CHHSM Staff

Prayer as an Act of Resistance

By CHHSM Staff | January 7, 2021

The staff members of the UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries today (Jan. 7) released this statement regarding yesterday’s events at the U.S. Capitol building: Yesterday was the feast day of the Epiphany, when we celebrate how folks were wise not just because of their ability to read the stars and the times,…

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Nollau Graduate Watson One of Three Tapped for Leadership Roles at Embrace Living Communities

By CHHSM Staff | December 4, 2020

UCC-related Embrace Living Communities, based in Oak Brook, Ill., announced in November the appointment of three new leadership team members. Leading the list is Greg Watson, former director of plant operations, who has been promoted to vice president of operations. Watson is a 2018-2019 graduate of CHHSM’s year-long Nollau Leadership Institute and was consecrated as…

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Urge Lawmakers to Provide Crucial Additional Nonprofit Relief Before Adjourning

By CHHSM Staff | December 4, 2020

With provisions from the CARES Act expiring at the end of the month, along with an expected surge in Coronavirus cases, resources will be stretched just when our communities need us most.  CHHSM and Lutheran Services in America are joining with countless other health and human service ministries in asking everyone to help make an…

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United Caring Services Finds Space for Winter Shelter Program, Thanks to Community Partners

By CHHSM Staff | November 20, 2020

As the cold weather approached, United Caring Services (UCS) in Evansville, Ind., worried about how to house guests who use its shelter on the coldest nights of the season. COVID-19 safe practices made its current space no longer large enough to house the 70-to-80 people who use the overnight sleeping accommodations during extremely cold winter…

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Carmel Valley Manor Names Zimmer President and CEO

By CHHSM Staff | November 11, 2020

Jay Zimmer has been selected as the new president and CEO of Carmel Valley Manor, a UCC-related not-for-profit Life-Care Community in Carmel Calif. He succeeds Jane Ipsen, who served as executive director of Carmel Valley from December 2013 to October 2020. Zimmer says he is looking forward to serving the Carmel Valley community. His first priority,…

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Embrace Living Launches Fund for Resident Health and Wellness Programs

By CHHSM Staff | November 9, 2020

While the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way many UCC-related older adult communities ensure the safety of their residents, one thing hasn’t changed: finding additional ways to provide health and wellness services. For Embrace Living Communities — based in Oakbrook, Ill. — a commitment to bolster health and wellness programming is coming to fruition, thanks…

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Kathryn O’Connor Kuhn, UCC Pastor Known for Health and Human Service Ministry, Dies at 50

By CHHSM Staff | November 3, 2020
Rev. Kathryn Kuhn

Former CHHSM Board member and Nollau Leadership Institute (2015-2016) graduate Kathryn O’Connor Kuhn, 50, of Kiel, Wis., died Monday, Nov. 2, 2020, at home, surrounded in love by her immediately family. Known for her local church ministry and health and human service ministries work, Kuhn pastored local Wisconsin churches for many years, including Our Saviour’s…

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Foster Care Agency Charles Hall Closes Residential Services Operations and Treatment Program Serving At-Risk Youth in North Dakota

By CHHSM Staff | October 26, 2020

UCC-related Charles Hall Youth and Family Services in Bismarck, N.D., was forced to close its Qualified Residential Treatment Program (QTRP) Oct. 24 due to major funding shortages in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the residential program is closing, Gayla Sherman, executive director of programs & resource development, said Charles Hall will continue to…

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Cedar Community’s Pretre Wins Marketing Officer of Year Award

By CHHSM Staff | September 23, 2020

Nicole Pretre, vice president of development at UCC-related Cedar Community in West Bend, Wis., has been named among the Milwaukee Business Journal’s 2020 Chief Marketing Officer of the Year award winners. The award recognizes the important work of those in senior marketing positions in southeastern Wisconsin. Pretre is the executive leader of the marketing, sales,…

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Lake Prince Woods Chaplain Gary Newsome Moderates Historic Clergy Meeting

By CHHSM Staff | July 24, 2020

The Rev. Gary Newsome, chaplain at Lake Prince Woods Retirement Community in Suffolk, Va. — part of UCC-related United Church Homes and Services — held an historic meeting of area clergy July 14 on the Lake Prince Woods grounds. In attendance were white pastors from prominent historical churches from varying denominations and prominent African-American clergy…

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