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Marissa Salvesen

By: Marissa Salvesen on June 17th, 2015

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Faithful Stewards... A Closer Look at the People Who Make the Mission of UMH Possible

Faithful Stewards


Virginia_WareUMH is so grateful for the support of donors like Virginia Ware. Virginia has been a faithful financial supporter of our organization, contributing to our annual fund and participating in numerous capital campaigns throughout the years. 

Not only giving of her treasure in these ways, Virginia, a longstanding volunteer of 18+ years, also gives of her time. One of her volunteer efforts on behalf of our residents serves a critical need; that of running our resident Village Store at our Wesley Heights community.

Spend some time at the Village Store, and this is what you will find: Tissue, soap, toothpaste, candy, cards, stamps….it is all there! And if it is not, Virginia will take your special order and go shopping for you. It is readily apparent that it is more than a need for a new toothbrush that brings customers in; it is Virginia herself!  With a twinkle in her eye, she dispenses goods, compliments, advice and acts of kindness. She is the heart and soul of that little corner in Wesley Heights.  Virginia appreciates the fact that residents like to shop and they like their independence maintained for as long as possible. She says, “This is my chosen place to try to make a difference.” 

And that you have, Virginia; you have shown us all how to be a faithful steward.  The giving of your time, your talent and your treasure makes it easy for all of us to see a steward among us. We invite YOU to follow Virginia’s lead and become a steward of the United Methodist Homes mission today!

About Marissa Salvesen

My journey into the world of senior living began when I started working for United Methodist Homes in 2010. Starting as an Activities Director at one of our-winning assisted and independent living communities and then transitioning to Marketing and Promotions Manager for UMH, I now work as the Manager of Mission Development, fostering the Mission and Values of our organization. I love sharing stories about the many ways we build meaningful relationships and enrich the lives of those we serve, and am proud to be part of building UMH’s 140-year legacy of caring. Wondering what makes our communities such special places to live and work? Connect with me and find out!

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