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By: Marissa Salvesen on October 31st, 2016

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Wesley Village Staff Honored by United Methodist Homes


Wesley village senior living communityShelton, 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. All employees are eligible to be nominated and to nominate any of their team members who demonstrate these core values. One individual from each of United Methodist Homes’ six communities is chosen to receive the award. Wesley Village award recipients included: Hector Velez (Crosby Commons); Angelo Costantini (Wesley Heights & Lifestyle Transitions); Beth Cairone, John DiPoalo, and Angela Gaites (Bishop Wicke Health and Rehabilitation Center); and Victoria Dompierre (UMH). The staff were nominated by managers and co-workers for their professionalism, positive attitudes, commitment to excellence, and the exceptional resident care they provide. They were recognized with a monetary award and a trophy and were praised by their supervisors for their outstanding character and service.


Also honored at the event were thirty-three employees who were recognized for their length of service of 10 years, 15 years, 20 years, and 25 years with United Methodist Homes.  Seventeen UMH employees were also acknowledged for 5 years of service to the organization. Over 160 staff from all of UMH’s healthcare and senior living communities around the state attended the event, which was held at Mill River Country Club in Stratford. United Methodist Homes, a local, mission-based not-for-profit organization based in Shelton, is proud to work with such a wonderful team of staff. For more information about the mission, vision, and values of UMH, visit


Photo Caption: From (L to R): John Dipoalo, Zofia Kempna (Middlewoods), Victoria Dompierre, Beth Cairone, Hector Velez, Linda Midwinter (Middlewoods), and Angela Gaites. Not pictured is Angelo Costantini. (Wesley Village award winners are also pictured with members of UMH’s Middlewoods communities.)

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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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