Barb Powell

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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