Barb Powell

Racial Equity, COVID-19 Ramifications to Focus Workshop Topics for CHHSM’s Annual Gathering

By Barb Powell | December 10, 2020

The UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries is planning a variety of meaningful workshops during its virtual Annual Gathering — Together in Hope — which takes place online March 2-4, 2021. The workshops, offered by several CHHSM members and partners, are designed to include presentations as well as real-time discussion on topics affecting…

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Bellewood & Brooklawn Mission: Providing Care from Childhood through Adulthood

By Barb Powell | December 9, 2020

It’s an all-too-familiar story: “Sarah” arrived at UCC-related Bellewood & Brooklawn in Louisville, Ky., at age 15 after years of abuse and trauma. Deserted in infancy, she had been raised by a family friend, whom she called “aunt,” and then by a sister. Sarah was a victim of sexual abuse at age 12 and began…

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Faith, Community Sustains Staff, Clients at United Church Outreach Ministry

By Barb Powell | December 8, 2020

For frontline nonprofits like United Church Outreach Ministry in Wyoming, Mich., colder weather and the holiday season always means finding new ways to meet the basic, ongoing needs of clients. But with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic throwing a spanner in the works, adaptability has been key. “UCOM is nothing if not flexible,” says the Rev.…

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CHHSM Board Approves Grants to Five Nonprofits Battling Systemic Racism

By Barb Powell | December 7, 2020

During its fall meeting, the Board of Directors of the UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries approved grants to five organizations working to end systemic racism. The grants were announced following the meeting, held virtually Nov. 16-18, 2020. Grants in the amount of $3,000 each will be given to the Grassroots Law Project,…

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Life Experiences, Research Combine to Create Successful Horizons of Aging Summit Affirming LGBTQ Older Adults

By Barb Powell | December 3, 2020

Personal stories from older LGBTQ+ adults, research and data analysis, and honest conversations on next steps all combined to create a successful 2020 Horizons of Aging Summit virtual event. Held Nov. 16-18, 2020, the Summit was presented by the Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging of United Church Homes and Rainbow Eldercare of Greater…

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Virtual Nollau To You Seminar Creates Renewed Approach to Ministry

By Barb Powell | November 12, 2020

Developing personal purpose statements, examining similarities and differences between personal and organizational core values, taking time to focus on one’s ministry: these were just some of the many benefits cited by attendees of a recent Nollau To You serving leader seminar. The one-day virtual CHHSM event, held Oct. 28, was sponsored by the UCC’s Heartland…

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Hoffman Homes’ ‘No Show Gala’ Raises Funds from Supporters Who Stay Home

By Barb Powell | November 12, 2020

For the past 16 years, November has been a magical month for Hoffman Homes for Youth in Littlestown, Pa. Each year, Hoffman Homes holds its annual Black Tie & Blue Jeans Gala in early November to raise funds for its children in care. With the pandemic, Hoffman Homes staff members knew they would have to…

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CHHSM Board of Directors Seeks Committee and Taskforce Volunteers

By Barb Powell | November 12, 2020

The CHHSM Board of Directors is seeking qualified volunteers to fill openings on its Finance, Program Planning and Evaluation, and Governance and Member Engagement Committees. Additionally, the Board is seeking volunteers for its 2021 General Synod Planning Taskforce and Vision 2030 Taskforce. “These volunteer opportunities are critical for the sustainability of CHHSM’s governance structure and…

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Annual Gathering Promises to Bring Attendees ‘Together in Hope’ in Meaningful New Ways

By Barb Powell | November 11, 2020

Exciting virtual meeting spaces, opportunities for information sharing, outstanding worship experiences, and more will highlight the 83rd Annual Gathering of the UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries, to be held online March 2-4, 2021. Built around the theme, “Together in Hope,” the virtual gathering centers on the Hebrews 11:1 passage, “Now faith is…

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Art Therapy Provides Window into the Soul for St. John’s Community Care Clients

By Barb Powell | November 11, 2020

*The name of the client in this article is changed to protect her privacy. When “June”* began the Art Therapy Counseling Program at St. John’s Community Care Day Center in 2017, she was angry all the time: Angry with her husband’s advanced Alzheimer’s disease and angry with her own recent Alzheimer’s diagnosis. During group sessions,…

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