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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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United Caring Services Expands White Flag Program for Winter Months

By CHHSM Staff | November 19, 2021

Every year, the seasonal White Flag program at UCC-related United Caring Services (UCS) in Evansville, Ind., serves countless numbers of people experiencing homelessness, providing a warm place to shelter overnight when the temperature dips below freezing. When UCS puts out the white flag, people know the overnight shelter will be open that evening. But this…

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Hoyleton Hires Nafziger as Director of Marketing and Communications

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | November 19, 2021

Hoyleton Youth & Family Services in Fairview Heights, Ill., announced Nov. 16 the hiring of Andrea Nafziger as director of marketing and communications. Nafziger, who will oversee all of Hoyleton’s marketing, advertising and communications, brings years of experience working at marketing agencies across St. Louis as well as in media, advising a diverse set of…

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United Church Homes Recommits Focus on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | November 17, 2021

By Ashley Bills. Reprinted with permission from the Autumn 2021 issue of Spirit Magazine. As a member of the Council for Health and Human Service Ministries of the United Church of Christ, United Church Homes (UCH) stands with a rich tradition of institutions who were chartered to help people work to end prejudice, poverty and…

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United Church Homes Welcomes Hughes to Newly-Created Executive Role

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | November 16, 2021

United Church Homes (UCH) announced Nov. 15 that Michael Hughes will join United Church Homes in late November as senior executive vice president and chief transformation and innovation officer. In this newly created role, Hughes will lead digital product and service line development, manage major change processes, and drive important partnerships that advance innovation and…

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Pollard, Lanier Highlight List of Speakers and Preachers at CHHSM Annual Gathering Next March

By Barb Powell | November 11, 2021

The 84th Annual Gathering of the UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries promises to be a meaningful and inspiring experience, as evidenced in the keynoters recently announced by CHHSM. The Rev. Dr. Alton B. Pollard III — president of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary known for his thoughtful comments in the critically acclaimed PBS…

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Throughout Pandemic, Retirement Housing’s Project H.A.N.D.S. Volunteers Continue to Make a Difference in their Communities

By Barb Powell | November 10, 2021

The thousands of Project H.A.N.D.S. volunteers who live in Retirement Housing Foundation (RHF) communities across the country haven’t let the pandemic get in the way of their good works. These vital groups have continued to make and distribute items to folks who need them throughout the pandemic, a tradition that is now 15 years old.…

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LeadingAge/Ziegler Report Features Several CHHSM Members

By Barb Powell | November 10, 2021

The 18th Annual LeadingAge/Ziegler LZ 200 2021 report was released at the end of October and, once again, several UCC-related, CHHSM older adult community organizations made the top 200 across a number of categories. The report presents the data by category collected for the 200 largest not-for-profit senior living multi-sites, government-subsidized housing multi-sites, and single…

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United Church Funds to Offer Free Cryptocurrency Exchange for UCC-Related Organizations

By CHHSM Staff | November 9, 2021

CHHSM partner United Church Funds (UCF) is branching into a new area of donations to assist UCC-related ministries, organizations, and local churches with their members’ charitable donations: cryptocurrency exchange. UCF has partnered with crypto asset exchange provider Coinbase to accept cryptocurrencies from donors who elect to use those types of assets to make an outright…

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