Art Therapy Provides Window into the Soul for St. John’s Community Care Clients

By Barb Powell | November 11, 2020

*The name of the client in this article is changed to protect her privacy. When “June”* began the Art Therapy Counseling Program at St. John’s Community Care Day Center in 2017, she was angry all the time: Angry with her husband’s advanced Alzheimer’s disease and angry with her own recent Alzheimer’s diagnosis. During group sessions,…

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Emmaus Homes Implements Technology Update Giving Clients Access to Healthcare and More

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | October 26, 2020

Emmaus Homes recently implemented a technology update to 69 client homes. The update is benefiting about 225 people with disabilities living in St. Louis. The technology includes new iPads and software in all of Emmaus’ service locations. Especially now, due to COVID-19, this technology provides Emmaus clients with a new level of access to essential…

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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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‘Understanding Historical Trauma’ Workshop Helps Open the Door to Discussion and Healing

By Barb Powell | October 7, 2020

When Niquanna Barnett, in-home family therapist and intake specialist at UCC-related Orion Family Services in Madison, Wis., developed the workshop “Understanding Historical Trauma: How to Heal and Move Forward” and presented it at the CHHSM Annual Gathering in Memphis this past March, she knew it wasn’t going to be a one-time event. She had plans…

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St. John’s Community Care Helps Start PIN Sticker Program to Assist Persons with Communication Barriers

By Barb Powell | October 5, 2020

Thanks to UCC-related St. John’s Community Care — based in Collinsville, Ill. — and the Madison County Elder Resources TRIAD program, a free new program is available to residents of the local Madison County that will help police officers appropriately respond and assist persons with communication impairments. The PIN (Potentially Impaired or Nonverbal Person) Sticker…

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New Braunfels, Texas, Heads to the Drive-In to Benefit EdenHill Communities

By Barb Powell | October 3, 2020

An old saying goes, “Necessity is the mother of invention.” For UCC-related EdenHill Communities, a life plan community in New Braunfels, Texas, the adage has particular meaning, thanks to a new twist on an old idea. Earlier this year, EdenHill’s second annual “A Night in New Old Braunfels” — a fundraiser that benefits the CHHSM…

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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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Proposed Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation (MFAR) Withdrawn

By Barb Powell | September 21, 2020

Thanks to pressure from health and human service nonprofit organizations, including CHHSM, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced Sept. 14 that it will not move forward with the proposed Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation (MFAR). If finalized, MFAR would have jeopardized key nursing home financing policies, including life plan community provider tax exemptions and…

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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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‘Hugging Booth’ a Hit at UCC-related Phoebe Allentown

By Barb Powell | September 10, 2020

Residents of Phoebe Allentown Health Care Center — one of the Phoebe’s older adult communities in Pennsylvania — now can share safe hugs with loved ones during in-person visits, thanks to a creative idea developed by Kelly Bock, Phoebe Allentown’s director of environmental services. After several months of quarantine to mitigate the spread of COVID-19,…

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