From Foster Child to Ministry: DiPina to Bring Powerful Message to CHHSM Opening Worship and Consecration of UCC’s Deaconess Center for Child Well-Being in St. Louis

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When the Rev. Toni DiPina begins her sermon during the service consecrating the United Church of Christ-related Deaconess Center for Child Well-Being in St. Louis, she will be — in one sense — coming full circle. But, as she often stresses, it will be the beginning of a new important phase, not only for her, […]

United Church of Christ’s Deaconess Nurse Ministry Making a Difference in Lives of Marginalized Seniors in Jefferson County, Mo.

Simple blood pressure checks by Deaconess Faith Community Nurses can save lives.

A small group of health professionals in the United Church of Christ’s Deaconess Nurse Ministry are changing life for the better for senior citizens in Jefferson County, Mo. Through its Community Outreach Program, Deaconess Nurse Ministry is able to offer innovative programs at area food pantries that help seniors stay healthy. Thanks to a grant […]

New Memory Care Expansion Brings Comfort, Safety to Florida Residents of UCC’s Plymouth Harbor

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Plymouth Harbor, a United Church of Christ senior living community in Sarasota Fla., recently opened its new assisted living and memory care residences. Called Northwest Garden, the new building houses two distinct “neighborhoods” dedicated to assisted living with enhanced memory care, plus new independent living apartments. Partially the result of a $3.3-million “Commitment to Memory” […]

Ohio Teens’ Desire to Volunteer Inspires Intergenerational Program at United Church Homes’ Fairhaven Community

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 Teen Impact volunteers Ellie Barnett and Jordan Franz explain the program to viewers. It all started with a teen “who walked into the room and expressed an interest in volunteering,” says Becky Johnson Blocksom, community engagement coordinator at Fairhaven Community, a full-service senior living community in Upper Sandusky, Ohio. After that, word-of-mouth took over, […]

United Church of Christ’s ‘3 Great Loves’ Initiative Inspires Two Senior Communities in North Carolina to ‘Reach Out and Read’ and ‘Share the Warmth’

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When two United Church Homes and Services senior communities in North Carolina read about the UCC’s ‘3 Great Loves’ initiative, they knew they had to participate. Piedmont Crossing, a Continuing Care Retirement Community in Thomasville, decided to show its love of children through a book purchasing fund raiser sponsored by a local pediatrics office. Each […]