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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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#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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Middlewoods of Farmington Employee Honored by United Methodist Homes

By: Marissa Salvesen
October 31st, 2016

Farmington, CT (Monday, October 17th) Linda Midwinter, an employee at Middlewoods of Farmington Independent and Assisted Living Community, was recently recognized by United Methodist Homes (UMH) as a winner of 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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Middlewoods of Newington Employee Honored by United Methodist Homes

By: Marissa Salvesen
October 31st, 2016

Newington, CT (Monday, October 17th) Zofia Kempna, a longtime employee at Middlewoods of Newington Independent and Assisted Living Community, was recently recognized by United Methodist Homes (UMH) as a winner of 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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Middlewoods of Farmington Residents Help to Stock the Shelves!

By: Marissa Salvesen
October 27th, 2016

Farmington, CT (October 20, 2016) - Residents and staff at Middlewoods of Farmington Assisted and Independent Living Community are getting a head-start on the holiday season this year by reaching out to their local community! Over the course of three weeks, the community served as a drop-off point for the Farmington Food Pantry and has collected three full boxes of non-perishable food items to help stock the shelves in time for the holidays, as well as several monetary donations which totaled over $100. This annual collection occurs a few times throughout the year and has aided many families in need, especially around the holidays.

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