Foundation Awards $4,000 to Parkvue Community for University Circle Interactive Learning Program

By Barb Powell | December 9, 2019

Parkvue Community, a United Church Homes older adult community in Sandusky, Ohio, has received a $4,000 grant from the Michelle Wightman-Karrie Wieber Charitable Foundation to support an interactive learning program that connects residents with educational opportunities. The grant will support University Circle Interactive, an older adult program that provides accessible and innovative learning programming. University…

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It Only Takes a Spark: United Church Outreach Ministry’s Crucial Role in Helping Community Members Succeed

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | December 2, 2019

by BettyBeth Johns, community development manager, United Church Outreach Ministry (UCOM) in Wyoming, Mich. Alexandra’s UCOM journey began with a small letter-sized poster hanging in the food pantry: If you want to learn to take charge of your financial future, sign up for FREE financial literacy classes here at UCOM. Something sparked in her. She…

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UCAN Program Supervisor Awarded UCAN President’s Coin

By Barb Powell | November 26, 2019

By Carly Hanson, UCAN Decades ago, he was a gang chief. Today, he’s helping youth on Chicago’s West Side follow a different path. “They tell you not to take your job home with you but . . . you do,” says Martin “Marty” Murff, a program supervisor with UCAN’s Violence Intervention and Prevention Services. “It’s…

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Emmaus Employee Recognized with Award from St. Charles County Coalition of Service Providers

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | November 26, 2019

UCC-related Emmaus Homes in St. Charles, Mo., has announced that Azeez Bada, a direct support professional, is a recipient of the 2019 Direct Support Professional Award given by the Coalition of Service Providers of St. Charles County. The St. Charles County Coalition of Service Providers is a network of agencies that serve people with disabilities.…

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Advocate Aurora Health and MATTER announce 2019 Health Tech Venture Challenge winner

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | November 25, 2019

UCC-related Advocate Aurora Health, one of the 10 largest not-for-profit integrated health systems in the country, and MATTER, the premier healthcare incubator and innovation hub, named digital health startup LifePod the winner of the 2019 Health Tech Venture Challenge. Following a live pitch event on Nov. 5, LifePod was awarded a $10,000 cash prize, a…

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CHHSM Joins UCC Effort to Abolish Medical Debt for Low-Income Families

By CHHSM Staff | November 21, 2019

In order to support United Church of Christ efforts to relieve thousands of low-income families of medical debt, the UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries has instituted a matching gift of $15,000. The donation will be contributed to the UCC Giving Tuesday campaign to relieve medical debt. Giving Tuesday takes place Dec. 3…

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St. Louis’ Deaconess Nurse Ministry, Epiphany UCC, and Muslim Community Physicians Partner to Open New Free Clinic Location

By Barb Powell | November 13, 2019

The November weather was crisp and clear, and the hearts of those gathered on the steps of Epiphany UCC in St. Louis matched the warmth of the sunshine as the newest Salam Clinic was dedicated. The Salam Clinic — a partnership of local churches, CHHSM member Deaconess Nurse Ministry, and physicians from the Islamic Foundation…

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CHHSM’s Nollau To You Helps Brewster Place Staff Nurture Serving Leaders

By Barb Powell | November 11, 2019

For UCC-related Brewster Place, an older adult life plan community in Topeka, Kan., CHHSM’s Nollau To You one-day serving leader seminars are gifts that keep giving. In fact, the staff who have participated like the event so much that Joe Ewert, Brewster’s president and CEO, keeps asking the faculty back for more. The most recent…

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UCC-related Elon Homes’ Foster Care Village Meets, Surpasses Two-Year Goals

By Barb Powell | November 11, 2019

The data is in, and it’s stunning! In its first two years of operation, UCC-related Elon Homes’ Foster Care Village has met or exceeded its goals in providing care and assistance to its young adult residents. From residents enrolling in further education or finding jobs to learning more about household finance and credit counseling, the…

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UCC-related Bethany Children’s Home Names Birli Chief Executive Officer

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | November 11, 2019

Joseph T. Birli, Ed.D., LPC, NCC, has been named chief executive officer of UCC-related Bethany Children’s Home in Womelsdorf, Pa., following the retirement of Kevin Snyder, who served as Bethany’s CEO for six years. Birli previously served as president and CEO of the Children’s Home of York, Pa. Prior to his time in York, Birli…

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