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A Night to Imagine: Hoyleton Honors Local Volunteers for their Partnerships

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | April 11, 2024

Imagine a world where every youth has the opportunity to thrive. At the 2024 Hoyleton Honors Night, held Feb. 23, themed “Imagine,” Hoyleton Youth & Family Services in Fairview Heights, Ill., took steps towards making dreams imagined into reality. The event was an extraordinary celebration of progress, partnership, and potential.  This year, Hoyleton recognized several…

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Abernethy Laurels Nurse’s Aide Receives State Award

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | April 11, 2024

Ella JoAn Wells, a certified nursing assistant at Abernethy Laurels retirement community, based in Newton, N.C. — part of the EveryAge family of communities — was named District II Nurse Aide of the Year by the North Carolina Health Care Facilities Association (NCHCFA) at its awards gala Feb. 19 in Greensboro, N.C. NCHCFA represents and…

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Cedar Community and Town of West Bend Partner to Add Full-Time Law Enforcement Officer

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | April 11, 2024

Cedar Community President and CEO Nicole Pretre announced last week a partnership agreement with the Town of West Bend, Wis. Town of West Bend Supervisor and Board Chair, Troy Zagel, and Pretre have been in conversations regarding Cedar Community’s support for the town’s first full-time, dedicated public safety officer, through the Washington County Sheriff’s Department.…

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Annual Gathering: Faith Keeps Us Striving for Innovation and Collaboration

By Barb Powell | March 19, 2024

The Council for Health and Human Service Ministries’ (CHHSM) 86th Annual Gathering, held March 12-14, 2024, in St. Louis, explored its theme of Innovation and Collaboration through meaningful worship, inspiring workshops and keynotes, and joyful conversations. This year’s Gathering was based on an Ecclesiastes Bible passage, and its meaning was a thread running throughout the…

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CHHSM, United Church Homes, CBLF Share Spotlight on Collaboration Presentation

By Barb Powell | March 14, 2024

A recent meeting of UCC ministries illustrated how much collaboration can create community engagement and benefit everyone. The UCC’s Living Water (Ohio NorthEast) Spire Center, which assists the association’s churches in ministry, in late January brought together the UCC Church Building and Loan Fund (CBLF), UCC Council for Health and Human Service Ministries (CHHSM), and…

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Doyle, Davis-Williams Meet with UCC Rural and Small Town Churches in Ministry

By Barb Powell | March 14, 2024

The UCC Council for Health and Human Service Ministries was honored to deliver a presentation at the February Zoom meeting of the Coalition of UCC Rural and Small Town Churches in Ministry. Jamar Doyle, president and CEO of CHHSM, and George Davis-Williams, RN, a member of CHHSM’s Emerging Leadership Cohort and seminarian at United Theological…

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Every Child’s Hope Celebrates 165 Years of Serving Children

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | March 12, 2024

In 2023, Every Child’s Hope (ECH) in St. Louis celebrated 165 years ministering to the local children and youth. ECH is one of the many area UCC-related nonprofits that was begun by the Rev. Louis Nollau, namesake of CHHSM’s Nollau Leadership Institute. Here is an overview timeline, from ECH’s Fall 2023 newsletter, of some of…

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Braving Change

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | March 12, 2024

By Erik Keener, associate executive director, United Church Outreach Ministry in Wyoming, Mich. Reprinted from Winter 2024 Communicator. For most of us change is difficult. Whether it’s a new job, moving, an addition to the family, mourning the loss of a loved one, or just trying something different, any of these changes can be stressful…

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United Church Homes’ Adams Advocates to Fill Food Needs in Indiana

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | March 12, 2024

By Catherine West, writer, United Church Homes Spirit Magazine, winter 2024. As Jennifer Adams sees it, making sure residents have access to plenty of nutritious food is an important aspect of her job as the service coordinator, or NaviGuide, for two affordable housing communities in rural Indiana. Thanks to Adams’ extraordinary efforts, residents at United…

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Archway Communities Receives Land Bank Award for Affordable Housing Project

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | March 12, 2024

Archway Communities in Lakewood, Colo., has received $2 million in funding from the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority and the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade. Archway is one of 16 recipients to receive funding as part of the inaugural Land Banking Awards made possible by Colorado State Proposition 123, which enables an…

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