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By: Marissa Salvesen on July 2nd, 2015

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Middlewoods of Newington Wins Connecticut Assisted Living Association Awards for Outstanding Resident Service

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Middlewoods of Newington Wins Connecticut Assisted Living Association Awards(Newington, CT) June 30, 2015 - Middlewoods of Newington is once again the proud recipient of two Connecticut Assisted Living Association Awards (CALA) for outstanding resident service.

Housekeeper, Aida Colon and Chef Manager, Loretta Ward were honored at CALA’s Annual Resident Service Awards held at The Water’s Edge Resort and Spa in Westbrook on Friday, June 19th.

Aida Colon began her career with Middlewoods of Newington as a part time/per diem CNA. Since then, she has become the community’s full time housekeeper and has made a significant impact on synergizing the two departments. She was nominated for her teamwork, collaboration, cooperation, and compassionate care, which has noticeably and positively impacted the building, the staff and most importantly, the residents.

Loretta Ward, having worked at Middlewoods of Newington since 2004 and now at Middlewoods of Farmington since January of this year, has taken the opportunity to make a real difference in both buildings. She has a personal mantra, “whatever is best for the residents” and she lives this mantra far past her duties as Chef Manager.  She was nominated for the many ways she makes a true difference in the lives of the residents she serves and the staff she works side by side with – setting the tone and being a living example of the mission, vision and values of the organization.

Middlewoods of Newington is located at 2125 Main Street in Newington and offers independent and assisted living with a long tradition of award-winning care and service. The community is owned and operated by UMH, a local, mission-based, not-for-profit organization based in Shelton, Connecticut.  For more information about the community or to schedule a tour, please contact Kathy Braga at 860-667-1336 or visit www.middlewoodsofnewington.org.

Photo Caption: Middlewoods of Newington staff members pose for a photo at the CALA Annual Resident Service Awards at The Water’s Edge Resort and Spa in Westbrook, Friday, June 19th.

To read the nomination submitted on behalf of Aida Colon, please click here:

To read the nomination submitted on behalf of Loretta Ward, please click here:


Contact: Marissa Salvesen
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Wesley Village, 203.225.5021, msalvesen@umh.org

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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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