UMA Members Respond to Hurricane Matthew

We ask for your prayers for our member communities that have been affected by the threat and impact of the powerful hurricane Matthew, which pounded the U.S. Eastern coast on Friday, October 7.

Member community Magnolia Manor with three communities on the Georgia coast, reportedly safely evacuated 370 residents to family or other facilities. They ultimately moved 110 skilled nursing residents and disbursed them among three other campuses. Many of their independent living residents opened their homes and spare bedrooms to share.

Steve Vinson, Sr. V.P. for Communications at Magnolia Manor praised his staff for going above and beyond in their efforts in the crisis.

“I’m in awe of how our staff has stepped up and responded,” he said as they continue to monitor weather conditions and the impact on their two Florida communities.

Florida United Methodist Children’s Home, located in Enterprise, FL, closed two cottages in preparation for the hurricane. Residents were moved from the closed cottages to buildings on the main campus. Four cottages lost power when a tree fell on the power line.

Ray Barr, Director of Quality Assurance for the home, explained the conditions on campus, “We have not completed a full assessment, but there is no other obvious damage to buildings. No injuries. God is good.”

As the east coast continues to be effected by this massive storm, please keep residents of this area in your prayers. UMA has asked the communities to keep our staff posted on how we can help.