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UMA 2019 Membership
Calendar of Events
UMA News
UMA at Alliance
Annual Meeting 2019
Share Your Joy
Sponsor News
Networking & Education
Member News

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October 2018

EAGLE Accredited Communities

On behalf of the EAGLE Accreditation Commission, UMA is pleased to extend congratulations to the following communities: These organizations are committed to continual assessment of the effectiveness of their operations and ongoing improvements to their ministries to provide the highest quality services possible.

Each year during UMA's Annual Meeting, a celebration is held to honor those organizations that achieve accreditation.

UMA 2019 Membership

UMA would like to thank you for your ongoing commitment. Together, our faithful network of social ministries with a shared set of values and a rich United Methodist heritage, continues to transform the lives of people and communities. With the EAGLE principles as our guide, we continue to lead in setting quality standards of excellence.

One of the greatest assets of UMA is you. You, your team and other trusted, supportive leaders around the country openly share expertise to make every ministry stronger. Watch our UMA video to hear what members are saying about UMA today by clicking here.

UMA members are stronger and more engaged than ever.

Our UMA online 2019 Membership form is located here: http://www.ouruma.org/members/2019-membership-2/

A list of the UMA 2019 Membership Opportunities is located here: http://www.ouruma.org/members/join-us/

Get the most value from your membership by connecting at the UMA Annual Meeting in May and participate in regional in-person and virtual events, and professional network meetings. We encourage you to get engaged and serve on UMA committees with your peers.

If you would like to update your contact information, add more of your team to our mailing list or inquire about new membership, please email or call us (301-556-1340).

Calendar of Events

November 1 Development Network Call, 10:00 AM EDT
November 7 Executive Committee Meeting
November 14 Human Resources Networking Group, 11:00 AM EDT
November 15 UMA Board of Directors Meeting
December 6 Development Network Call, 10:00 AM EDT
December 12 Human Resources Networking Group, 11:00 AM EDT
January 3, 2019 Development Network Call, 10:00 AM EDT
January 24, 2019 Chaplain Chat, 4:00 PM EDT
February 6, 2019 UMA Board of Directors Meeting
February 7, 2019 Development Network Call, 10:00 AM EDT
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.

UMA News

The Future of Faith-Based Retirement Communities
At BROOKS ADAMS from GlynnDevins, they look at emerging trends across various areas of industry impact via their Generations Survey, conducted biannually since 1987 with members of their proprietary Senior Panel (55+). Recently, in working with some of their faith-based clients, the question of importance of religious affiliation for retirement communities has been a topic of interest. For more on this story, please click here.

UMA at Alliance

Healthy community engagement, transition age youth and partnering on prevention were among the issues discussed during the 2018 National Alliance Conference held in Denver, October 15-17. UMA's Director of EAGLE Accreditation Jill Myers and five UMA CYF member agencies were represented at the conference.

The event offered a rare opportunity to have a conversation with Jerry Milner, acting Associate Commissioner of the U.S. Health and Human Services Department's Administration on Children, Youth and Families. He shared his desire to lead child welfare in partnering with local prevention organizations. He reinforced that the importance of the states' five-year plans, which are due next year, and are expected to be flexible in their approach to the federal mandates with strong prevention partners included as resources.
Other education topics included engagement of older youth, dynamic programming for youth leaving the child welfare system, movement from compliance to meaningful outcomes, and a session that demonstrated research that supports the necessity for elementary schools to partner with early learning centers to increase their outcomes in 3rd and 5th grade.

A most interesting opportunity included a field trip to the Mental Health Clinic of Denver to visit the partnership with the Northeast Park Hill community program with an aquaponics food garden system. Dahlia Campus for Health and Well-Being includes a teaching kitchen for youth and adults to learn how to cook good nutritional foods. The philosophy is good food equals good mental health.

The "Healthy for Life" community engagement program is a joint venture between Aramark and the American Heart Association. This class demonstrated an evidenced based curriculum on nutrition. This is an avenue for individuals and families to receive food discovery and cooking experiences in any environment. The curriculum includes food tastings, grocery shopping field trips, and health and well-being workshops. Teachings are focused on food safety, economic principles and combining items easily accessible to learning youth and families. Free access to this curriculum is available here. This free resource could serve as a tool for our CYF Life Skills leaders and OAM Recreation/Activity Departments. Again, these lessons are a combination of videos, recipes and hands on educational opportunities.

How can we work with you? Please make plans to join us in Fort Myers, FL at Shell Point Retirement Community. UMA has partnered with the Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort and Spa for discounted rooms:
  • $209 per night plus taxes.
  • Click here to book your room.
  • No resort fee.
    (NOTE: Reservations will include the resort fee, but they will not be included in the final room bill.)
  • Rates are valid for our group May 2-11, 2019.
  • Booking deadline April 4, 2019.
UMA Annual Meeting 2019: "Empowered by Joy" featuring Douglas Abrams, author of The Book of Joy.

#WeAreOurUMA   #WhyWeGather   #EmpoweredByJoy

Please take a moment to view our UMA video. 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.

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).

Sponsor News

Wespath to Launch of Wespath Institutional Investments this January
Wespath Benefits and Investments (Wespath) announced plans to launch Wespath Institutional Investments, dedicated to serving an expanded range of institutional investors, such as hospitals, universities, and other organizations whose missions align with that of The United Methodist Church (UMC). Wespath Institutional Investments will launch on January 2, 2019 as will the I Series line of globally diversified multi-manager funds. See the recent press release for more details.

Wespath and BlackRock Collaborate to Launch New Low-Carbon Economy "Transition Ready" Investment Strategy
Wespath Benefits and Investments (Wespath) and BlackRock, Inc. have launched a new approach to low-carbon investing. The "Transition Ready" strategy seeks to deliver long-term competitive financial returns relative to standard performance benchmarks and directs capital to companies best positioned to facilitate the global transition to a low-carbon economy. The strategy was co-designed by Wespath and BlackRock, and incorporates proprietary data and insights to evaluate a company's transition readiness. Click here for more information.

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, hosted by Louisiana UM Children and Family Services

To include your name in the Chaplains Network, email Michelle Chandler (mchandler@ouruma.org).

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

To include your name in the HR Network, email Michelle Chandler (mchandler@ouruma.org).

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

To include your name in the Development Network, email Michelle Chandler (mchandler@ouruma.org).

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

Bethany Village Earns Planetree Gold Level Excellence in Person-Centered Care
Planetree International has certified and awarded Bethany Village, an Asbury community in Mechanicsburg, PA, for Gold Level Excellence in Person-Centered Care. The award was officially presented to the community this week during Planetree's annual conference in Boston. This certification recognizes Bethany Village's achievement and innovation in the delivery of person-centered care. Click here for more information.

Pictured from left, Justin Margut, Bethany Village Wellness Director & Planetree Coordinator, Jenn Caldwell, Bethany Village Move-In Coordinator & Planetree Coordinator, and Jim Kinsey, Planetree International Director of Member Experience.

Fueling Success
A Blog Post by Debbie Reed, President & CEO, Chaddock
Relationships are primary. I teach this, I preach this, and it is a core value within our organization. And yet, I still benefit from daily reminders that it is the power of human connection that fuels organizational success. It is not the policies, procedures or systems - although these provide a necessary structure within which relationships are guided. It is not the latest technology - although technology can make it easier to stay connected. It's not even the strategic direction - although such guidance can maximize the impact of relationships... for more, please click here.