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Richard and Johann Ellerbrake Continue Advocacy for CHHSM through Financial Gift

By Barb Powell | July 10, 2024

The Rev. Richard Ellerbrake, long-time health and human services activist and advocate, and his wife, Johann, whose career has included serving as a physical therapist and in youth ministries, have provided a $3,000 Schwab Charitable grant to the UCC Council for Health and Human Service Ministries (CHHSM). Dick Ellerbrake, president emeritus of Deaconess Health System…

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What’s the Buzz? Beekeeping Returns to Plymouth Place

By Barb Powell | July 10, 2024

There’s a buzz around Plymouth Place in La Grange Park, Ill., and it’s not just conversations among residents and staff. Some 40,000 bees have taken up residence in two beehives on the campus, and they’re currently hard at work making the new hives home. The project is part of Plymouth Place’s Horticulture Committee, a resident-led…

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Webinar Introduces the Hope and Promise of Harm Reduction Ministries and the UCC’s Harm Reduction Justice Sunday Resources for Congregations

By Barb Powell | July 10, 2024

A “Harm Reduction & Overdose Prevention in the Pulpit: Building a Meaningful Harm Reduction Justice Sunday Service” webinar took place June 27, 2024, to introduce a new resource for congregations participating in the UCC’s first-ever Harm Reduction Justice Sunday, scheduled for Aug. 18. The webinar is available online.  The webinar featured experts from across the…

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PBS Show ‘Viewpoint’ Teams Up with Cedar Community to Explore Evolution of Aging

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | July 10, 2024

Viewpoint, the esteemed PBS educational program hosted by actor Dennis Quaid, is proud to announce a collaboration with Cedar Community in West Bend, Wis., for an upcoming episode that will shed light on the evolving journey of aging. Set to air later in 2024, the segment will feature members of the Cedar Community leadership team…

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‘Redefining Retirement’: Theme of Parker Center Annual Symposium in October

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | July 10, 2024

The Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging of United Church Homes, based in Marion, Ohio, will host its annual symposium October 4, 2024, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at the Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center in Columbus, Ohio. The event will offer opportunities to participate in person or virtually.     This year’s theme is Meaning,…

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Emmaus Launches Advocacy Think Tank

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | July 10, 2024

On June 18, Emmaus Homes in St. Louis launched the Emmaus Advocacy Think Tank. This is a group of internal staff, clients, and more, as well as self-advocates and professionals from other organizations. The goal is to create a working group that serves as a brain trust to dream big for the future of advocacy at…

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Advocate Health Among 37 Honored by Parity.Org for Providing Equal Advancement Opportunities 

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | July 10, 2024

Advocate Health, based in Charlotte, N.C., has been named to Parity.Org’s 2024 ParityLIST™, a program recognizing organizations that have policies, benefits and programs to ensure equal advancement opportunities in the workplace. While Atrium Health hospitals in the system’s Southeast region have been recognized by the program in the past, this year marks the first time the…

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Uplands Village Appoints Cathy Taylor Interim Leader

By CHHSM Staff | July 10, 2024

After a diligent search for an interim president and CEO for Uplands Village in Pleasant Hill, Tenn., The Uplands board announced June 26 the appointment of Cathy Taylor as interim leader. Taylor also serves as administrator of Uplands Village Wellness Center and Wharton Homes. Taylor, a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator (LNHA) has been a nursing…

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The Write Idea: Unleashing Potential’s Afterschool Program Helps Student Writer 

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | July 10, 2024

Another of Unleashing Potential‘s (based in St. Louis) afterschool programs is helping youth succeed — and words, imagination, and a great mentor equal the winning formula. Maria* knew the basics of her fantasy story: It would be styled after an old folk tale. A princess would become very sick, the king and queen would seek…

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Cornerstone Community Housing Celebrates 30 Years through Heartwarming Success Stories

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | July 10, 2024

For Cornerstone Community Housing’s 30th year, it’s sharing some older stories of the men and where they are now. CCH, based in Baltimore, helps men experiencing homelessness to rebuild their lives and to change community attitudes toward homelessness through outreach and education.  D.M. was one of CCH’s first residents. He said he was in a…

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