United Methodist Association

In This Issue
UMA Gives Thanks
Sponsor News
UMA News
Annual Meeting 2019
Share Your Joy
Networking & Education
Member News
Calendar of Events

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November 2018
Psalm 118: 1

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

UMA Gives Thanks

Dear UMA Family,

The UMA staff and leadership hold you in our hearts this season. We appreciate the work you do each day to better the lives of those you serve. This Thanksgiving, we extend our appreciation to our Development Network members, who work year-round to promote a spirit of giving to meet the unmet needs of vulnerable children, families and seniors in our communities.

The work of John Wesley continues with us. The needs of the poor and vulnerable continue to grow within our local communities, across the country and around the world. Sadly, we need only to watch the day's news to see the vast devastation wrought by recent floods and fires, and brutality and violence. We are grateful to our UMA and EAGLE member organizations who serve those in need. You continue to fuel the UMA flame of faith, hope and light.

Once again, as we gather in gratitude this season, we invite you to set a place at the table to remember those who have lost their lives this year. Let us give thanks for the compassion and strength that moves people to do the extraordinary. Let us set an extra plate to welcome those who are lonely or suffering. Let us remember to make time to celebrate the simple blessings of shelter and a warm meal. And finally, for a moment, let us set aside our differences, and join in prayer to give thanks for friends and strangers who touch our lives in a positive way each day.

Have a Blessed Thanksgiving,
Mary Kemper
President & CEO


EAGLE Recognition of EAGLE Accreditation Under FFPSA
UMA and the EAGLE Accreditation Commission continue to seek recognition as an accrediting body in the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA). An EAGLE Accreditation Task Force met this month to discuss strategies to support agencies through advocacy and tools. The issue is time-sensitive and state-specific as to be certified for Qualified Residential Treatment Programs (QRTP), the program must be licensed and accredited by an HHS approved accreditor by October 1, 2019, unless a state requests a delay for up to two years.

While some states such as Texas have granted extensions on the accreditation requirement, others have not. There is some question as to whether the currently approved accrediting bodies will be able to fully meet the demand under the legislation. In August, UMA submitted written testimonies in August in advance of the August 7th Congressional deadline, requesting EAGLE be recognized (FFPSA). Members interested in additional details, please contact Mary Kemper at mkemper@ouruma.org or Jill Myers at jmyers@ouruma.org.

Sponsor News

HJ Sims Partners with UMA Members
HJ Sims recently worked with Asbury Communities to refinance higher rate tax-exempt, fixed rate bond with new bonds that generated significant savings and fit within their overall level-debt service. For more information, please click here.

In other news, United Methodist Homes of PA-NY (UMH) sought HJ Sims' assistance in evaluating options for an Independent Living Unit expansion and campus renovation project. For more detail, click here.

UMA News

UMA Supports Nursing Home Workforce Quality Act
UMA joined LeadingAge and other faith-based associations in support of the Nursing Home Workforce Quality Act (H.R. 6986) to end mandatory lock out of Certified Nursing Assistant (CAN) training. This legislation will eliminate the mandatory two-year disapproval of nurse aide training programs. See the September press release for details on the legislation.

Please make plans to join us for an incredible shared learning and networking experience in Fort Myers, FL at Shell Point Retirement Community. UMA has partnered with the Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort and Spa for discounted rooms.

Not sure? Hear directly from members about their experience at this year's meeting in our UMA video. Registration for this event will open in early February 2019. Please feel free to visit our website (www.ouruma.org) for more information.

#WeAreOurUMA #WhyWeGather #EmpoweredByJoy

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).

Networking & Education

UMA Networks will not meet in December, due to the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Save these dates for your calls in January:
Ed4Training Offers 1 MILLION Courses for Free
Ed4Training is partnering with UMA to give away 1 Million online course programs. At Ed4Training, they believe that everything you learn changes you in ways that you would never expect. Lifelong learning is an absolute must in this era of constant change and disruption. This "give back" program will run until December 31, 2018. Click here for details.

Member News

Somebody Leadership
A Blog Post by Debbie Reed, President & CEO, Chaddock
As the dust settles on the contentious midterm elections, with a myriad of people feeling excited/vindicated/emboldened/sad/discouraged/disillusioned and a whole host of emotions in between, I am left to wonder... How did we get here?... for more, please click here.

Calendar of Events

January 3, 2019 Development Network Call, 10:00 AM (EST)
January 9, 2019 Human Resources Network Call, 11:00 AM (EST)
January 24, 2019 Chaplain Chat, 4:00 PM (EST)
February 6, 2019 UMA Board of Directors Meeting
February 7, 2019 Development Network Call, 10:00 AM (EST)
March 28, 2019 Chaplain Chat, 4:00 PM (EDT)
May 6, 2019 UMA Board of Directors Meeting
May 7-8, 2019 Annual Meeting at Shell Point Retirement Community
July 24, 2019 UMA Board of Directors Meeting
November 13, 2019 UMA Board of Directors Meeting

Chaplain Network Calls hosted by Louisiana UM Children & Family Services.
Development Network Call hosted by United Methodist Retirement Communities.
Human Resources Networking Group hosted by Asbury Communities.