A major differentiator that sets us apart from our for-profit competitors is that our Board of Directors and corporate leadership are guided by our sense of mission and our core values, and not by investors seeking dividends. Earnings that exceed our expenses go back into developing, maintaining and expanding our ministry. Our mission of compassionately serving in community so that all are free to choose abundant life and our core values of compassion, respect, stewardship and service, guide our decision-making and the care that we provide.
A second differentiator is that we believe supporting individuals’ spiritual and religious practices with chaplains who are trained to provide ecumenical and interfaith spiritual care creates opportunities for abundant living. Further, we are committed to demonstrating our values daily. Our values statements don’t just hang on the wall and gather dust. We constantly work at weaving our values into the fabric of our ministry, so that they are an authentic expression of who we are and how we deliver care. Choosing United Methodist Communities makes a difference.
We value spiritual care, respect residents’ religious background or lack thereof, and support residents’ emotional, spiritual and religious needs and preferences as part of offering opportunities for abundant living.
Full-time Directors of Mission and Pastoral Care or Staff Chaplains in each of our full-service communities offer a wide-ranging selection of religious services and pastoral support to all of our residents, clients, volunteers, visitors and associates as needed or desired.
Mission Teams in each of our communities encourage our associates’ investment in our mission and values and enhance residents’ sense of purpose by offering meaningful outreach ministries.
While we proudly celebrate our Wesleyan heritage, we do not discriminate and seek to be communities where all persons experience compassion and respect and find opportunities to live their lives to the fullest. We embrace our United Methodist values of hospitality and inclusion by welcoming persons of all faith backgrounds, as well as those who do not identify with a religious tradition or spirituality.
As a result, we are a diverse community, where many ethnic traditions, races and religious traditions are reflected in our residents, clients and associates. While roughly one third of our independent and assisted living residents are United Methodist, fully two thirds of our residents represent diverse ecumenical and interfaith traditions.
We do what we do, not because we are offering a “product,” but because we are called by God to make a difference in the lives of others; specifically our residents and their families, our volunteers, visitors and vendors, each other as UMC associates, and the cities, towns, and areas that our residential communities serve.
At the heart of our calling is Jesus’ proclamation, “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10, RSV). We provide compassionate service in community not so that our residents can merely exist or that we can just bring home a paycheck. We do it so that we can all thrive and experience the fullness in life which Jesus affirmed is God’s intention for us.