Members in Ministry

Responding to COVID-19

CHHSM member ministries found ways to serve those most vulnerable to Covid-19
in ways that were both faith-filled and creative.

A Pandemic Journal: How Back Bay Mission was Able to Reopen Safely and Quickly

September 23, 2020

This article appeared in a recent issue of Changing Tides, Back Bay Mission’s quarterly magazine. After “Shelter in Place” was declared in Mississippi, the Micah Day Center closed for eight days while staff clarified its status as an essential service. The modifications described in the story were made after the Center reopened — usually on…

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‘Hugging Booth’ a Hit at UCC-related Phoebe Allentown

September 10, 2020

Residents of Phoebe Allentown Health Care Center — one of the Phoebe’s older adult communities in Pennsylvania — now can share safe hugs with loved ones during in-person visits, thanks to a creative idea developed by Kelly Bock, Phoebe Allentown’s director of environmental services. After several months of quarantine to mitigate the spread of COVID-19,…

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Pandemic Creates Needs, Forces New Solutions for United Caring Services

August 10, 2020

When the COVID-19 stay at home orders were issued in March, CHHSM member United Caring Services (UCS) knew it had to continue to help the local Evansville, Ind., community it serves. UCS provides emergency and essential services via its day shelter, men’s and women’s night shelters, medical respite, and apartments, and has not closed any…

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Special COVID-19 Grant to Help Hoyleton’s Puentes de Esperanza Provide for Immigrant Families

May 13, 2020

Puentes de Esperanza — Bridges of Hope has received a grant to assist immigrant families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Part of Hoyleton Youth & Family Services in Fairview Heights, Ill., Puentes is one of 13 organizations throughout Illinois benefitting from the grant from the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR). “We are…

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CHHSM Member Organizations Find Creative Ways to Serve During Coronavirus Outbreak

April 13, 2020

From phone calls, online chats and social media postings to Zoom, Skype, and Facebook video gatherings, CHHSM members are adapting to almost daily changes in health care requirements while serving their residents and clients. “The world changes overnight,” says Chris Cox, president and CEO of Hoyleton Youth & Family Services in Fairview Heights, Ill. “Plans…

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