2018 Graceworks Lutheran Services
Annual Report

“If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. Old things have passed away. Behold, all things have become new!” – 2 Corinthians 5:17. As Graceworks Lutheran Services builds upon our nine-decade legacy of faithful caring, we also celebrate 2018 as a year of new beginnings. While we are shaped by past experiences, we are strengthened by the new places, experiences, and relationships we forged across every one of our programs and services. Graceworks does not stand alone in our identity and commitment as faithful Christians. We are blessed with many congregations, donors, staff, volunteers and friends who support our ministry. We thank them and recognize many of their commitments through this annual report.

Programs Spotlight

Love Thy Neighbor

A Bond of Friendship and Acceptance

When a group of developmentally disabled men moved into a comfortable southern Ohio neighborhood, nobody was sure what to expect. The Graceworks Enhanced Living residents and staff wondered whether they would be accepted. The neighbors were uncertain about the unknown. But all reservations vanished when the Graceworks men opened their house – and their hearts – to their neighbors.


Making New Connections

A World of New Possibilities

When the residents of Graceworks Luther Community open their doors to Bellefontaine High School students every month, they also gain access to a whole new universe of information. Through a groundbreaking, collaborative program, the DECA students teach their willing pupils technological skills that help connect them to family and friends and give them confidence in a digital world.


Caring and Style

Assisted Living, Re-imagined

With the Grand Opening of Crescent Crossing on the horizon, Bethany Village has set a new standard for comfort and accessibility. But for the seniors who will live there, the building provides more than modern amenities and conveniences. It gives them an opportunity to live life at its fullest, regardless of limitations.


Making Great Grades

Getting Well. Staying Well.

Statistics show that patients rehabilitating from an injury or surgery with home health care go back to the hospital less than others. Recent survey numbers from confirm that Graceworks at Home (4.5 out of 5 stars) continues to be a leader in the industry in both low re-admission numbers and patient satisfaction. Our goal is that rehabilitation patients with Graceworks at Home get well and stay well.


Read Other 2018 News Stories

2018 Financials

Listed below are the financials for the 12 months ending December 31, 2018. Financial information is based on unaudited financial data compiled by the staff of Graceworks Lutheran Services. An independent accounting firm will complete an audit and prepare detailed financial statements and an independent auditor’s report for the Board of Directors. Copies of the audited financial statements will be available upon request after May 31, 2019. Financial data relating to Graceworks Lutheran Services has been combined with data of several affiliates including Graceworks Enhanced Living, Graceworks Housing Services entities, Graceworks at Home, and Bethany Commons at Yankee Trace. All numbers are shown in thousands.


Revenue $69,132

Resident Fees
Government Revenues
Service Fees

Expense $74,111

General Operating
Administrative Support

Other Income/(Loss) ($1,276)

Bequests and Contributions1
Investment Loss
United Way
Loss on Sale of Assets

Balance Sheet

Net Assets
  1. Includes temporarily restricted gifts of $49 for the Benevolent Care Fund.
  2. Short-term and long-term indebtedness totals $18,396 and is secured by specific Graceworks Housing Services facilities. This is not a direct obligation and cannot be charged against other assets of Graceworks Lutheran Services.

Uncompensated Charity Care

Every day Graceworks Lutheran Services lives its vision by supporting people who are experiencing challenging or changing circumstances. Helping individuals of all faiths experience dignity and wholeness has been our driving force for over 90 years. Through our residential and community care services, we provided over $5.4 million of uncompensated charity care that was not reimbursed by user fees or government funding.

Medicaid Provider deficit – Long-term Healthcare
Medicare Provider deficit – Long-term Healthcare
Benevolent Care Benefits subsidy
Independent/Assisted Living
Community Care Programs subsidy
Graceworks Enhanced Living subsidy
Graceworks Housing Services subsidy
Total Uncompensated Charity Care
tablular data

Meet the Board of Directors


2018 Board of Directors
Front row (L-R): T. Jones, D. Watts Robinson, D. Kimpel, S. Beals, K. Loudermilk, A. Astbury, S. Krumm Back row (L-R): J. Shailer, G. Mayeux, T. Petrovic, B. Strobel, K. Nels, E. High, J. Teeters, M. Feuer, S. Sutermeister Not pictured: M. Adams
2018 Executive Team
Pictured L-R: Rev. James V. Bosse, Jackie A. D'Aurora, Judy A. Budi, Willis O. Serr II, David V. Vandercher, Michael W. Allen

On March 3, 2019 Judy Budi became the eighth CEO in Graceworks’ history. Willis O. Serr II retired after more than 30 years of employment with Graceworks.

Board of Directors

Mary G. Adams

Arthur A. Astbury

Sally D. Beals

Mark S. Feuer

Dr. Eric A. High

Tawana S. Jones, Provisional Nonvoting Member

Diane M. Kimpel

Shawn M. Krumm

Dr. M. Katherine Loudermilk

J. Gregory Mayeux

Kevin S. Nels

Thomas R. Petrovic

Debbie Watts Robinson

Rev. John “Jay” S. Shailer

Brent A. Strobel

Steven R. Sutermeister

Jeffrey R. Teeters

Executive Committee

Jeffrey R. Teeters, Board Chair

Sally D. Beals, Board Vice Chair

Debbie Watts Robinson, Board Secretary

Arthur A. Astbury

Mark S. Feuer

Dr. Eric A. High

Thomas R. Petrovic

Nominating Committee

Debbie Watts Robinson, Chair

James Anderson

Sally Beals

David Wickham

Rev. Charlie Woodward

Audit & Investment Committee

Brent Strobel, Chair

Arthur Astbury

David Glitsch

Alan Grodrian

Stephen Hoffsis

J. Gregory Mayeux

Thomas Petrovic

Steven Sutermeister

Ethics Committee

Dr. Donald Clark

Margaret Cothern

Thomas Kahle

Diane Kimpel

Rev. John Mittermaier

Dr. Paul Nelson

Bonnie Parish

Robert Reichard

Diane Welborn


Willis O. Serr II, President & CEO

Michael W. Allen, Vice President, Finance & Facilities

Rev. James V. Bosse, Vice President, Community & Organizational Care

Judy A. Budi, Vice President, Residential Care

Jackie A. D’Aurora, Vice President, Marketing & Public Relations

David V. Vandercher, Vice President, Human Resources

Donors and Volunteers

A strong foundation inspires us to build for the future, and our success continues to rise as long as our people lift us up. Graceworks Lutheran Services can only thrive with the generosity of others, and on a daily basis, we are blessed as kind-hearted people continue to give their time, talents, and resources. Because of their compassionate acts, selfless service, and meaningful gifts, our people make our success possible.


We are grateful for the generosity of our donors. The list includes all cash gifts actually received by Graceworks Lutheran Services during 2018 for all programs. We also appreciate those who gave gifts-in-kind or designated contributions through United Way and the Combined Federal Campaign. We thank other donors and volunteers who generously gave time and resources but whose names are not recorded.



In addition to the generous funds given by our donors, our volunteers are equally valuable to us as they selflessly give their time and talent. Graceworks Lutheran Services relies on our volunteers who provide assistance and services to improve the lives of our community members.


Bequests and Deferred Gifts

Graceworks Lutheran Services thanks and recognizes people who planned through their estates to help our ministries continue after their deaths.


The Spiral of Life Society

People who have made known their completed arrangements for deferred gifts to Graceworks Lutheran Services through wills, gift annuities, life insurance, or other charitable devices are members of the Spiral of Life Society.


Congregation Members

We invite Lutheran congregations to affirm their involvement with Graceworks Lutheran Services by becoming members. Through the covenant process, member congregations may commit their support in a number of ways: appoint delegates to annual meetings; appoint a Graceworks Lutheran Services Advocate as a liaison; provide financial support; plan and implement an event in support of Graceworks Lutheran Services; or supply volunteers.