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Four United Church Homes Communities Receive Top Honors

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | May 4, 2022

This article, by Catherine West, originally appeared in the United Church News news feed. It is reprinted here with permission. Four United Church Homes (UCH) communities recently were voted “Best of the Best in the 2021 Readers’ Choice contests sponsored by local media groups. The awards covered numerous categories. Two Marietta, Ohio, UCH communities were readers’…

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Hospice Volunteers at Cedar Community Provide Emotional Support During End-of-Life Jouneys

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | May 4, 2022

By Carrie Sturn, Cedar Community’s marketing director. Reprinted with permission from the Spring 2022 Live More magazine of Cedar Community. Hospice is not a place. Hospice is the care and compassion a specialized team offers to support patients and families during their final journey. At Cedar Community, based in West Bend, Wis., the hospice team…

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St. John’s Community Care Appoints New Executive Director

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | April 19, 2022

St. John’s Community Care has announced that Christine Stewart is the organization’s new executive director. An experienced leader, Stewart assumes her new duties May 2, 2022. She succeeds Nancy Berry who, after 34 years as executive director, retires May 31. Christine comes to St. John’s from Alberta, Canada, where she led the Canadian Mental Health…

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CHHSM President and CEO Michael J. Readinger: Taking a Purpose-Driven Ministry into the ‘What’s Next’ of Retirement

By Barb Powell | April 12, 2022

Outgoing President and CEO Mike Readinger may be leaving his work with CHHSM over the past 17 years in the care of others, but one ingredient that has defined his tenure will go with him — living a caring, compassionate, purpose-driven life and ministry. Readinger was hired in 2005 as vice president of the UCC’s…

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Two Kentucky CHHSM Agencies Forge Partnership to Help Fill Mental Health Care Needs of the Community

By Barb Powell | April 12, 2022

Two Louisville, Ky., health and human service agencies are partnering to improve services to the Russell neighborhood of Louisville. The partnership began thanks to a conversation between Abby Drane, president and CEO of Seven Counties Services/Bellewood & Brooklawn (SCS/B&B), and the Rev. Dr. Jamesetta Ferguson, president and CEO of MOLO Village Community Development Corporation (CDC),…

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Orion Family Services Receives Qualified Treatment Trainee Grant to Help Increase the Number of Licensed Mental Health Professionals in Wisconsin

By Barb Powell | April 11, 2022

Orion Family Services, based in Madison, Wis., recently received a University of Wisconsin (Whitewater) Qualified Treatment Trainee (QTT) grant. The program, funded by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, is coordinated with the University’s Center for Inclusive Transition, Education and Employment. It is designed to increase the quality of training and reflective supervision for supervisors…

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CHHSM Forms New Diakonal Minister Affinity Group for Serving Leadership Graduates

By Barb Powell | April 11, 2022

The latest of the UCC Council for Health and Human Service Ministries’ (CHHSM) Affinity Groups kicks off April 19. The Diakonal Minister Affinity Group is open to all members of the Diakonal Minister Community — the alumni network of the Nollau Leadership Institute and its two predecessor programs, the Transformational Leadership Program and the Faith-Based…

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United Church Homes Explores New Artificial Intelligence Robot to Better Serve Residents

By CHHSM Staff | April 8, 2022

United Church Homes (UCH), based in Marion, Ohio, has long focused on the ways technology can better serve its residents. But its focus has not just been a response to the COVID-19 crisis — a period in which people and organizations increasingly have relied on technology to stay connected with friends, family members, and work.…

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Register Now for Phoebe Institute on Aging’s Conference on Secondary Trauma and Resiliency in Senior Care

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | April 5, 2022

The Phoebe Institute on Aging (PIA) and the Allentown, Pa., area’s PBS channel —PBS39 — present its annual one-day conference — this year entitled “The Personal Cost of Caring: Secondary Trauma and Resiliency in Senior Care” — on Thursday, April 28, 2022.  The virtual conference will examine the effects of COVID-19 on caregivers of older adults: physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Practical…

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Advocate Aurora Health Hospitals Named to Newsweek’s Best List

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | April 4, 2022

Nine Advocate Aurora Health hospitals — a CHHSM member based in Illinois and Wisconsin — were named to Newsweek’s World’s Best Hospitals list, the most of any Midwest health system and among the best in the country.   The distinctions reflect the superior work done by Advocate Aurora team members during an unprecedented time for all…

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