Unique Art-Inspired Fund Raiser Bolsters UCC-related Unleashing Potential’s Programs

By CHHSM Staff | December 10, 2019

Each fall in St. Louis, more than 200 business and community leaders gather for Art & Soul, an opportunity to celebrate the role of art in helping children and to raise funds for UCC-related Unleashing Potential. Now in its ninth year, Art & Soul was held Nov. 1 at the Four Seasons Hotel in St.…

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It Only Takes a Spark: United Church Outreach Ministry’s Crucial Role in Helping Community Members Succeed

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | December 2, 2019

by BettyBeth Johns, community development manager, United Church Outreach Ministry (UCOM) in Wyoming, Mich. Alexandra’s UCOM journey began with a small letter-sized poster hanging in the food pantry: If you want to learn to take charge of your financial future, sign up for FREE financial literacy classes here at UCOM. Something sparked in her. She…

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UCAN Program Supervisor Awarded UCAN President’s Coin

By Barb Powell | November 26, 2019

By Carly Hanson, UCAN Decades ago, he was a gang chief. Today, he’s helping youth on Chicago’s West Side follow a different path. “They tell you not to take your job home with you but . . . you do,” says Martin “Marty” Murff, a program supervisor with UCAN’s Violence Intervention and Prevention Services. “It’s…

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CHHSM Joins UCC Effort to Abolish Medical Debt for Low-Income Families

By CHHSM Staff | November 21, 2019

In order to support United Church of Christ efforts to relieve thousands of low-income families of medical debt, the UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries has instituted a matching gift of $15,000. The donation will be contributed to the UCC Giving Tuesday campaign to relieve medical debt. Giving Tuesday takes place Dec. 3…

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UCC-related Elon Homes’ Foster Care Village Meets, Surpasses Two-Year Goals

By Barb Powell | November 11, 2019

The data is in, and it’s stunning! In its first two years of operation, UCC-related Elon Homes’ Foster Care Village has met or exceeded its goals in providing care and assistance to its young adult residents. From residents enrolling in further education or finding jobs to learning more about household finance and credit counseling, the…

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UCC-related Puentes de Esperanza Finds Traditional Celebrations a Way to Raise Awareness While Serving Its Latinx Clients

By Barb Powell | October 11, 2019

A young family may bring a favorite photo of a beloved grandparent. A parent may offer the favorite dessert of a deceased child. A widower may leave a bouquet of flowers. In Mexican culture, these simple acts are part of the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration, traditionally held Oct. 31-Nov. 2…

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UCC-related Plymouth Harbor Residents are Rockin’ the Storybooks at Local Grade School

By Barb Powell | October 11, 2019

“A told B and B told C, ‘I’ll meet you at the top of the coconut tree.’ … Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Will there be enough room?” Last spring, snatches of story floated through the air of the Media Center at Bay Haven, a magnet school in Sarasota, Fla. Kindergarteners sat in rapt attention as…

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United Church Outreach Ministry Creates Opportunities for Neighbors Through Walking Program

By Barb Powell | October 11, 2019

Old and young, new neighbors or long-time residents — every Wednesday morning at 11 a.m., they don walking shoes and meet at United Church Outreach Ministry’s (UCOM) offices in Wyoming, Mich., for a jaunt around the neighborhood. The walking club was the brainchild of UCOM staff. When a weekly “Sit and Be Fit” class led…

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Nollau To You Expands to Introduce ‘Serving Leadership’ to Larger Audience

By Barb Powell | September 12, 2019

Surprises are always at the forefront when UCC Council for Health and Human Service Ministries faculty lead Nollau To You seminars. Two recent versions of the one-day, serving leadership training sessions were no exception, particularly because both included new ways of bringing the event to UCC-related constituencies. From July 31 to Aug. 2, CHHSM held…

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CHHSM Members Reap Benefits of Generous UCC Ohio Conference Grants

By Barb Powell | August 8, 2019

At Crossroad Child & Family Services in Fort Wayne, Ind., a Defiance (Ohio) College student is gaining hands-on experience and assisting staff in her chosen field. Emmaus Homes in St. Charles, Mo., is advancing a program to strengthen relationships between clients and volunteers. United Church Homes, based in Marion, Ohio, is holding workshops featuring narrative…

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