Organization’s Annual Values in Action Award

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Wesley Village employees Antoinette Rossi (left) Zachary Taylor (center), Teresa Gecaj (2nd from right), and Alyssa Resnik (right). Not pictured: Graciela Lopez. (Also pictured with Aida Colon, 2nd from left – from UMH’s Middlewoods of Newington community) Photo Credit – Fred Ortoli

Wesley Village employees were recognized by United Methodist Homes (UMH) for winning the organization’s annual Values in Action Award. The award, presented at UMH’s annual Employee Recognition Celebration dinner on Oct. 8, is given in recognition of employees who have demonstrated extraordinary behavior that exemplifies the organization’s core values of Respect, Spirituality, Excellence, Collaboration, and Stewardship. All employees are eligible to be nominated and to nominate any of their team members who demonstrate these core values. One individual from each of United Methodist Homes’ six communities is chosen to receive the award. Wesley Village award recipients included: Alyssa Resnik (Crosby Commons); Graciela Lopez (Wesley Heights & Lifestyle Transitions); Antoinette Rossi, Teresa Gecaj, and Zachary Taylor (Bishop Wicke Health and Rehabilitation Center). The staff were nominated by managers and co-workers for their professionalism, positive attitudes, commitment to excellence, and the exceptional resident care they provide. They were recognized with a monetary award and a trophy and were praised by their supervisors for their outstanding character and service.


Also honored at the event were twenty-two employees who were recognized for their length of service of 10 years, 15 years, 20 years, and 25 years with United Methodist Homes.  Twenty-one UMH employees were also acknowledged for 5 years of service to the organization. Over 150 staff from all of UMH’s healthcare and senior living communities around the state attended the event, which was held at Oronoque Country Club in Stratford. United Methodist Homes, a local, mission-based not-for-profit organization based in Shelton, is proud to work with such a wonderful team of staff. For more information about our mission, vision, and values, visit our website at

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