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Cedar Community Welcomes New Philanthropy Director

By CHHSM Staff | November 7, 2022

Cedar Community in West Bend, Wis., is pleased to welcome Jennifer Zaskowski as philanthropy director. Zaskowski has a bachelor’s degree in health care administration from Concordia University. She has more than 25 years in the health care field with an extensive background in healthcare administration and business and non-profit development.  Her past experience includes leadership…

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Hoyleton Seeks Qualified Foster Parents for Expanded Program

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | October 27, 2022

Hoyleton Youth and Family Services is excited to announce that it is expanding its Therapeutic Foster Care services. This expansion provides an opportunity for three identified foster youth, currently in residential care at Hoyleton, to live in community with qualified foster parents in a single family home in the Belleville, Ill., area. This program was…

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Requests for Workshop Proposals Being Accepted for CHHSM Annual Gathering

By Barb Powell | October 20, 2022

The 85th Annual Gathering of the UCC Council for Health and Human Service Ministries takes place March 7-9, 2023, at the Hilton City Center in Denver. The theme for the gathering is “Together through Mountains and Valleys,” and uses Isaiah 40:4-5 as its inspiration: “Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill…

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Retirement Housing Foundation Welcomes New Team Members

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | October 17, 2022

Retirement Housing Foundation (RHF), one of the nation’s largest nonprofit providers of affordable housing and services, has hired two new executive staff members. On Oct. 3, 2022, Yuri Escandon joined the RHF Team as vice president of affordable housing operations. He oversees the daily operations of Foundation Property Management and RHF Management, Inc., the arm of RHF…

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Virtual Symposium to Help Caregivers Cope with Stress and Burnout

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | October 17, 2022

If you’ve ever been in the position of caring for someone with a chronic disease, dementia, or a disability, you know the toll it takes on your mind, body, and spirit. Despite wanting to do the right thing, you experience fatigue, anxiety, and imbalance in your own life. You worry. You agonize. You don’t know…

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Makerspace Gives Students at Crossroad Room to Create

By Barb Powell | October 11, 2022

The staff at Crossroad Academy, part of Crossroad Child & Family Services in Fort Wayne, Ind., knew they were on to something after the school became a project-based learning New Tech Academy during the pandemic. The response from the youth to the shift toward experiential learning was positive, and students and teachers continue to be…

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‘Collaborating to Flourish’ Retreat Creates Renewal, Reflection in Participants

By Barb Powell | October 11, 2022

In a time that often feels splintered — from COVID, from ideological divides — clergy and lay leaders of the UCC’s Heartland Conference recently were able to pause and examine how deeper connections, conversations, and collective action might be more effectively accomplished. “Collaborating to Flourish,” a one-day leadership retreat offered Aug. 29 by the UCC…

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After Pandemic-Induced Hiatus, Deaconess Foundation CDF Freedom Schools Return to St. Louis

By Barb Powell | October 11, 2022

After a two-year hiatus caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Deaconess Foundation in St. Louis welcomed back students to its Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) Freedom Schools, held this past summer. The seven-week enrichment program took place at four locations throughout the Greater St. Louis area: Christ the King UCC in Florissant, Mo.; Peace UCC in…

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Hoyleton Pilot Program Succeeds in Helping Youth Transition Out of Foster Care

By Barb Powell | October 6, 2022

A three-year pilot program in Southern Illinois is helping CHHSM members meet the needs of youth aging out of the foster system. Clients at Hoyleton Youth and Family Services in Fairview Heights, Ill., have access to the LifeSet pilot program at Hoyleton — a hands-on, youth-driven approach to helping young people in the child welfare…

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Archway Communities Acquires Lawn Service Company to Serve its Locations

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | October 6, 2022

Archway Communities, Inc., based in Lakewood, Colo., has purchased Mike’s Custom Lawn Care, Inc. of Arvada, Colo. Archway intends to rebrand this new acquisition as Archway Facilities Management, a new division of the Archway Communities portfolio, developed to support its statewide growth and its existing 10 properties and 1,500+ residents by providing landscaping and property…

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