Hoyleton Youth and Family Services

CHHSM Annual Gathering Provides Meaningful Focus on Learning and Growing Ministry Together

By Barb Powell | March 12, 2019

The Council for Health and Human Service Ministries’ 81st Annual Gathering, held March 5-7 in Chicago, sent CHHSM members home filled with inspiration and hope, and armed with new information and renewed partnerships. “The Annual Gathering was a wonderful event that provided me the opportunity to see long-time friends and make new ones,” says Lee…

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UCC’s Hoyleton Family and Youth Services Workshops Help Youth Make Wise Life Choices and Avoid Substance Abuse

By Barb Powell | December 6, 2018

This past September, 6th-grade students in various Southern Illinois schools discovered a different sort of curriculum on their class schedules, thanks to UCC-related Hoyleton Youth and Family Services: a life skills curriculum geared toward substance abuse prevention. The in-school partnership between Fairview Heights-based CHHSM ministry and the schools allows Hoyleton’s substance abuse Prevention Specialists to…

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United Church of Christ CHHSM Ministries Serve Others Amid Opioid Crisis

By Barb Powell | August 13, 2018

M. battled opioid addiction for almost two decades. First oxycodone and alcohol. When that wasn’t enough to numb his anguish, cocaine. Finally, heroin. Two days after being released from a short-term recovery program, M. relapsed. As the injected heroin coursed through his veins, his dangerously-enlarged heart gave out. At the age of 39, M. lost…

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CHHSM Family and Children Ministries Called to Love Neighbor, Children by Serving ‘Strangers Among Us’

By Barb Powell | July 11, 2018

In keeping with the United Church of Christ’s 3 Great Loves initiative, CHHSM’s child, youth and family service ministries often are on the front lines in providing support and care to migrant and immigrant persons. While challenges such as language and cultural barriers are unique, CHHSM members are finding that many of the needs immigrant…

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United Church of Christ’s Hoyleton Youth and Family Services works to prevent child sex trafficking

By Barb Powell | September 28, 2017

Groomed, flattered, tricked. Violated. Children as young as 8, as old as 17, often are easy marks for child sex and/or labor traffickers in the United States. And once trapped, the children can’t escape without help. In Illinois, United Church of Christ-related Hoyleton Youth and Family Services works with community and federal partners to help…

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United Church of Christ’s Hoyleton Youth and Family Services Program Builds ‘Bridges of Hope’ in Southern Illinois

By Barb Powell | August 30, 2017

The United Church of Christ’s Hoyleton Youth and Family Services has a long history of helping to create a better world for the children and families it serves. But with increased violence and prejudice against communities of color, one of its programs — Puentes de Esperanza (Bridges of Hope) — has taken on heightened significance, especially among the swiftly-growing Latinx population in southwest Illinois.

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