Council for Health and Human Service Ministries

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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UCC General Synod overwhelmingly passes CHHSM-sponsored resolution on gun violence

By Barb Powell | July 4, 2017

After 30 minutes of deliberation, delegates to the United Church of Christ’s 31st General Synod tonight (July 3) passed a Resolution of Witness calling for research into gun violence and declaring gun violence a public health emergency. The resolution, sponsored by the UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries, passed with a 97 percent…

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United Church Homes and Services Aims to ‘Stock the Shelves’ at Abernethy Laurels

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | July 1, 2017

United Church Homes and Services (UCHS) recently held a campaign to Stock the Shelves of the new Abernethy Laurels Health and Rehabilitation Center. “An outpouring of generous financial and in-kind support made the campaign a success,” shared Nancy Beard, President of UCHS Foundation. “The doors will open on phase one of the new Health and Rehabilitation…

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Home is the Historic Neighborhood of the UCC’s Blue Springs Terrace

By Barb Powell | June 29, 2017

The best-kept secret in Missouri is on a small residential block just southwest of the Blue Springs, Mo., business district. There, 13 houses that make up the United Church of Christ’s Blue Springs Terrace dot the tree-lined street where retired UCC and Disciples pastors and full-time church office staff live. Blue Springs Terrace was the…

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Innovative Youth Services Agency Receives UCC’s Genesis Fund Grant

By Barb Powell | June 21, 2017

A new, game-changing “Restorative Justice” program at the United Church of Christ’s Charles Hall Youth Services in Bismarck, N.D., just received a boost in the form of a $12,000 grant from the denomination’s Office of Philanthropy and Stewardship. The Genesis Fund Grant –– specifically for new initiatives in Christian mission, or those that may be…

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Embrace Living Residents and Employees ‘Sew Ugly’ for Synod

By Barb Powell | June 20, 2017

The United Church of Christ’s Embrace Living Communities in Illinois are finishing up their “ugly quilts” just in time for this summer’s General Synod in Baltimore, Md. “Ugly Quilts” describe sleeping bags that are being collected during Synod for homeless persons in the geographic area covered by the UCC’s Central Atlantic Conference, host of this…

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