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No Cuts to Affordable Housing: UCC’s CHHSM Execs Take Advocacy Fight to Congress

By Barb Powell | April 7, 2017

Aging brings change, but not all of it is rosy. A crisis for the ever-increasing, diverse population of senior citizens exists in the United States: a shortage of affordable housing. According to a 2014 report from the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University, 10,000 people turn 65 each day. By 2035, low-income seniors may…

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Hoffman Homes Youth Find Hope, Healing Through Music

By Barb Powell | April 5, 2017
Blue houses on horizon logo for Hoffman Homes for Youth

“Music is therapy. Music moves people. It connects people in ways that no other medium can. It pulls heart strings. It acts as medicine.”  — Award-winning musician Macklemore The medicinal benefits of music are quickly becoming evident throughout United Church of Christ-related Hoffman Homes for Youth in Littlestown, Pa. Already possessing a strong creative arts therapy…

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Retirement Housing Foundation Breaks Ground in Los Angeles on Two Affordable Housing Projects

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | April 5, 2017

Retirement Housing Foundation held a groundbreaking ceremony on February 28 for Crenshaw Gardens, an RHF tax credit, affordable housing community for families, and Crenshaw Villas, an RHF tax credit, affordable housing community for older adults, in the West Adams-Baldwin Hills-Leimert area of Los Angeles. Los Angeles Deputy Mayor Brenda Shockley and a representative from the…

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The Spirit is Alive and Moving through Residents of Phoebe Ministries

By Barb Powell | March 29, 2017

Residents with mid- to late-stage dementia at United Church of Christ-related Phoebe Ministries in Pennsylvania feel the spirit move in unexpected and wonderful ways, thanks to the Spirit Alive pastoral care program run by Phoebe’s Center for Excellence in Dementia Care.

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CHHSM Welcomes Two New Members

By CHHSM Staff | March 15, 2017

CHHSM warmly welcomed two new members during its 79th annual meeting in March: Joint Neighborhood Ministry in St. Louis, Missouri, and The Franklinton Center at Bricks in Whitakers, North Carolina. Joint Neighborhood Ministry is a small nonprofit that helps meet the food, financial and health needs of thousands of people in the community who struggle…

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Lifelong Learning Opens Doors

By CHHSM Staff | March 15, 2017
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Some classes, like Arizona history, strike close to home. Others, like astronomy, stretch to the far reaches of space. For the curious-minded at Beatitudes Campus, a CHHSM member ministry in Phoenix, there are no limits to learning. The Beatitudes Center for Lifelong Learners offers courses in the arts, sciences and history for residents of the…

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CHHSM Digging More Deeply With UCC Disaster Ministries

By Rev. J. Bennett Guess | March 14, 2017

A new partnership is emerging between the United Church of Christ’s 400 health and human service organizations and UCC Disaster Ministries, in hopes of broadening the UCC’s preparedness, response and long-term recovery whenever and wherever disasters happen. In a March 3 appeal letter, UCC Disaster Ministries began asking CHHSM ministries to identify individuals within their…

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Letter: CHHSM Ministries Invited Into Deeper Involvement With UCC Disaster Ministries

By CHHSM Staff | March 14, 2017
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The following letter is an invitation to CHHSM member ministries to consider becoming involved with UCC Disaster Ministries: March 3, 2017 Dear CHHSM Member Agencies, The Council for Health and Human Services Ministries (CHHSM), the UCC Council of Conference Ministers and UCC Wider Church Ministries would like to invite you to become a part of…

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United Church of Christ: ACA Replacement Would End Coverage for Millions; Speak Out

By CHHSM Staff | March 10, 2017
People of Health for Health Care

The United Church of Christ’s Justice and Peace Action Network is calling on UCC members and ministries to speak out in opposition to the proposed repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act. Below is the text of the Action Alert: House Republicans have introduced their proposed alternative to the Affordable Care Act. This proposal…

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Deaconess Foundation ‘Gets on the Bus’ for Child Advocacy Days

By CHHSM Staff | March 7, 2017
People protesting I advocate for children

More than 100 St. Louis-area residents –– organized by United Church of Christ-related Deaconess Foundation –– will join thousands converging on Missouri’s State Capitol in Jefferson on April 6 for the state’s 35th annual Child Advocacy Day. Deaconess is organizing its #GetOnTheBus campaign to help community residents turn out for the day of marching, meetings…

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