Barb Powell

Makerspace Gives Students at Crossroad Room to Create

By Barb Powell | October 11, 2022

The staff at Crossroad Academy, part of Crossroad Child & Family Services in Fort Wayne, Ind., knew they were on to something after the school became a project-based learning New Tech Academy during the pandemic. The response from the youth to the shift toward experiential learning was positive, and students and teachers continue to be…

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‘Collaborating to Flourish’ Retreat Creates Renewal, Reflection in Participants

By Barb Powell | October 11, 2022

In a time that often feels splintered — from COVID, from ideological divides — clergy and lay leaders of the UCC’s Heartland Conference recently were able to pause and examine how deeper connections, conversations, and collective action might be more effectively accomplished. “Collaborating to Flourish,” a one-day leadership retreat offered Aug. 29 by the UCC…

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After Pandemic-Induced Hiatus, Deaconess Foundation CDF Freedom Schools Return to St. Louis

By Barb Powell | October 11, 2022

After a two-year hiatus caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Deaconess Foundation in St. Louis welcomed back students to its Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) Freedom Schools, held this past summer. The seven-week enrichment program took place at four locations throughout the Greater St. Louis area: Christ the King UCC in Florissant, Mo.; Peace UCC in…

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Hoyleton Pilot Program Succeeds in Helping Youth Transition Out of Foster Care

By Barb Powell | October 6, 2022

A three-year pilot program in Southern Illinois is helping CHHSM members meet the needs of youth aging out of the foster system. Clients at Hoyleton Youth and Family Services in Fairview Heights, Ill., have access to the LifeSet pilot program at Hoyleton — a hands-on, youth-driven approach to helping young people in the child welfare…

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The Rev. Dr. Jamesetta Ferguson Named One of Five AARP 2023 Purpose Prize Winners

By Barb Powell | September 12, 2022

The Rev. Dr. Jamesetta Ferguson, president and CEO of MOLO Village, CDC (Community Development Corporation) and senior pastor of St. Peter’s UCC — both in Louisville, Ky. — has been named one of AARP’s 2023 Purpose Prize Award recipients. The one-of-a-kind national award honors people aged 50 and older who have proven that they are…

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Dr. Zaria Davis Named CHHSM’s New Rev. Jerry Paul Scholar

By Barb Powell | September 12, 2022

The UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries (CHHSM) has named Dr. Zaria Davis, a student at UCC-related Eden Theological Seminary in Webster Groves, Mo., as its new Rev. Jerry Paul Scholar. “I am excited to welcome Zaria Davis as this year’s Jerry Paul Scholar,” said Jamar Doyle, president and CEO of CHHSM. “Zaria…

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Nollau To You Helps Bring Renewed Passion to Good Samaritan Home

By Barb Powell | September 12, 2022

The Council for Health and Human Service Ministries’ (CHHSM) one-day Nollau To You seminars often create a foundation for change within participants, in a workplace, and sometimes both. The executive team of Good Samaritan Home in Evansville, Ind., recently came away from a Nollau To You seminar inspired and feeling positive about the future. Bert…

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Social and Biomedical Ethicist Dr. Tracy Trothen to Keynote Parker Center Symposium

By Barb Powell | September 12, 2022

Tracy J. Trothen, Ph.D., will deliver two keynotes at the annual United Church Homes Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging’s Annual Symposium. “(Pro) Longevity: The Convergence of Ethics, Tech and Spirituality” will be held Friday, Sept. 30, from 9:30 a.m. until 3:15 p.m. (EDT) at the Nationwide Event and Conference Center near Columbus, Ohio.…

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Back Bay Mission October Conference Invites Everyone to ‘Make Good Trouble’

By Barb Powell | August 11, 2022

Back Bay Mission in Biloxi, Miss., takes seriously its mission to strengthen neighborhoods, seek justice and transform lives through programs in education, empowerment, housing rehabilitation, and more. This year — as it celebrates its 100th anniversary — the CHHSM member has developed a new avenue for helping to fulfill that mission: its ‘Making Good Trouble’…

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United Caring Services Takes On Homelessness through Permanent Housing Programs

By Barb Powell | August 11, 2022

United Caring Services in Evansville, Ill., is well known for many of its shelter programs: a day shelter; men’s night shelter and women’s night shelter; recuperative care program providing a place for homeless individuals to stay after discharge for a hospital; and “white flag” program, providing seasonal night shelter to men, women and children during…

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