Barb Powell

Hoffman Homes Youth Find Hope, Healing Through Music

By Barb Powell | April 5, 2017
Blue houses on horizon logo for Hoffman Homes for Youth

“Music is therapy. Music moves people. It connects people in ways that no other medium can. It pulls heart strings. It acts as medicine.”  — Award-winning musician Macklemore The medicinal benefits of music are quickly becoming evident throughout United Church of Christ-related Hoffman Homes for Youth in Littlestown, Pa. Already possessing a strong creative arts therapy…

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The Spirit is Alive and Moving through Residents of Phoebe Ministries

By Barb Powell | March 29, 2017

Residents with mid- to late-stage dementia at United Church of Christ-related Phoebe Ministries in Pennsylvania feel the spirit move in unexpected and wonderful ways, thanks to the Spirit Alive pastoral care program run by Phoebe’s Center for Excellence in Dementia Care.

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United Caring Services’ Volunteer Fair Dispels Myths Surrounding Homelessness

By Barb Powell | March 4, 2017
Volunteers assisting in kitchen for homeless

It takes many hands and hearts to create a community of caring. For United Church of Christ-related United Caring Services in Evansville, Ind., that means taking volunteer recruitment up a notch through its first-ever Volunteer Fair, to be held March 14 at the UCS facility (324 NW Sixth Street). The event promises to be both educational…

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United Church Homes’ ‘I LIVE IT’ Program Focuses on Hospitality, Culture Change

By Barb Powell | February 27, 2017

What’s the “word of the week”? At United Church Homes, a senior housing and healthcare provider headquartered in Marion, Ohio, it might be “home,” or “community,” or “wise-beyond-years,” or “neighbors.” These words are among those replacing the tired, traditional, institutional parlance of the health care profession: hospital, facility, sickly, unit. These “culture change words,” according…

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Graffiti, Native Traditions Converge in Life-Changing Trip for Chicago’s UCAN Youth

By Barb Powell | February 17, 2017
Dancing at RedCan Graffiti Jam

Thanks to a fusion of the graffiti art movement and Lakota culture, this summer promises to be an experience of a lifetime for 15 at-risk youth receiving care and support through United Church of Christ-related UCAN in Chicago. The youth will participate in the Cheyenne River Youth Project’s third annual RedCan Graffiti Jam, June 29-July 1…

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Like Fine Wine: Emmaus Homes Benefits From Unique Valentine’s Day Cheer

By Barb Powell | February 13, 2017
Emmaus Wine

A unique partnership is being uncorked this month for United Church of Christ-related Emmaus Homes in St. Charles, Mo. In a one-of-a-kind fundraiser, Emmaus and two local businesses are providing area residents with the opportunity to increase their giving this Valentine’s Day. “Just for You” invites area neighbors to purchase their Valentine’s flowers at Hillermann…

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Partnerships, Christ-Centered Focus Contribute to 50-Year Success of New Glarus Home

By Barb Powell | February 8, 2017
Architectural Rendering of New Glarus Home, Inc.

For the New Glarus Home, Inc., a United Church of Christ-related ministry in Wisconsin, it has always been about partnerships –– with a local UCC congregation, the community, and the UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries. In a fitting tribute to its first 50 years, the milestone anniversary New Glarus Home celebrated last…

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Life Aspirations Are Visibly Celebrated at Bethany Children’s Home

By Barb Powell | February 6, 2017

“For life starting anew.” “For peace in the world.” “To be able to go home.” The hopes and dreams of the youth at United Church of Christ-affiliated Bethany Children’s Home are captured each year on small “wish petals” that are photographed and posted on Bethany’s Facebook page. Originally started in 2015 as decorations for a…

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