Life Experiences, Research Combine to Create Successful Horizons of Aging Summit Affirming LGBTQ Older Adults

By Barb Powell | December 3, 2020

Personal stories from older LGBTQ+ adults, research and data analysis, and honest conversations on next steps all combined to create a successful 2020 Horizons of Aging Summit virtual event. Held Nov. 16-18, 2020, the Summit was presented by the Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging of United Church Homes and Rainbow Eldercare of Greater…

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Pennington Named New Executive Director of Back Bay Mission

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | December 3, 2020

The Board of Directors of Back Bay Mission are pleased to announce that the Rev. James Pennington is the new executive director of Back Bay Mission. He begins his new duties in February 2021. With the retirement of the Rev. Alice Graham,  the Board of Directors began a nationwide search for her replacement.  Pennington, a Mississippian,…

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United Caring Services Finds Space for Winter Shelter Program, Thanks to Community Partners

By CHHSM Staff | November 20, 2020

As the cold weather approached, United Caring Services (UCS) in Evansville, Ind., worried about how to house guests who use its shelter on the coldest nights of the season. COVID-19 safe practices made its current space no longer large enough to house the 70-to-80 people who use the overnight sleeping accommodations during extremely cold winter…

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Hoffman Homes’ ‘No Show Gala’ Raises Funds from Supporters Who Stay Home

By Barb Powell | November 12, 2020

For the past 16 years, November has been a magical month for Hoffman Homes for Youth in Littlestown, Pa. Each year, Hoffman Homes holds its annual Black Tie & Blue Jeans Gala in early November to raise funds for its children in care. With the pandemic, Hoffman Homes staff members knew they would have to…

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Art Therapy Provides Window into the Soul for St. John’s Community Care Clients

By Barb Powell | November 11, 2020

*The name of the client in this article is changed to protect her privacy. When “June”* began the Art Therapy Counseling Program at St. John’s Community Care Day Center in 2017, she was angry all the time: Angry with her husband’s advanced Alzheimer’s disease and angry with her own recent Alzheimer’s diagnosis. During group sessions,…

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Crossroad Child & Family Services Announces New President and CEO

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | November 10, 2020

Corinna England, chair of the Crossroad Child & Family Services Board, is pleased to announce the appointment of David Mullins as president and CEO of Crossroad Child & Family Services, based in Fort Wayne, Ind. He begins his new role Jan. 6, 2021, succeeding current Crossroad president and CEO Randall J. Rider, who retires in January.…

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Emmaus Homes Implements Technology Update Giving Clients Access to Healthcare and More

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | October 26, 2020

Emmaus Homes recently implemented a technology update to 69 client homes. The update is benefiting about 225 people with disabilities living in St. Louis. The technology includes new iPads and software in all of Emmaus’ service locations. Especially now, due to COVID-19, this technology provides Emmaus clients with a new level of access to essential…

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Foster Care Agency Charles Hall Closes Residential Services Operations and Treatment Program Serving At-Risk Youth in North Dakota

By CHHSM Staff | October 26, 2020

UCC-related Charles Hall Youth and Family Services in Bismarck, N.D., was forced to close its Qualified Residential Treatment Program (QTRP) Oct. 24 due to major funding shortages in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the residential program is closing, Gayla Sherman, executive director of programs & resource development, said Charles Hall will continue to…

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‘Understanding Historical Trauma’ Workshop Helps Open the Door to Discussion and Healing

By Barb Powell | October 7, 2020

When Niquanna Barnett, in-home family therapist and intake specialist at UCC-related Orion Family Services in Madison, Wis., developed the workshop “Understanding Historical Trauma: How to Heal and Move Forward” and presented it at the CHHSM Annual Gathering in Memphis this past March, she knew it wasn’t going to be a one-time event. She had plans…

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Bethany Children’s Home Staff Members Pull Together to Create School-like Atmosphere for Students

By Barb Powell | October 6, 2020

With the COVID-19 pandemic affecting all aspects of social interaction and activities, many local school districts had difficulty developing safe plans for the new school year. Agencies serving children and youth — including several CHHSM members — felt the impact of that uncertainty. In the Womelsdorf, Pa., area, the local school district finished its virtual…

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