Barb Powell

CHHSM Members and Friends Ensure Success, Innovation, and Collaboration at Annual Gathering

By Barb Powell | January 11, 2024

Innovation as the Gateway to Collaboration is the theme of this year’s Annual Gathering, to be held March 12-14 at the Live! by Loews Hotel in St. Louis. Indeed, the Annual Gathering itself is a product of collaboration, thanks to the partners and members who serve as sponsors of the many keynotes, plenaries, meals, workshops,…

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Arcadia Residents Receive Extra Christmas Cheer Thanks to Local High School Student’s Idea

By Barb Powell | January 11, 2024

Residents, clients, and members of Arcadia Family of Companies in Honolulu received a special surprise this past Christmas season: handmade cards from local elementary school children, thanks to United Healthcare and the efforts of high school student Chloe Nie. The project was the brainchild of Nie, a junior and National Honor Society (NHS) student at…

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CHHSM Resources for Health and Human Service Sunday Offer Support and Healing for UCC-Related Essential Workers

By Barb Powell | January 11, 2024
Health and Human Service Sunday

The UCC Council for Health and Human Service Ministries (CHHSM) recently released resources for Health and Human Service Sunday, which takes place Jan. 28, the Fourth Sunday after Epiphany. The resources provide a means for UCC churches, CHHSM members, and friends to bring the message of serving leadership and support for health and human service…

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Ministry Moments from the President

By Barb Powell | December 15, 2023

This short, monthly video conversation highlights various CHHSM ministries and partners, as together we build a more just, equitable, caring, and compassionate world. In this month’s video, Jamar Doyle, president and CEO of CHHSM, interviews Liz Bergren, chief development officer of Crossroad Child & Family Services in Fort Wayne, Indiana. #BeAVoiceCHHSM

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Early Bird Registration for CHHSM’s 86th Annual Gathering is Open!

By Barb Powell | December 14, 2023

Registration for CHHSM’s 86th Annual Gathering — to be held March 12-14, 2024, at the Live by Loews Hotel in St. Louis — opened Monday, Dec. 18. The hotel is located in downtown St. Louis’ Ballpark Village, adjacent to Busch Stadium and within walking distance of the new Arch riverfront, museums, and eateries. The theme…

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Nollau Leadership Institute: Walking Together in Faith

By Barb Powell | December 14, 2023

The participants in the 2023-2024 Nollau Leadership Institute class are two-thirds the way through their year-long experience, and starting to work on their final capstone projects, which will be displayed at CHHSM’s 86th Annual Gathering, March 12-14, 2024, in St. Louis. As with all Nollau classes, this year’s class is shaped by its retreats, held…

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Back Bay Mission’s Overnight Shelter Prototype Brings Innovation to Transitional Housing

By Barb Powell | December 14, 2023

Back Bay Mission in Biloxi, Miss., is the UCC’s primary presence on the Gulf Coast. Its many outreach programs help to transform the lives of countless people, including those who find assistance while living in area homeless camps and who visit Back Bay’s Micah Day Center. But now, with the help of partners, Back Bay…

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Johnson-Javois, Wilson to Highlight Opening Events at CHHSM Annual Gathering

By Barb Powell | November 13, 2023

Inspiration will be the operative word during the opening events of the UCC Council for Health and Human Service Ministries Annual Gathering, to be held March 12-14, 2024, at the Live by Loews Hotel in St. Louis. On Tuesday morning, March 12, the Rev. Bethany Johnson-Javois, president and CEO of Deaconess Foundation in St. Louis,…

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LeadingAge Ziegler 2023 Top Older Adult Nonprofits Listings Highlight 18 CHHSM Members

By Barb Powell | November 13, 2023

The LZ 200, the annual report of the largest, most complex nonprofit older adult living organizations, recently was released, and this year’s listings includes 18 CHHSM members. The report, the 20th edition, was developed when LeadingAge — the United States’ largest association of not-for-profit aging service providers — and Ziegler — a top leading underwriter…

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Berry Authors Advent Worship Resources for UCC Christmas Fund Campaign

By Barb Powell | November 13, 2023

Among the many collaborations CHHSM and its member ministries form to further ministry is the special bond between CHHSM and its partners in the UCC’s national setting. One long-time partner of CHHSM is the UCC Pension Boards, a relationship that recently led to the creation of the annual UCC Christmas Fund materials. The Rev. Dr.…

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