Moving through Our Mission

Discover the mission, vision and values of CHHSM.

Anti-Racism Center

To be a disciple is to be anti-racist. Through self and communal reflection and by continuing to gather resources, ideas, and wisdom, we hope this online collection supports our journey on the road of justice and grace.

Advocacy Center

We partnered with the United Church of Christ Justice and Witness Ministries to bring you this advocacy toolkit. The issues raised here stem from the variety of services CHHSM organizations provide nationwide.

By the Numbers

Together, CHHSM’s more than 400 health and human service programs and communities provide $1 billion in uncompensated, charitable care. This includes:


served including 21,490 children; 19,710 youth; 16,498 families; 33,581 older adults; and 3,717 veterans


operated in facilities providing acute, skilled nursing, and memory care

Residential Units

including 21,167 affordable housing units; 10,035 independent living units; and 3,219 assisted living units


with developmental disabilities received residential and non-residential services


of volunteer service provided


employed across UCC health and human service ministries

Latest News

Richard and Johann Ellerbrake Continue Advocacy for CHHSM through Financial Gift

By Barb Powell | July 10, 2024

The Rev. Richard Ellerbrake, long-time health and human services activist and advocate, and his wife, Johann, whose career has included serving as a physical therapist and in youth ministries, have provided a $3,000 Schwab Charitable grant to the UCC Council for Health and Human Service Ministries (CHHSM). Dick Ellerbrake, president emeritus of Deaconess Health System…

Read More

What’s the Buzz? Beekeeping Returns to Plymouth Place

By Barb Powell | July 10, 2024

There’s a buzz around Plymouth Place in La Grange Park, Ill., and it’s not just conversations among residents and staff. Some 40,000 bees have taken up residence in two beehives on the campus, and they’re currently hard at work making the new hives home. The project is part of Plymouth Place’s Horticulture Committee, a resident-led…

Read More

Webinar Introduces the Hope and Promise of Harm Reduction Ministries and the UCC’s Harm Reduction Justice Sunday Resources for Congregations

By Barb Powell | July 10, 2024

A “Harm Reduction & Overdose Prevention in the Pulpit: Building a Meaningful Harm Reduction Justice Sunday Service” webinar took place June 27, 2024, to introduce a new resource for congregations participating in the UCC’s first-ever Harm Reduction Justice Sunday, scheduled for Aug. 18. The webinar is available online.  The webinar featured experts from across the…

Read More

Become a Member

Join 75 other United Church of Christ-related non-profit organizations that operate hundreds of health and human service communities and programs throughout the United States. Or, join CHHSM as an individual member!

From the President

Ministry Moments from the President: July 2024

By Jamar Doyle | July 10, 2024

This short, monthly video conversation highlights various CHHSM ministries and partners, as together we build a more just, equitable, caring, and compassionate world. In this month’s video, Jamar Doyle, president and CEO of CHHSM, interviews Nichelle Simmons, associate vice president of program support for UCAN in Chicago. #BeAVoiceCHHSM

Read More