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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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Have You Met Our Wesley Village Prayer Shawl Ministry?

By: Marissa Salvesen
April 24th, 2019

On Wednesday, March 20th our Wesley Village Prayer Shawl Ministry gathered with Chaplain Cathy Nickse and other residents and staff for the annual “Blessing of the Shawls”. During this event, dozens of hand-knit and crocheted shawls and lap robes were put on display and blessed in preparation for sharing throughout the year. Many thanks to our devoted volunteers for all their hours of time and love.

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#UMatterHere Kindness Campaign

By: Marissa Salvesen
April 24th, 2019

We recently rolled out a Random Acts of Kindness Campaign in our UMH communities and have been receiving lots of great feedback on how these simple acts of kindness are making a big difference.

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Congratulations to Our UMH Caring Hands Award Winners!

By: Marissa Salvesen
April 24th, 2019

We were thrilled to be able to honor two of our outstanding UMH caregivers at the 2nd Annual Caring Hands Award Luncheon presented by Leading Age CT on Monday, April 8th at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington. The event is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and recognize some of the many special people who work in senior care. Cheers to our team members Claudine Thermidor, a CNA at Bishop Wicke, and Tishana Myers, a CNA at our Middlewoods of Newington Community on receiving this award!  See below to read more about Claudine and Tishana…

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#UMatterHere: Cultivating our Mission, Values and People at UMH

By: Marissa Salvesen
April 25th, 2017

If you’ve visited any one of our UMH communities lately, you may have noticed some of our staff members walking around wearing a t-shirt that says #UMatterHere. “Cool,” you might be thinking, “They are doing some kind of team-building t-shirt initiative. I wonder what it’s all about.” But wait! Did you stop to ask anyone, “What’s the deal with the #UMatterHere shirts?” Probably not. It’s okay. We know you wanted to. So why is everyone wearing those shirts?

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2016 TEAM Festival of Trees and Wesley Village Craft Fair

By: Marissa Salvesen
November 3rd, 2016

SHELTON, CT –  The 13th Annual TEAM Festival of Trees and Wesley Village Craft Fair will be held on Saturday and Sunday, November 19th and 20th from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM at Wesley Village in Shelton at 580 Long Hill Avenue.  The event benefits Volunteer Caregivers at TEAM, Inc. and life-enriching programs for seniors at Wesley Village. 

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Wesley Village Staff Honored by United Methodist Homes

By: Marissa Salvesen
October 31st, 2016

Shelton, CT (Monday, October 17th) Wesley Village employees were recently recognized by United Methodist Homes (UMH) for winning the organization’s annual Values in Action Award. The award, presented at UMH’s annual Employee Recognition Celebration dinner on September 29th, is given in recognition of employees who have demonstrated extraordinary behavior that exemplifies the organization’s core values of Respect, Spirituality, Excellence, Collaboration, and Stewardship.

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