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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CHHSM Members and Partners Help Annual Gathering Move ‘Forward Together’ Via Sponsorships

By Barb Powell | January 13, 2022

Forward Together is the theme of CHHSM’s 2022 Annual Gathering, to be held March 8-10 in Louisville, Ky. Taking that theme to heart are a number of partners and CHHSM members who are stepping up this year to serve as sponsors of the event. One such organization is Ziegler, the Gathering’s Platinum sponsor for the…

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Seven Counties Services Expands Mental Health Care Access to Kentuckians

By CHHSM Staff | January 13, 2022

Kentucky residents will receive expanded mental health care access and outpatient services, thanks to UCC-related Seven Counties Services being named a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) agency. The program is made possible through federal funding administered by the Kentucky Department for Medicaid Services. CHHSM member Seven Counties Services is the leading provider of behavioral…

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Feb. 2 Webinar to Feature Ways Clinical Support Can Help Resolve Supply Chain Issues

By CHHSM Staff | January 12, 2022

A new webinar, “How Clinical Support can Assist with Supply Chain Challenges,” takes place via Microsoft Teams Feb. 2 at 2 p.m. ET. The webinar is hosted by CPS, the group purchasing agent behind the CHHSM Store, and is geared to CHHSM members’ needs. CPS vendor McKesson will be presenting the webinar. Jeff Ward, field…

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For Chicago-based UCAN, DEI is a Way of Living and Working

By Barb Powell | January 12, 2022

Increased awareness in societal racism due to recent racist-based killings has led many organizations to examine how best to work for an antiracist society. For example, CHHSM and many of its member agencies have developed and committed to new Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) strategies for just that goal. But at CHHSM member UCAN in…

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Readinger Among Health Care Leaders to Send Open Letter on Crisis in Accessing Care for Older Adults, Urging Support for ‘Build Back Better’

By Guest Contributor | January 11, 2022
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In an unusual joint letter issued to the American people today, 33 leaders of aging services, health and social support nonprofit organizations — including MIchael J. Readinger, president and CEO of CHHSM — detail a growing crisis in aging services and call on Americans to make sure that elected officials stand by “the most consequential…

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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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Bring the Message of Collective Care to Your Local Church on Health and Human Service Sunday

By Barb Powell | January 10, 2022

The Council for Health and Human Service Ministries’ resources for UCC Health and Human Service Sunday, which takes place Jan. 30, is one way CHHSM members and friends can bring the message of serving leadership and collective care to their own local churches. Especially with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Health and Human Service Sunday can…

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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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