Crossroad Child & Family Services

Makerspace Gives Students at Crossroad Room to Create

By Barb Powell | October 11, 2022

The staff at Crossroad Academy, part of Crossroad Child & Family Services in Fort Wayne, Ind., knew they were on to something after the school became a project-based learning New Tech Academy during the pandemic. The response from the youth to the shift toward experiential learning was positive, and students and teachers continue to be…

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Chief Development Officer: Crossroad Child & Family Services

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | September 6, 2022

Chief Development Officer for non-profit behavioral health treatment center.  They are responsible for: The communication of the agency philosophy, purpose, and programs to all publics, including referral sources, individuals, foundations/grantors, corporations, service organizations, and the churches and conferences to which the agency relates. They are responsible for leading the agency to meet its annual fundraising goals…

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First Retreat Fills 2022-2023 Nollau Leadership Institute Class with Personal Leadership Discoveries

By Barb Powell | July 13, 2022

The newest class of CHHSM’s Nollau Leadership Institute began its year in retreat, held June 27-July 1 at the Cedar Valley Retreat Center in West Bend, Wis. The first of three retreats held during the year-long Institute, the June gathering focused on personal leadership growth and experiences. “During the retreat, we discussed not only what…

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Worship, Keynotes, Workshops, Celebrations, Meeting In Person Highlight CHHSM Annual Gathering

By Barb Powell | March 16, 2022

From the introduction of the Rev. Dr. Alton B. Pollard III — president of Louisville Presbyterian Seminary — as opening keynoter to the Rev. Dr. Jamesetta Ferguson’s (MOLO Village) powerful words during the closing worship service, CHHSM’s 84th Annual Gathering was a time of reflection, celebration, healing, and looking ahead that left attendees praising its…

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CHHSM’s Heartland Conference Retreat on Emergent Leadership Brings Surprise, Spirit to Attendees

By Barb Powell | September 13, 2021

A recent virtual retreat on Emergent Leadership gave both participants and presenters hope for the future. Held virtually Sept. 8, the free retreat from the UCC Council for Health and Human Service Ministries (CHHSM) was attended by Heartland Conference staff, congregants, local church pastors, and the conference’s designated partner ministries. The retreat was made possible…

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First-Ever CHHSM/UMA Webinar for Child, Youth, and Family Service Ministries Provides Inspiration, Practical Tools for the Future

By Barb Powell | August 13, 2021

Innovative tools for helping nonprofit outreach with children, youth and families were the focus of a first-ever joint webinar Aug. 11 from the UCC Council for Health and Human Service Ministries (CHHSM) and sister organization the United Methodist Association of Health and Welfare Ministries (UMA). “Building a Resilient Ministry” featured a keynote address by career…

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CHHSM Retreat Sept. 8 Offers UCC Heartland Conference Chance to Explore Emerging Leadership and Change in the Context of Racial Justice

By Barb Powell | August 10, 2021

The UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries (CHHSM) and regional Heartland Conference is sponsoring “Emerging Leadership,” a one-day virtual retreat Sept. 8, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The free, online retreat is open to all conference staff, local church ministers and church members, and Conference Designated Ministries employees, who can register online.…

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Year-in-Review: CHHSM Board Examines Work on Race, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion with Eye on Future Actions

By Barb Powell | June 14, 2021

The CHHSM Board of Directors, meeting online June 7-9, focused a large portion of its meeting reviewing the commitments made by the Board, staff, and members in the June 2020 statement on the pandemic of systemic racism. At the top of the list was the final report of the organization’s recently completed Race, Diversity, Equity,…

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Project-Based Learning to Enhance Crossroad Academy Students’ Education and Life Skills

By Barb Powell | April 12, 2021

Crossroad Academy, the on-campus school of Crossroad Child & Family Services in Fort Wayne, Ind., is introducing an innovative system of education for the 2021-2022 school year. The academy — accredited by the Indiana Department of Education and AdvanceED — is joining the New Tech Network, which incorporates project-based learning in a student-centered method of…

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CHHSM’s Virtual Annual Gathering a Success, Thanks to Active Participation, a Seamless Online Platform, and Incredible Presentations

By Barb Powell | March 11, 2021

Inspirational, motivational, soul-feeding … and just plain fun. These are some of the words used by attendees to describe the recently concluded 83rd Annual Gathering of the UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries, held virtually March 2-4, 2021. Attendance records were shattered at the three-day event: some 335 CHHSM members and friends registered…

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