CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution

Deaconess Nurse Ministry Provides Hope, Help in Desperate Situation

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | January 13, 2022

One late afternoon, Deaconess Nurse Ministry, based in St Louis, Mo., received a phone call from a case worker who was trying to help Ms. M, a 65-year-old woman living in her car. The case worker told Deaconess about Ms. M’s case — she was trying to get her into a shelter before the dangerously cold…

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Various Job Openings: United Caring Services

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | January 11, 2022

Various Job Openings at United Caring Services United Caring Services in Evansville, Ind., has several job openings. We REALLY need your help!  Spread the word. Like many places, United Caring Services (UCS) needs to hire people across various programs and shifts, with the pay ranging between $10-$14 based on the position. Volunteer assistance also is welcome. We’re…

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UCAN Recognized by Human Rights Campaign Foundation for LGBTQ+ Inclusion Efforts

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | January 11, 2022

UCC-related UCAN has been recognized in 2021 Change-Makers by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation. HRC annouced the Change-Makers in its third annual report, which highlights 119 child welfare agencies across the United States that have worked with the HRC Foundation’s All Children – All Families (ACAF) program to improve the services they provide to…

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United Church Homes Communities Embracing Diversity Work

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | January 6, 2022

By Ashley Bills, UCH corporate communications manager. Reprinted with permission from the Winter 2021-2022 Spirit Magazine. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) has long been a part of the mission, vision and values at United Church Homes (UCH). Its core values, written in an acrostic which spells the word CHRIST, encourage employees to welcome everyone, honor…

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Chapel Hill Residents Work Together to Create Sleeping Mats for Homeless

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | January 5, 2022

Residents at The Chapel Hill Community’s Kroft Commons have teamed up to help those in need, turning plastic shopping bags into sleeping mats for homeless people. Linda Ditzler, a former United Church Homes board member who still serves on UCH’s Affordable Housing board, learned how to create the mats long before becoming part of the…

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Advocate Aurora Health Charitable Care and Services Total for 2020 Exceeded $2.5 Billion

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | January 4, 2022

Advocate Aurora Health contributed over $2.5 billion in charitable care and services in 2020, a 16 percent increase over 2019. A November 2021 story reports that as the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the health system’s community health efforts shifted and transformed to meet the most urgent needs, while also remaining committed to its bedrock programs, such…

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Lisa Fichera, Phoebe Ministries COO, Retires After 43 Years of Service

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | January 4, 2022

Lisa Fichera, chief operating officer of Phoebe Ministries,based in Allentown, Pa., retired at the end of December after 43 years of dedicated service to the seniors of Eastern Pennsylvania. Fichera was hired in 1978 by Phoebe Ministries, known then as Phoebe Home. She started her career in an entry-level position in human resources, and later…

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Mental Health Leaders Urge Checking in with Ourselves and our Neighbors During Holiday Season and Beyond

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | January 3, 2022

The op-ed was co-written by Seven Counties Services/Bellewood & Brooklawn President & CEO Abby Drane, Minority Mental Health Project Founder Damon Cobble and National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Executive Director Nancy Brooks. Reprinted with permission. Our community has been the epicenter of nationally recognized crises for the past two years. From the Covid-19 pandemic…

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Advocate Aurora Health Raises Employees’ Minimum Hourly Wage to $18

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | December 6, 2021

Advocate Aurora Health, one of the largest not-for-profit employers in Illinois and Wisconsin, raised its minimum hourly wage to $18. The increase was implemented Dec. 5, making Adovcate Aurora a regional leader and among the first health systems in the country to do so. The wage increase, intended to recognize Advocate Aurora team members’ critical…

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Adaptability and Support: Two Keys to United Church Outreach Ministry’s Success

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | December 1, 2021

In the past year and a half COVID-19 has forced CHHSM member United Church Outreach Ministry (UCOM) in Wyoming, Mich., to make many programmatic changes. Some programs have been put on hold, some have grown or been added, and almost all have been modified. One program that has changed for the better is UCOM’s Farm…

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