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By: Marissa Salvesen on May 12th, 2016

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Crosby Commons Resident Recognized for Distinguished Accomplishment

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Crosby Commons resident recognized by CALA(Shelton, CT – May 9, 2016) Jim Nies, a resident of Crosby Commons Independent and Assisted Living Community, was recently recognized by the Connecticut Assisted Living Association (CALA) with the Distinguished Resident Accomplishment Award, an award which honors the distinguished service and accomplishments of senior living residents. Nies, along with twenty residents from other senior living communities across the state, was nominated to receive this prestigious award because of his extraordinary example of aging and his exceptional contributions to the community.

“Jim is really an amazing individual,” shared Lori Pisani, Executive Director of Crosby Commons. “At the age of 96, he still drives, travels, volunteers and remains as active as ever.” Jim is not afraid to try new things and never lets technology intimidate him. He offers his experience as a mechanical engineer to implement new projects within the community and his genuine concern for his fellow residents is evident at all times. “Having Jim as a resident in our community is a pleasure. We are thrilled to be able to honor him in this way,” said Pisani.

The First Annual Resident Accomplishment Awards luncheon was held at Wesley Village (Shelton, CT) on Wednesday, April 27th for all honorees and their guests. Awards were presented by CALA Board Chair, Randy Phillips, with opening remarks made by CALA President, Christopher Carter, and a welcome address offered by Peter Belval, Vice President of Wesley Village Operations. Carlene Rhea, Director of Mission Development for Wesley Village/United Methodist Homes and First Vice President of CALA, extended her thanks to everyone who attended this very special event and best wishes to all the honorees. “CALA is honored and delighted to acknowledge and recognize the inspiring residents who live in our many communities. Each and every one of them is the reason we all come to work each day. They represent an outstanding group of people,” stated Rhea.

The Connecticut Assisted Living Association (CALA) is a trade association which represents the Assisted Living industry in Connecticut. CALA’s mission is to promote the growth of Assisted Living in the state including the development, marketing and operation of communities. CALA provides education and training while fostering ethical standards and the best business practices. CALA also serves as a legislative advocate and information resource for its members. For more information about the Connecticut Assisted Living Association (CALA), please visit www.ctassistedliving.com.

Wesley Village is a campus of senior living and care communities including Crosby Commons Independent/Assisted Living Community, Wesley Heights Independent/Assisted Living Apartments and Cottages, Lifestyle Transitions Memory Care, and Bishop Wicke Health and Rehabilitation Center. The campus, located at 580 Long Hill Avenue in Shelton, is owned and operated by United Methodist Homes (UMH), a local, mission-based, not-for- profit organization serving all members of the community. To learn more about the continuum of care offered at Wesley Village or the mission of UMH, please visit www.wesleyvillage-ct.org or contact Lisa Bisson at 203-225- 5024.

Photo Caption: Crosby Commons resident Jim Nies, center, poses for an award photo with Crosby staff and his daughter Cynthia Charles (2 nd from left). Crosby staff: Executive Director, Lori Pisani (far left); Activities Director, Kelly Coppola (2 nd from right); and Receptionist, Bonnie Tormay (far right).

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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