Members of six German Evangelical Churches in Western New York formed the United
Church Home Society in 1877. They wanted to help older adults find appropriate housing.
Their first project was the United Church Home at Forks, New York, which was a residential
care facility for 25 seniors. In 1954, the property was sold and the United Church Home
relocated to Buffalo, New York. The new building housed 70 residents. In 1976, the
Samaritan Wing was completed, increasing the total capacity to 148 residents.
To address the health care needs of seniors, the United Church Home Society in 1976
purchased the Hilltop Nursing Home in Gasport, New York. The United Church Colony
Homes Corporation was formed to continue the skilled nursing care services provided for
patients and to offer a continuum of care for residents at the United Church Home.
In 1985, the Society set out to build a government-subsidized project to provide affordable
housing. By 1987, United Church Manor was opened in West Seneca, New York, to provide
49 units of housing for low-income seniors and persons with disabilities.
During its history, the United Church Home has provided a range of services, including
short-term respite care, senior outreach services, and a special care unit for residents with
dementia that closed in 2003. In 2004, one of the organization's subsidiaries, Orchard Park
CCRC Inc., announced it would build a new senior living community, Fox Run, to expand
the United Church Home's services even further. This dream became reality at the end of
2007 when Fox Run at Orchard Park welcomed its first residents.
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