I would offer the following as perhaps among the most common assumption potholes...
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Is Caminos Nacional Right for Your Agency?
March 28, 11:00am - 2pm EDT

    Board of Child Care will host a brief online educational session to introduce UMA member agencies to the population served by the Office of Refugee Resettlement Unaccompanied Children Shelter Program and introduce the concept of a Caminos Nacional model of care providers. The session will take place on Thursday, March 28, 2019 from 11:00am - 2:00pm EDT.

To register, contact Sara Charbonneau (scharbonneau@ourma.org) by Monday, March 25, 2019. For more information, click here.

Join Us For Outstanding Peer Education

We are pleased to present high quality education once again at our Annual Meeting, many of which include the shared expertise and experiences of your UMA peers. The Shared Learning Committee, made up of a variety of professionals from diverse ministries, selected the best of the submissions for this year. Below is a list of your fellow UMA Member organizations that are featured in education sessions:

Asbury Communities
Frederick, MD

             Spero Family Services
Mount Vernon, IL
Board of Child Care
Baltimore, MD

    United Methodist Communities
Neptune, NJ
Quincy, IL

    United Methodist Homes
Magnolia Manor
Americus, GA

Richmond, VA
Otterbein Franklin SeniorLife Community
Franklin, IN

Chelsea, MI
Otterbein SeniorLife
Lebanon, OH


Click here to see the full listing of sessions in our brochure.

Raise Your Voice in Song
The UMA Annual Meeting will feature a choir made up of UMA member and EAGLE-accredited organizations. If you are interested in singing with us, please contact Sara Charbonneau (scharbonneau@ouruma.org).

Share Your Joy
We would like to hear from you. Do you have a joy moment or story that you like to share? We plan to feature Joy Stories in our newsletter and on our website. If you would like to share yours, please email Sara Charbonneau (scharbonneau@ouruma.org).

UMA 2019 Excel Members

UMA would like to thank our 2019 Excel Members that voluntarily contribute resources above their
base dues to accelerate the UMA mission. If you would like to become an Excel member, please contact
Michelle Chandler at (mchander@ouruma.org).

Asbury Communities
Frederick, MD

             United Methodist Communities
Neptune, NJ
Quincy, IL

    United Methodist Family Services
Richmond, VA
Epworth Village
Hialeah, FL

    Wesley Homes
Des Moines, WA
Magnolia Manor
Americus, GA


Welcome New UMA 2019 Sponsors

Please welcome our newest UMA Annual Sponsors. Their support and engagement adds value to your association.

Truth Level
It's Never 2 Late
Johnson Kendall Johnson

Aldersgate Level
The Asbury Group
Insight Worldwide
L.R. Webber

Click here for a full list of our 2019 Annual Sponsors.

UMRC and Porter Hills Announce Affiliation
United Methodist Retirement Communities, Inc. (UMRC) and Porter Hills Presbyterian Village, Inc. (PH) have entered an agreement, to come together under shared governance and leadership. "By coming together as we have, our organizations create tremendous opportunities for the people we serve," said John Nixon III, Chair of the UMRC governing board. For more, click here.

The Methodist Home Meets Health and Human Services Administrator
Health and Human Services Acting Administrator on Children, Youth and Families, Dr. Jerry Milner, met with mission minded CEOs including, Alison Evans, CEO of The Methodist Home (Macon, GA) to discuss the Families First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) in February.

During the visit, Ms. Evans shared information about EAGLE accreditation with Dr. Milner and his team. She encouraged him to be open to requests from state child welfare heads who might offer EAGLE as an option for national accreditation under FFPSA.
United Methodist Children's Home is Now Wellroot Family Services
For more information, and to view a video from Rev. Hal Jones, President & CEO, please click here.

UMA Welcomes New Staff from Member Organizations
    •  Wesley Woods names Diane Vaughan as new Foundation President
    •  Asbury Methodist Village welcomes Dr. Malcolm Frazier as new Director of Pastoral Care and Counseling
    •  Aldersgate United Methodist Retirement Community announces Maria Hagadorn as Director of Philanthropy

A Covert Way of Getting Teams to Rock!
At United Methodist Communities, CEO Larry Carlson spearheaded the creation of a "commissioning service". This is a time when the organization recognizes the commitment of team members and the team members reaffirm their commitment to the organization. Every associate commits themselves to the mission of UMC by signing a statement that is hung in the location where they work. Click here for more.

EAGLE Announces New Commissioners
We welcome David Glenn, Vice President of Human Resources at United Methodist Communities, and Doug Marshall, President and CEO of Presbyterian Children's Home, as our two newest Commissioners. Approved by the UMA Board of Directors this fall, they began serving their first three-year term at the January Commission meeting. To learn more about these commissioners, click here.

UMRC Joins Caring Communities
United Methodist Retirement Communities has become the latest member of Caring Communities, the nation's leading member-owned insurance company providing liability insurance, education and risk management services for not-for-profit senior care and housing. For more, click here.

The Power of Purpose Recruitment and Retention
A white paper from LeaderStadt.

UMA Organizations Recognized by Holleran
The following UMA organizations received recognition for Exemplary Employee and Resident Engagement Scores from Holleran: Asbury Communities, Methodist Senior Services, United Methodist Retirement Communities and Wesley Communities.

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) contribute to about 30% of all injury deaths in the United States. Every day, 153 people in the United States die from injuries that include TBI. Effects of TBI can include impaired thinking or memory, movement, sensation (e.g., vision or hearing), or emotional functioning (e.g., personality changes, depression). Learn how to recognize, respond to, and reduce the risk of TBI. Get the facts here.

LeadingAge Announces Plans to Affiliate
LeadingAge announced its intent to affiliate with the Visiting Nurse Association of America and ElevatingHOME to work towards increasing its impact and influence across the full continuum of services. ElevatingHOME (EH) and its subsidiary, Visiting Nurse Association of America (VNAA), are member-led organizations working to expand the definition of and conversation around home-based care, supporting providers of home health and hospice services.

Faithful Aging Conference
Persons of all faith traditions are invited to come learn, network, and share best ministry practices on April 2, Culpeper, VA to discuss opportunities related to aging congregations and meeting the needs of older adults, inside and outside the walls of faith communities. For more information, please click here for their website or here for the brochure.

Parent Well-Being and Parent-Child Relationships Are Key to Promoting Child Well-Being
An article from Children's Bureau Express: Spotlight on Well-being as a Crucial Part of the Child Welfare Continuum. Read the full article here.
   The UMA Team is growing and changing to meet the evolving needs of our association. In January, Sara Charbonneau's position changed to Communications Coordinator. Sara will continue to serve part-time, providing support to the UMA president and Board of Directors and overseeing UMA communications.

UMA welcomes its newest staff member Ross LiCausi, who joined the UMA team in Frederick, MD in February. Ross will provide part-time administrative support for Director of EAGLE, Jill Myers, and Director of Operations and Member Services, Michelle Chandler.

We are proud of our dedicated team that is working to serve you.

United Methodist Association Staff
Pictured left to right: Michelle Chandler, Sara Charbonneau, Mary Kemper, Jill Myers and Ross LiCausi

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2019 Calendar of Events

March 13   HR Network call 11:00 AM EDT
March 14   EAGLE Accreditation Commission Meeting
March 28   Chaplain Chat, 4:00 PM EDT
April 4   Development Network Call, 10:00 AM EDT
April 10   HR Network Call 11:00 AM EDT
Employee Engagement with Seth Anthony, Holleran
May 6   UMA Board of Directors Meeting
May 7-8   Annual Meeting in Fort Myers, Florida
May 8   HR Network - No Call, Network In-Person at the Annual Meeting
May 9   EAGLE Peer Reviewer Training 8:00 AM EDT
at Sanibel Harbour Marriott
June 6   Development Network Call, 10:00 AM EDT
Caregiver Retention with LeAnn Thiemann, SelfCare for HealthCare
June 12   HR Network Call 11:00 AM EDT
July 11   Development Network Call, 10:00 AM EDT
July 18-19   EAGLE Accreditation Commission Meeting
July 24   UMA Board of Directors Meeting
August 1   Development Network Call, 10:00 AM EDT
September 5   Development Network Call, 10:00 AM EDT
October 3   Development Network Call, 10:00 AM EDT
November 7   Development Network Call, 10:00 AM EST
November 13   UMA Board of Directors Meeting
December 5   Development Network Call, 10:00 AM EST