Rider to Retire from Crossroad in 2021

By Barb Powell | July 29, 2020

Crossroad Child & Family Services, based in Fort Wayne, Ind., has announced that Randall J. Rider, president and CEO since 2006, will retire in January 2021. Rider joined Crossroad in 1980 as a therapist and team leader. His ability to lead was quickly noted: Rider was promoted to director of professional services in 1994 and…

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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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Advocate Aurora Health, Beaumont Health Explore Partnership Through Non-binding Letter of Intent

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | June 17, 2020

UCC-related Advocate Aurora Health and Beaumont Health have been exploring a potential partnership. Following approval last week by the Boards of Directors, today both organizations signed a non-binding letter of intent that paves the way to deeper discussions to create a leading health care system that would span across Michigan, Wisconsin and Illinois. “We are…

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UCC Council for Health and Human Service Ministries Releases Statement on ‘Pandemic of Systemic Racism’

By Barb Powell | June 4, 2020

The Board and staff of the UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries (CHHSM) recently released a statement calling systemic racism a pandemic and pledging an increased financial commitment, additional programming, and a larger focus on advocacy work to end systemic racism. The statement was issued at the end of the Board’s virtual Zoom…

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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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Advocate Aurora Health’s Lutheran Hospital Creates Pilot Program to Identify, Support Victims of Human Trafficking

By Barb Powell | May 13, 2020

A few years ago, Karen Stanford, manager of the emergency department at Advocate Lutheran Hospital — part of Advocate Aurora Health — in Park Ridge, Ill., learned how important it is to recognize and help victims of human trafficking. In a conversation with her children, her daughter — then 12 — casually mentioned that someone…

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Advocacy for Children, Youth, and Families is Toolkit Focus for May

By Barb Powell | May 11, 2020

Lauren, 19, had aged out of foster care. Without hope, she had drifted from place to place, living in various shelters or on the streets, sleeping at friends’ houses. Then, a therapist from TAYLRD — part of Seven Counties Services, a community mental health agency based in Louisville, Ky. — encouraged Lauren to go to…

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Alumna Betty Mull shares fond memories of life at Bethany Children’s Home

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | March 25, 2020

By Jennifer Koch, archivist at UCC-related Bethany Children’s Home in Womelsdorf, Pa. Koch recently sat down with former Bethany resident Betty Mull, her brother Edward, and their family. Betty came to Bethany at the age of 2, in 1927. Below are some of Betty’s thoughts and memories of Bethany. Edward also chimes in from time…

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Isaiah 58 Ministries’ Christmas Store Outreach Helps Provide Joy to St. Louis-area Families

By Barb Powell | December 10, 2019

Each December in communities across the United States, local churches and agencies hold “adopt-a-family” events to help provide Christmas gifts to low-income families. For many years, UCC-related Isaiah 58 Ministries in St. Louis partnered with one such program, but saw the need to serve even more families. So six years ago, it expanded the idea.…

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