Crossroad Child & Family Services Announces New President and CEO

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | November 10, 2020

Corinna England, chair of the Crossroad Child & Family Services Board, is pleased to announce the appointment of David Mullins as president and CEO of Crossroad Child & Family Services, based in Fort Wayne, Ind. He begins his new role Jan. 6, 2021, succeeding current Crossroad president and CEO Randall J. Rider, who retires in January.…

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Foster Care Agency Charles Hall Closes Residential Services Operations and Treatment Program Serving At-Risk Youth in North Dakota

By CHHSM Staff | October 26, 2020

UCC-related Charles Hall Youth and Family Services in Bismarck, N.D., was forced to close its Qualified Residential Treatment Program (QTRP) Oct. 24 due to major funding shortages in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the residential program is closing, Gayla Sherman, executive director of programs & resource development, said Charles Hall will continue to…

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Bethany Children’s Home Staff Members Pull Together to Create School-like Atmosphere for Students

By Barb Powell | October 6, 2020

With the COVID-19 pandemic affecting all aspects of social interaction and activities, many local school districts had difficulty developing safe plans for the new school year. Agencies serving children and youth — including several CHHSM members — felt the impact of that uncertainty. In the Womelsdorf, Pa., area, the local school district finished its virtual…

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A Pandemic Journal: How Back Bay Mission was Able to Reopen Safely and Quickly

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | September 23, 2020

This article appeared in a recent issue of Changing Tides, Back Bay Mission’s quarterly magazine. After “Shelter in Place” was declared in Mississippi, the Micah Day Center closed for eight days while staff clarified its status as an essential service. The modifications described in the story were made after the Center reopened — usually on…

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UCC’s Wilson to Lead Children’s Defense Fund

By Guest Contributor | September 12, 2020

As America finds itself immersed in a new movement to end racial and economic injustice, the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) today announced the appointment of the Rev. Dr. Starsky Wilson to be the next president and CEO of the nation’s leading child advocacy organization. Wilson is a national thought leader in racial justice, community organizing,…

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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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United Church Outreach Ministry Receives Special Designation from West Michigan United Way

By Barb Powell | September 10, 2020

The staff of United Church Outreach Ministry (UCOM) in Wyoming, Mich., recently received a special honor. Heart of West Michigan United Way surprised the UCC-related organization with a United Way Partner of the Year Award. While UCOM receives funding from United Way — it had already received $60,000 for each of three years, 2020-2023 —…

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Arcadia Kupuna and Local High School Seniors Learn about Each Other During Capstone Project

By Barb Powell | September 10, 2020

The residents of Arcadia — a UCC-related life plan community in Honolulu — take their volunteering seriously. This past spring, for example, they participated in the Punahou Capstone Project with the local Punahou School. Organized by resident Ellen Chapman, the multi-week project helped the high school seniors find connecting threads with the older adults. The…

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14 Advocate Aurora Locations Named ‘Best Hospitals’ by U.S. News & World Report

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | September 1, 2020

Advocate Aurora Health announced in July that 13 of the health system’s adult hospitals were named to the U.S. News & World Report ‘Best Hospitals’ list in addition to Advocate Children’s Hospital, which was recognized this summer as a top pediatric hospital.   “Even in the face of one of the most difficult years we have experienced as a health care organization, our physicians, nurses and team members have once again…

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Pottery-Making Day Enchants Youth Participants at Bethany Children’s Home

By Barb Powell | August 13, 2020

For a dozen or so youth at Bethany Children’s Home in Womelsdorf, Pa., July 15 was extra special. The youth were treated to a special pottery-making day, thanks to Linda Aragon, Bethany’s art instructor, who hosted visiting artist Hadley Wiktor. Wiktor, who specializes in ceramics and fiber arts, led three groups of youth in pottery…

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