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Local Church Celebrates Resident Birthdays

Monday, June 05, 2017

Eastern Shore of Virginia was pleased to welcome the Hermitage to the area when it was first built in the 1960s, but the town of Onancock was even happier. Since Hermitage Eastern Shore is a United Methodist Church endeavor, Onancock’s Market Street United Methodist Church, were eager to help it succeed. Anne Nock, member and Hermitage Eastern Shore volunteer says the church felt the new community was an extension of their church since they are located so close to one another. From the beginning, Market Street has been a loyal and valuable connection for the community. ...Read the rest...

A Veteran's Reflection

Friday, May 26, 2017

Each person that becomes a member of one of our communities has a unique background. During their time together, team members enjoy learning about each resident’s former careers, life lessons and stories. Although some are hesitant to share deeply personal parts of their lives, we’re fortunate to have many open up and allow us to share their experiences with others. One such story comes from Jim Collins of the Hermitage Roanoke as told by social worker Mary Craddock. ...Read the rest...

A Lay Servant's Passion for the Roper Home

Friday, May 19, 2017

For years, Lay Servants of the Elizabeth River District of The United Methodist Church have assisted in bringing the word of God to the ladies of the Lydia H. Roper Home. The house was built in 1921 as a home for widows of Confederate soldiers by John L. Roper, a former Union Army Captain. Mr. Roper built the home in honor of his wife, for whom it is named. The Roper family looked after the home’s affairs for over forty years when the community was given to Virginia United Methodist Homes in 1966 in exchange for the promise that VUMH would continue to operate preserving the original mission. ...Read the rest...

A Faith Driven Life

Friday, May 12, 2017

Morgan Johnson and his wife Rosalie moved to the Hermitage Northern Virginia about seven years ago. Before coming to the D.C area, the Johnsons led a life of faith driven work as missionaries.
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Hermitage Richmond: The Role of the Community Guild

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

The Hermitage Richmond opened its doors in 1948. With the first VUMH community came the creation of the Samaritan Program. The Hermitage Guild was formed a few years later in 1950 when a call was extended for “key women” of the Virginia Conference to help support the mission of enriching the lives of older adults. Each local Methodist church was asked to name a representative to the Guild in order to keep The Hermitage in the forefront of their congregation. One of the major early undertakings of the Hermitage Guild was to raise funds for the addition of a formal chapel. The impact of the Guild continues to be strong as the organization now moves into its 67th year. ...Read the rest...

New Cedarfield Executive Director

Friday, April 21, 2017

Upon the announcement of Nancy Brechtelsbauer's retirement in December of 2016, the search for a new Cedarfield executive director was launched. After several months of searching, Virginia United Methodist Homes, Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Shaw to the position starting April 2017. ...Read the rest...

Conference Recap: Faithful Aging

Monday, April 03, 2017

The weather was unpredictable, but the passion for personal and congregational growth was strong. 175 Virginians from throughout the state braved the rain and snow to gather at Lynchburg College on March 14, 2017 for the Faithful Aging Conference. This unique educational opportunity was conceptualized by Denise Scruggs, director of the Beard Center on Aging at Lynchburg College, and Martha Stokes, director of church and community relations of Virginia United Methodist Homes, Inc. The Faithful Aging was the first statewide, faith-based conference of its type addressing opportunities related to an aging congregation and meeting the needs of older members, inside and outside the walls of our faith communities.  ...Read the rest...

Faithful Aging Conference

Friday, January 27, 2017

Virginia United Methodist Homes, Inc. is proud to present Virginia's first statewide, faith-based conference on aging in conjunction with The Beard Center on Aging at Lynchburg College. This conference will address opportunities related to an aging congregation, and will present ideas about meeting the needs of older members, including those with dementia, inside and outside the walls of our faith communities. ...Read the rest...

Hermitage Richmond: Volunteers retire after a combined 53 years of service

Friday, December 16, 2016

On Wednesday, December 14, Ann Jeter and Pat Pospahala arrived at The Hermitage in Richmond for their last volunteer shift. For Ann, she had spent the last 38 years of Wednesdays at the Hermitage and for Pat, the last 15 years. ...Read the rest...

Team raises funds for Alzheimer's Association.

Friday, December 02, 2016

The WindsorMeade Walkers launched a fall fundraising campaign to raise money for the Alzheimer's Association. There were 71 teams participating in the Williamsburg Walk with approximately 600 participants. The Southeastern Virginia Chapter had a total of 482 teams. The WindsorMeade team had 75 registered participants, which was the largest in the Southeastern Virginia Chapter.  ...Read the rest...

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