UCC-related Elon Homes’ Foster Care Village has met or exceeded its goals in providing care and assistance to its young adult residents.
UCC-related Elon Homes’ Foster Care Village has met or exceeded its goals in providing care and assistance to its young adult residents.

The Council for Health and Human Service Ministries (CHHSM) is committed to advancing the work of all health and human service ministries of the United Church of Christ in creating a just, caring and compassionate world.

Our 69 corporate members, all affiliated with the United Church of Christ, operate more than 400 communities and programs for children, youth, families, older adults and people with disabilities. Our ministries range in size from small care centers to large hospital networks, but we are bound together by our call to serve others in faith. Together, we represent the largest component of the UCC’s healing ministry; our organizations serve well over a million people annually, have combined assets of more than $16 billion, and provide more than $1 billion in uncompensated charitable care each year. New service ministries, founded by UCC congregations, are regularly welcomed into CHHSM membership.

Our purpose is reflected in our logo, where the central image is the basin and towel, traditional Christian symbols of service. As Jesus washed the feet of the disciples, so he commanded those who would follow him to serve others in his name. The symbol of the United Church of Christ is integral to the logo as well, expressing the commitment of our ministries to be one in service and covenant with the church.

CHHSM is governed by a 15-member board of directors and managed by a staff of four.

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CHHSM Board and Staff are grieved to learn of the death of our friend and colleague, Greg Watson, who died in October 2022. Greg was vice president of operations for Embrace Living Communities, based in Oak Brook, Ill.Greg was a graduate of CHHSM’s Nollau Leadership Institute, class of 2018-2019, and was consecrated as a Diakonal Minister during our 2019 Annual Gathering in Chicago. In an article about his class in June 2018 — not long after the group’s first retreat — Greg said, “The best part is not only beginning the process of clarifying your calling; but also, understanding and accepting one’s personal strength. Recognition of one’s ‘true' self enables us to serve from a place of wholeness.”Greg also served on the CHHSM Board of Directors, and was a beloved friend and colleague to many in the CHHSM family. Embrace Living stated on its website, “Greg was an outstanding servant leader for 17 years at Embrace Living Communities. He will be greatly missed.”CHHSM sends its prayers and love to Greg’s friends, family, and Embrace Living colleagues. ... See MoreSee Less
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