Deaconess Nurse Ministry

Deaconess Nurse Ministry Provides Hope, Help in Desperate Situation

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | January 13, 2022

One late afternoon, Deaconess Nurse Ministry, based in St Louis, Mo., received a phone call from a case worker who was trying to help Ms. M, a 65-year-old woman living in her car. The case worker told Deaconess about Ms. M’s case — she was trying to get her into a shelter before the dangerously cold…

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Inaugural Fellowship Proving Fruitful for UCC Fellow Essence Ellis and Her UCC Colleagues

By Barb Powell | December 13, 2021

In her first six months as the Council for Health and Human Service Ministries (CHHSM)/Justice and Local Church Ministries (JLCM) UCC Fellow, Essence Ellis has attended meetings, networked with a variety of UCC people across the denomination, worked with experts from various CHHSM member organizations, and found the time to author articles and resources for…

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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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Racial Equity, COVID-19 Ramifications to Focus Workshop Topics for CHHSM’s Annual Gathering

By Barb Powell | December 10, 2020

The UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries is planning a variety of meaningful workshops during its virtual Annual Gathering — Together in Hope — which takes place online March 2-4, 2021. The workshops, offered by several CHHSM members and partners, are designed to include presentations as well as real-time discussion on topics affecting…

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September Be A Voice Advocacy Toolkit Focuses on Health Care Access

By Barb Powell | September 10, 2020

In the quest to provide medical and community health services in their local areas, many CHHSM members are on the front lines of helping people shut out of normal avenues to health care access. One example is Chicago, where UCC-related Advocate Aurora Health partners with other area faith-based organizations in the Avondale Faith and Health…

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St. Louis City Fund Supports Deaconess Nurse Ministry Outreach to Older Adults

By Barb Powell | September 2, 2020

The nurses of Deaconess Nurse Ministry in St. Louis assist clients in venues as varied as free clinics, food pantries, local churches and more. In recent years, one way they’ve been able to provide care is through financial support from the St. Louis City Senior Fund. “We have received funding for the last three years…

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Food Insecurity is July Focus of ‘Be A Voice Advocacy Toolkit’

By Barb Powell | July 13, 2020

Social injustices are becoming more obvious and recognizable during this time of the coronavirus pandemic, and CHHSM’s faith-based health and human service ministries are continuing and strengthening their outreach in their local communities. One main area of focus is food insecurity, the topic of the July installment of the Be A Voice Health and Human…

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Three CHHSM Direct Service Providers Receive Safety Net Grants from United Way of Greater St. Louis

By Barb Powell | July 13, 2020

On June 17, the Rev. Donna Smith-Pupillo RN, executive director of Deaconess Nurse Ministry in St. Louis, received the good news from United Way of Greater St. Louis that Deaconess had been named a Safety Net grant recipient. At about the same time, Emmaus Homes and Unleashing Potential were notified that they, too, were grant…

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Serving Leadership Key in Deaconess Nurse Ministry’s Work

By Barb Powell | June 3, 2020

For the nurses at Deaconess Nurse Ministry (DNM) in St. Louis, serving others is a calling. Especially during the current pandemic, their role in providing support and care to families in need is critical. One recent story illustrates the need. When the Rev. Donna Smith-Pupillo RN, executive director of Deaconess, read an email from Elizabeth…

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CHHSM Member Organizations Find Creative Ways to Serve During Coronavirus Outbreak

By Barb Powell | April 13, 2020

From phone calls, online chats and social media postings to Zoom, Skype, and Facebook video gatherings, CHHSM members are adapting to almost daily changes in health care requirements while serving their residents and clients. “The world changes overnight,” says Chris Cox, president and CEO of Hoyleton Youth & Family Services in Fairview Heights, Ill. “Plans…

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