In 1907, a committee of women appointed by the New Brunswick District Preachers corresponded with pastors and members of the Methodist Episcopal churches of Monmouth County about the importance of establishing a home for the aged. The challenge was taken up by the congregation of St. Paul’s Methodist Episcopal Church in Ocean Grove, led by the Rev. and Mrs. Henry Wheeler. The first home of what was to become the United Methodist Communities of New Jersey was purchased and opened on January 3, 1907 with six residents at 63 Clark Avenue in Ocean Grove. The dedication service was conducted on July 24 when Bishop Luther B. Wilson preached the dedicatory sermon.
From this humble beginning the United Methodist Communities has become what it is today -– a national model for senior care with 10 communities. Throughout its long history, the United Methodist Communities has remained true to its Wesleyan values and heritage while reaching beyond Methodism to serve residents and associates of all faith backgrounds. Our religiously diverse population adds richness to our communities.
Our Mission, Vision, and Values speak to our commitment to residents and associates.
United Methodist Communities
Following in the footsteps of Christ
Compassionately serving in community so that all are free to choose abundant life
Growing through creativity, innovation and gracious hospitality
Demonstrating love in our daily interactions
Seeing and valuing sacred worth
Faithfully managing the resources entrusted to us
Finding joy in caring
Directors of Mission and Pastoral Care at each of our five full-service communities work to bring spiritual fulfillment and guidance to each resident regardless of their religious beliefs. Bible studies, visiting pastors, services, and communion are just part of the spiritual offerings available at United Methodist Communities. Each of our senior housing communities has a close relationship with a sponsoring church. These churches were instrumental in establishing our senior housing communities and are a resource for the spiritual lives of residents.