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2012 Annual Gathering Report from Retirement Housing Foundation

     The mission of RHF (Retirement Housing Foundation), a national nonprofit organization, is 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. RHF is committed to serving its residents and their local communities.

     Retirement Housing Foundation (RHF) was incorporated on March 17, 1961, so this annual report is produced as we celebrate RHF’s 51st anniversary of Serving Today Embracing Tomorrow. 

     We remember our very modest beginnings. 

     Two United Church of Christ (UCC) clergy, Rev. Clark Harshfield and Rev. Reinhold Klein, together with rancher/farmer/businessman Steve Pilibos were the incorporators.  The Plymouth Foundation of the Southern California UCC Conference provided $5,000 and Mr. Pilibos another $2,000.  The Benevolent Association of the Evangelical and Reformed Church (E&R) in Southern California provided an additional $35,000. (The UCC came into being in 1957 when the Congregational Christian Churches and the E&R Churches merged.) 

     The launch was modest, but the vision was big.  By the time of this publication RHF has grown to 167 communities in 25 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. 

     41 of our communities are located in the SCNC-UCC representing 40 apartments for the mobility impaired, 472 affordable family apartments, 3,577 affordable senior apartments, 924 senior residential apartments, 200 assisted living units and 147 skilled nursing beds.

Highlights from 2011 include;

– Our mission continues to grow. We welcomed Pilgrim Manor (Grand Rapids, Michigan), a licensed assisted living/skilled nursing community, into the RHF family. We began construction of College Villas Apartments (Henderson, Nevada), a 226-unit tax credit community for older adults.
– As of May 1, 2012 we are happy to welcome Congregational Tower, sponsored by Community Congregational UCC in Chula Vista, into the RHF family.

– We received funding for The Whittier, a 60-unit Tax Credit family community in the city of Los Angeles. We plan to break ground in the early summer of 2012. 

     The RHF Foundation continues to be approved as a Combined Federal Campaign member, which makes it easier for federal employees to make a donation to us through payroll deduction and/or check. RHF continues to work with the conferences of the UCC, CHHSM, and ecumenically with other churches, as well as cities, counties, states, service clubs, and national organizations. Since our founding, we have grown to become one of the nation’s largest nonprofit sponsors and managers of affordable housing for seniors, low income families and persons with disabilities.

     For more information about RHF or to find out how you can help, please contact Chris Ragon, Communications Director at 562-257-5131 or chris.ragon@rhf.org. Our website address is www.rhf.org. Toll-free voicemail 877-937-4743.

Other Reports:

Report of the Conference Board of Directors Chair

Report of the Executive Associate Conference Minister

Report of the Associate Conference Minister for Church Relations

Report of the Associate Conference Minister for Border and Latino Ministries

Report of the Youth Ministry Coordinator

Report of the Young Adult Ministry Coordinator

Report of the Outdoor Ministry Team

Report from the Joint Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)/United Church of Christ Global Ministry Committee

Report from Retirement Housing Foundation

Report from Peppermint Ridge

Report from Pilgrim Place


3 Responses to “2012 Annual Gathering Report from Retirement Housing Foundation”
  1. Vicki Aday says:

    September 10, 2012
    The management at Mayflower Gardens Retirement Community is ‘top heavy’. Save money by cutting office staff. The ammenities for the “Market Rate” for this community is outdated. Update landscape with “water wise grounds”, attract humming birds / butterflies with drought tolerant plants and do not assume tenants want to garden by their apartment. Handicapp Access is disregarded here. This retirement community resturant has issues with roaches. Swamp coolers for the average age tenant here is a hazard, he was dead for two weeks at Mayflower Gardens (RHF) Lancaster CA.
    The staff and maintenance management lacks accountabiliy ( they must manage 81 buildings and the tenants need to be paitent….).

    Vicki Aday, Tenant

  2. Vicki Aday says:

    Elderly Tenants need respect

  3. Vicki Aday says:

    the above comments were submitted Sept 10, 2012 8:00pm

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