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Little Known Treasures in the Southern California Nevada Conference

by Rev. Jane Fisler Hoffman

     The Retirement Housing Foundation (RHF) is part of the UCC Council for Health and Human Services Ministries, a relationship that requires the organization to be in covenant with the Conference where its headquarters is located.  Living out that covenant, RHF and CEO Rev. Dr. Laverne Joseph are active supporters of the Conference and the national United Church of Christ.  Next year RHF will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its founding by several SCNC UCC pastors.

      RHF claims as its mission “to provide various housing options and services for older adults, low income families and persons with disabilities, in an environment which enhances their quality of life—physically, mentally and spiritually.”  To carry out that mission, RHF has developed 159 communities in numerous states as well as in the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U. S. Virgin Islands.  Sixty of these communities are in the state of California.  One of those in downtown Los Angeles is the beautiful Angelus Plaza, the largest federally funded low income housing facility in the country.

      Local churches need to know is that occasionally RHF partners with local congregations which have available land on or near their property to build low income housing.  Such possibilities may be explored by contacting RHF.

     A unique aspect of RHF through the leadership of Dr. Joseph was its recent decision to create a matching fund in support of UCC relief ministries following the Haiti earthquake.  The board, staff and friends of RHF gave to the fund and a total of more than $40,000 was presented to Ms. Foai Tanuvasa, the SCNC representative to our Wider Church Ministries Board and me, as Interim Conference Minister.

      This year, Dr. Laverne R. Joseph received Aging Services of California’s (ASC’s) highest award, the Award of Honor, at its annual conference held at the Westin Hotel in Long Beach, California.  The Award of Honor recognizes an individual who has made a unique and/or exceptional contribution to Aging Services. Aging Services of California is the leading advocate for quality nonprofit senior living and care in the state. The public-interest association represents more than 400 nonprofit providers of aging services – including affordable housing, continuing care retirement communities, assisted living, skilled nursing and home and community-based care – that collectively serve more than 100,000 seniors.

      Dr. Joseph has been the President and CEO of RHF since 1987, having previously served on its National Board of Directors.  He was recognized for his leadership and advocacy efforts at the state level with ASC efforts that demonstrate his 35-year dedication to the area of housing and services for the aging.

Click here to learn more about RHF’s 50 Year Celebration

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