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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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Bishop Wicke Intern Inspires the Community

By: Marissa Salvesen
October 4th, 2016

Shelton, CT (September 15, 2016) - When asked their thoughts about intern, Alex Capobianco, patients and residents at Bishop Wicke Health and Rehabilitation Center can’t help but share their adoration. The whole building lights up when he makes his way around and greets the residents. “He is very pleasant,” says resident, Shirley Conway. “He always has a smile.”

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Community News Highlights…from UMH

By: Marissa Salvesen
September 28th, 2016

The summer months were busy months at our UMH communities! But before we jump into the much-loved season of pumpkin spice, let's take a quick look at some of the exciting news that came out of our award-winning senior living communities this summer....

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Family Day Fiesta at Middlewoods of Newington

By: Marissa Salvesen
September 6th, 2016

(Newington, CT) August 29th, 2016 – Staff, residents, family members and friends of Middlewoods of Newington Independent and Assisted Living Community gathered together for a Family Day fiesta on Saturday, August 13th . The annual Family Day event, coordinated by the Middlewoods team, features a different theme each year and is a celebration of family and friendship within the community. This year’s fiesta included a Mexican buffet prepared by the Middlewoods dining services team and entertainment by Fiesta Del Norte, a strolling mariachi band. Festivities also included a margarita stand, plenty of sombreros, and an appearance by the Middlewoods mascot, Woody the Bear.

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Independent/Assisted Living & Memory Care Open House at Wesley Village

By: Marissa Salvesen
September 2nd, 2016

Shelton, CT (September 1, 2016) - Join us for an Independent/Assisted Living and Memory Care Open House at Wesley Village on Sunday, September 18th, from 1:00 – 3:00 pm. Tours of Wesley Heights Independent Living Cottages, Assisted Living Apartments and Lifestyle Transitions Memory Care will be available. Wesley Heights is located on the Wesley Village Senior Living Campus at 580 Long Hill Avenue in Shelton.

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Middlewoods of Farmington Residents Celebrate Teleflora’s 16th Annual Make Someone Smile Week

By: Marissa Salvesen
August 23rd, 2016

Farmington, CT (August 11, 2016) - Residents at Middlewoods of Farmington Independent and Assisted Living Community were surprised by Be Happy Bouquets as part of Teleflora’s 16th Annual Make Someone Smile Week, July 17-23. The bouquets were delivered on Wednesday, July 20th, by Farmington’s Haworth’s Flowers & Gifts. “It was such a special surprise for our residents,” said Katie Mauriello, Executive Director at Middlewoods of Farmington. “They were thrilled to receive the bouquets. Many, many thanks to Teleflora, Haworth’s and the many other florists and distributors who donated their time and resources in this great effort.”

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Middlewoods of Farmington Resident Receives Award from Quilts that Care

By: Marissa Salvesen
August 9th, 2016

Farmington, CT (August 3, 2016) - Middlewoods of Farmington resident, Lee Pappas, received an award, Thursday, July 21, 2016, from Quilts that Care, a charitable organization focused on providing hope and support to cancer patients. The award was presented at Middlewoods by Quilts that Care founder, Deb Van Steenbergen, and given in recognition of the thousands of hand-cut fabric squares Pappas had contributed for quilt projects. Currently the group is distributing quilts to 11 cancer centers.

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