About Us

Embracing Faith We’re a faith-based organization.

While closely aligned with the United Church of Christ, our over 100-year heritage has deep roots with its predecessors, most notably, the Evangelical and Reformed denomination. Like today’s United Church of Christ, we believe human dignity is a right, and we honor each other and the unique gifts each person offers the World. All people are welcome to our communities, and we celebrate each life journey. As part of our faith-based commitment, we’re proud members of the Council for Health and Human Service Ministry (CHHSM), an association of health and human service organizations and programs recognized as an expression of the ministry and mission of the United Church of Christ.

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As CHHSM members, we believe:

Board of Directors

Embrace Living Communities Corporate & Charities Board of Directors
  • Scott Meyer
  • Susan Sinderson
  • Anne Oliva
  • Ruth Carlson
  • Bonnie Condon
  • William Hassett
  • Karen Latimer
  • Tonya Pitts
  • Jim Sellers
  • Kay Tracy
  • Irv Woods
Embrace Living Communities - Apostle Village (Brandon, FL) Board of Directors
  • Mary Greenwood McDermott
  • Kathy Hockemeyer
  • Susan Sinderson
  • Rev. Jim Page II
  • Dan Runge
  • Joel Rentz
  • Richard Vasquez
Embrace Living Communities - Bayonet Point Area Housing, Inc. (Port Richey, FL) Board of Directors
  • Irv Woods
  • Susan Sinderson
  • Wesley Bixby
  • James Crumel
  • Harry Hobson
  • Nancy Hobson
  • Deb Metheny Hayes
  • Barbara Shaver
  • Dale Woodling
Embrace Living Communities - Illinois Housing Board of Directors
  • Rev. Bonnie Condon
  • Susan Sinderson
  • Nathan Briggs
  • Nichole Edmonds
  • Rev. Jesse Knox
  • Todd Thorson
Embrace Living Communities - Illinois Housing Boards - Rockford Board of Directors
  • Susan Sinderson
  • Rev. Bonnie Condon
  • Todd Thorson
  • Nathan Briggs
  • Nichole Edmonds
  • Rev. Jesse Knox
Embrace Living Communities - Bethel Area Housing & Bethel Area Housing South Board of Directors
  • Hance Pierson
  • Susan Sinderson
  • Patricia Armstrong
  • Vernon Bohlmeyer
  • Don Eversmeyer
  • Mary Guevel
  • Jeannie Kenyon
  • Shirlee Mendon

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Iris Berg

Senior Director of Social Service & Quality
John Diehl

Senior Director, Housing Operations
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Ed Havlovic

Director of Plant Operations
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Anne Oliva

Executive Vice President & Chief Finance Officer
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David Opitz

Senior Director of Mission Services
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Susan Sinderson

Executive Vice President

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Consulting Services

Our US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and senior living experts offer short-term consulting services to senior and disabled housing organizations in the Midwest and beyond.

Consulting Services include:

  • Management & Employee Operations Assessment
  • Social Service Program Assessment
  • Workforce Engagement Assessment & Plan Development
  • Workforce Policies, Procedures and Culture Development Planning
  • Organizational Strategic Planning
Speakers Bureau Program

Our executive leaders are available to speak as part of the Embrace Living Communities Speaker Bureau Program as well.

Topic areas include:

  • How to create respectful team communication.
  • Replacing employee evaluations to drive employee engagement.
  • Igniting passion for a generational workforce.
  • Exploring and deploying team values.
  • Preparing for a “REAC” inspection.
  • Fair Housing and Non-Discrimination Policies for housing practices.
  • New-age leadership development.
  • Assessing federal housing program compliance and guidelines.

For more information about our Embrace Living Communities Speaker Bureau Program,
contact Susan Sinderson, EVP, at ssinderson@embraceliving.org.

Service Coordinator Program

The Embrace Living Communities Service Coordinator Program consists of dedicated social service personnel that provide valuable information and referrals to residents and their families regarding supportive services that can maintain resident independence successfully, allowing them to live in their home for as long as possible.

As part of our Service Coordinator Program, service coordinators:


Management services include:

  • Work with community managers to plan and provide educational programs and connect
    people with resources that promote healthy living, wellness and independence

    • Types of programs include: (more information below)
    • Health related services
    • Quality of life support & workshops
    • Financial education programs
    • Community volunteering and outreach
    • Special programs
    • Documentation review services
  • Help residents locate necessary services that will prevent or greatly reduce premature
    admission to institutionalized care
  • Advocate for residents and the community
  • Inform residents on important housing and medical documents
  • Empower residents to advocate for themselves
Health Related Services
  • Osteoporosis screenings
  • Eye Health screenings
  • Diabetes screenings
  • Cholesterol screenings
  • Blood pressure screenings
  • H.I.V screenings
  • Safe sex forums
  • Mental health services
  • Substance abuse referrals
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Speech therapy
  • Comprehensive care management
Quality of Life Support & Workshops
  • Homemaker assistance
  • Home health aid adult day care
  • Incontinent supplies
  • Medical equipment procurement
  • On-Site bookmobile library
  • Fire safety workshop
  • On-Site fresh markets
Financial Education Programs
  • CEDA/LIHEAP assistance
  • Lifeline assistance program
  • Renters insurance program
  • Cable services
Community Culture & Volunteer Outreach
  • Monthly birthday celebrations
  • Monthly resident meeting
  • Movie days
  • Weekly exercise classes
  • Games (bingo, cards, etc)
  • Gardening program
  • Beauty / Personal care services
  • Resident volunteer program
  • Musical and theatrical events
  • Special events
Special Programs
  • Emergency ID bracelets
  • Commodities supplemental food program
  • Food pantry program
  • Senior health insurance program
  • Meals on wheels
Documentation Review Services
  • RTA / CTA Para - transit assistance
  • Public assistance & food stamps
  • Medicaid renewal
  • Medicaid renewal

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Employment & Volunteer Opportunities

Our team consists of professionals that care unconditionally for others. Compassion for others is not something that our employees turn on once they come to work, but rather it’s a passion that influences everything they do that moves our organization forward each day. Our employees are apart of a 130+ person family built on teamwork and respect. And, just like our residents, employees are embraced at every step. We invite you to learn more about working and volunteering at Embrace Living Communities.

Our History

Our organization has a storied history dating back over 120 years. We’ve evolved with the times in order to give people a quality and safe place to call home. It hasn’t always been easy, but we’ve always done what is right for those we serve and God.