Council for Health and Human Service Ministries

Nollau To You: Bringing Servant Leadership to CHHSM-Member Ministries

By Barb Powell | July 31, 2017

When Grace Congregational UCC in Two Rivers, Wis., sent a financial gift to United Church of Christ-related Emmaus Homes in St. Charles, Mo., the hope was for one home manager at Emmaus to attend the Nollau Leadership Institute, a servant leadership training program from the UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries. Instead, the…

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UCC’s Angelus Plaza to host photo exhibit on L.A.’s older immigrant communities

By Barb Powell | July 31, 2017

An unused office space on the third floor of United Church of Christ-related Angelus Plaza Senior Activities Center in downtown Los Angeles is sparking a renaissance at the center for the creative arts. The center’s staff wanted to start an ongoing multimedia project, not only for residents in the low-income senior housing of Angelus Plaza,…

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United Church Homes to break ground on $18M construction project

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | July 28, 2017

United Church Homes will break ground Aug. 9 on an $18 million construction project to add 44 new independent living cottage homes and a community center at Parkvue Community in Sandusky, Ohio. The groundbreaking ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. in a tent on the east side of Parkvue Community, 3800 Boardwalk Blvd. About…

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Community is ‘Over the Edge’ for UCC’s Bethany Children’s Home

By Barb Powell | July 26, 2017

The United Church of Christ’s Bethany Children’s Home in Berks County, Pa., has a unique approach to fund raising, and it’s sending the community “Over the Edge” (OTE) in support of the children and teens Bethany helps. The second annual “OTE4Bethany” event — which takes place Sept. 22, 2017 — is an opportunity for individuals…

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United Church of Christ-Related Parkvue Community Recognizes Volunteer Service with Awards

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | July 18, 2017

Two remarkable individuals received awards July 11 for their work with Parkvue Community, a retirement and assisted living community in Sandusky, Ohio. Parkvue is part of UCC-related United Church Homes, which is headquartered in Marion, Ohio. Smith Volunteers with Spirit Annee Smith, of Sandusky, was recognized with the 2017 Spirit Award from Parkvue Community and…

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United Church of Christ’s EHM Senior Solutions Wins Grant for ‘Safe at Home’ Program

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | July 13, 2017

An impactful presentation helped EHM Senior Solutions (EHM), formerly Evangelical Homes of Michigan, win a grant of $11,400 from the Washtenaw County chapter of 100+ Women Who Care (WCC) to help seniors stay safe and independent in their own homes through one of its signature programs. “Amazing things can happen when you get a group…

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Less Pain, Faster Recovery at UCC-Related Advocate Good Shepherd

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | July 13, 2017

Sarah Consiglio is in the operating room at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington, Ill. before the sun comes up. As the scrub nurse for the day’s first surgery, she’s prepping the room and sterilizing equipment. She then turns her attention to the da Vinci Xi Surgical System. This state-of-the-art surgical robotic system allows surgeons to…

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General Synod Withdrawal

By Michael Readinger | July 12, 2017
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Wow! What a whirlwind it was! Personally, I am witnessing a whole lot of withdrawal from the UCC General Synod 31 that just concluded in Baltimore, Md. For those of you who have never attended a General Synod, let me try to explain what it is like. Those of you who have been will understand.…

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Youth voices lead the way on gun violence resolution

By Tiffany Vail | July 6, 2017

Guided in large part by the voices of youth, General Synod 2017 enthusiastically passed a resolution of witness Monday urging the recognition of gun violence as a public health emergency deserving of federal funding for scientific research. “The youth voted to speak on this issue because it is, like it or not, an issue that…

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Collaboration is key to success for United Church of Christ ministries in St. Louis

By Barb Powell | July 4, 2017

It’s an old — yet, brand new — United Church of Christ health and human service collaboration in St. Louis. Two health care providers have partnered with a low-income older adult housing facility and a ministry for children in trauma to provide increased medical care, and it’s making an impact throughout the city. The Institute…

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