UMA June 2021 Newsletter
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 In This Issue
The BCC Caminos Nacional Story
Shared Learning
DEI Resources
Member News
   ‣  Older Adult Ministries
   ‣  Community-Based and Developmental Disabilities Ministries
   ‣  Children, Youth and Families Ministries
   ‣  Annual Conferences
   ‣  On the Move
Sponsor News
United Methodist Church News
Calendar of Events


An Interview with Kelly Berger, LCSW-C, Vice President of Special Operations, Board of Child Care

Caminos Nacional
Children in the Caminos Nacional program enjoy recreational activities at a UMA partner community
Board of Child Care
The Board of Child Care is a generous Excel member of UMA. Board of Child Care
     The subject of unaccompanied minors has been in the news a great deal over the past few years, but UMA member Board of Child Care (BCC) has been serving this youth for some time. To ensure that this vulnerable population and their families were provided with safe, high quality, supportive care, and services, BCC grew their Caminos shelter program, expanding locations from Maryland, into West Virginia and Pennsylvania and added a foster care component. As BCC considered how they might bring more child welfare providers into this work, it seemed natural to look to their UMA, EAGLE accredited partners. This shared connection allowed BCC to cultivate a strong and resilient relationship with their Caminos Nacional partners - Cunningham Children's Home in Urbana, IL and Florida United Methodist Children's Home in Enterprise, FL... read more.

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Three Organizations Awarded EAGLE Accreditation
At its June meeting, the EAGLE Accreditation Commission awarded the following reaccreditation to:
Cunningham Children's Home
Cunningham Children's Home
Urbana, IL

and the following first-time EAGLE accreditations to:
Harvest Child Care Ministries       Timothy Hill Ranch
Harvest Child Care Ministries
Duffield, VA
      Timothy Hill Ranch
Riverhead, NY
EAGLE Welcomes New Peer Reviewers
Congratulations to Lara Raper, MS, Assistant Director of Quality Improvement, The Baby Fold; Kristen Jones, Director of Membership and Programs, UMA; Rev. Gary Livesay, recently retired chaplain with Chaddock; and Martha Wright, Vice President, Clinical Services, Compliance and HIPAA Privacy Officer, United Methodist Homes for completing training and earning certification as an EAGLE Peer Reviewer. They join our Peer Reviewer pool that includes individuals representing 25 different UMA members and EAGLE-accredited 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, Peer Reviewers have a chance to take back innovative solutions and best practices they learn from other organizations. For details on criteria for Peer Reviewers, click here.
"EAGLE accreditation is an investment in the quality of care you provide to your clients, but it is also an investment in the people who work with you to achieve that mission. They can take these standards of quality and turn them around to serve the community at large."
- Alison Evans, President/CEO, The Methodist Home for Children and Youth, Macon, GA
Start the Path to EAGLE
Take the first step on the path to EAGLE and join us for Introduction to EAGLE on August 12. This free, 45-minute webinar is a great way to learn more about the EAGLE Accreditation Program.

Tips and Insights from Expense Consulting

Expense Consulting    In March of last year, the COVID-19 pandemic hit, and the world as we knew it changed. What comes next? During the pandemic, companies learned to
cope, but in the post-pandemic world, they need to learn to thrive. Below are a few critical questions that your company should be contemplating as the nation embarks on a complete economic restart:
  • What did you learn about your "partners"?
  • What did you learn about your supply chain?
  • What did you learn about your sourcing methodologies?
  • What service level agreements need to be adjusted?
  • What inventory level changes have been made?
  • What opportunities have presented themselves as a result of COVID-19?
  • Are you prepared for revised force majeure clauses?
  • Were there any "ah ha" moments?
Click here to read more. Expense Consulting is a generous Truth level annual sponsor of UMA.
Resilience365 Event: Building a Resilient Ministry
Building a Resilient Ministry
A Joint UMA and CHHSM Event
for Ministries Serving Children, Youth and Families

Wednesday, August 11
1:00 - 3:00 P.M. Eastern

Featuring Frank Kros
Founder and CEO
Kros Learning Group
    Invest in your team for this invaluable two-hour learning experience designed to support youth serving professionals in meeting the dramatic healing needs of youth in the post-pandemic era.

To learn more, please click here.

Only $49 for members;
Group discount for 3 or more

Click Here to Register


   Save the Date   
2022 UMA Annual Meeting
April 25-27  |  Savannah, GA

Visit the UMA website for more details to come.
Savannah's Oaks
About Savannah: When you think of Savannah's oaks, you can't picture them without the drape of their idyllic Spanish moss. If you didn't know already, Spanish moss is a misnomer; it is not a moss at all. You also may have heard that it is a parasitic plant that kills the trees, but this is also untrue. You might be surprised to learn what Spanish moss is a close cousin to... the pineapple! Both are epiphytes, which are plants that absorb water and nutrients from the air. Who knew?

Call for Proposals for 2022 UMA Annual Meeting

UMA is seeking high-quality education proposals for the 2022 UMA Annual Meeting. All proposals must be submitted by 5:00 P.M. EDT July 23, 2021. Details and the online submission form are available here. If you have questions, please contact us at
Peer Networks on Hiatus July and August

The Peer Networks are on hiatus for the months of July and August as we begin to prepare for our 2022 Annual Meeting. Watch for the networks to begin again in September.

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In 2020, UMA created a DEI resource page and we are looking to strengthen our resources. Please consider sharing your resources by emailing Sara Charbonneau (

If you missed our recent DEI presentation, Racial Reconciliation in Faith-Based Organizations, presented by Marcelena Holmes, VP of Marketing and Development and Laurie Anne Spagnola, President and CEO, Board of Child Care, please email us at

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Bashor Children's Home names Sean McCrindle as President and CEO
Sean McCrindle When the Bashor Children's Home Board of Directors went looking for a new CEO, they held a nationwide search but ended up choosing someone close to home. Sean McCrindle, a longtime Bashor employee was the right choice.

"The Board enthusiastically supported the Search Committee's recommendation." McCrindle, the Chief Operating Officer at Bashor, has been named the new president and chief executive officer. A 25 year veteran at Bashor, Sean will succeed retiring CEO Don Phillips in June... read more.

Debbie Reed recently received Ph.D.
Debbie Reed Debbie Reed, President/CEO at the Chaddock Family of Organizations, recently received her Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from Concordia University. Her research study focused on "Aspects of Strategic Leadership Unique to Nonprofit Organizations." In addition to leading Chaddock, Debbie also offers training and consultation through The Knowledge Center at Chaddock in the areas of nonprofit leadership development, executive coaching, strategic planning and board development. Debbie is co-author of two books, Attachment Theory in Action and Raising the Challenging Child, and writes a weekly leadership blog at

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   Save the Date   
Interfaith Roundtable Breakfast
sponsored by Ziegler and LeadingAge at the 2021 Leading Age Annual Meeting and Expo

Sunday, October 24, 2021
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Click here for more details.

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If you missed UMA's Preparing for a New Way Forward event, UMC Affiliated Organization: Navigating Church Disruption and Change, presented by Andy Hendren, Chief Legal and Governance Officer, Wespath, please email us at

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July is Make a Difference to Children Month

One person can make all the difference in a child's life. This July, make sure that person is you!
In-home Care can be 'Game Changer' for Senior Living Industry

Senior living communities that provide off-campus, in-home services are a "game changer," providing serious competition with traditional home care companies, according to the newly released results of a small survey... read more.

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Calendar of Events
All times Eastern unless otherwise noted.
August 11 Building a Resilient Ministry, 1:00 P.M. Eastern
August 12 EAGLE Education Series: Introduction to EAGLE, 10:00 A.M. or 3:00 P.M.
August 26 EAGLE Education Series: Preparing for EAGLE Self-Study/Site Visit, 10:00 A.M. or 3:00 P.M.

We invite you to keep abreast of this year's Shared Learning educational opportunities at:

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