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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Cape Albeon Breaks Ground on New Secure Memory Care Apartments

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | September 1, 2020

Cape Albeon, a nonprofit, faith-based lakeside retirement and assisted living community located in southwest St. Louis county, held a groundbreaking project kickoff for their new Secure Memory Care apartments homes on Tuesday, Aug. 25. “We are so thrilled to add ‘The Cove’ to our wide variety of care options,” said Carol DiSanza, Executive Director at…

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United Church Homes’ Trinity Community Helps Neighbors and Deployed Troops Mask Up

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | August 29, 2020

When federal and state officials encouraged and later mandated the use of cloth face masks to slow the spread of COVID-19, residents and staff at Trinity Community at Miami Township — a United Church Homes community in Dayton, Ohio — got to work. Within a few days, the independent living community’s marketing director, Molly Blumer,…

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Disability Justice is Focus of August Be A Voice Advocacy Toolkit

By Barb Powell | August 14, 2020

One historic outreach within the UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries is providing services to and advocating with and for persons with disabilities. And, as the August installment of the Be A Voice Health and Human Services Advocacy Toolkit — produced by CHHSM and the UCC’s Justice and Witness Ministries office in Washington,…

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Pandemic Creates Needs, Forces New Solutions for United Caring Services

By Barb Powell | August 10, 2020

When the COVID-19 stay at home orders were issued in March, CHHSM member United Caring Services (UCS) knew it had to continue to help the local Evansville, Ind., community it serves. UCS provides emergency and essential services via its day shelter, men’s and women’s night shelters, medical respite, and apartments, and has not closed any…

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Carolina SeniorCare Staff Work Together to Fill Need for Masks

By Barb Powell | July 29, 2020

Unusual times often help people to step up, band together, and accomplish tasks they wouldn’t have tried alone. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to be one of those times. For staff at Carolina SeniorCare — a Lexington, N.C., nonprofit provider of PACE services sponsored by United Church Homes and Services, a Newton, N.C.-based ministry providing older…

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Retirement Housing Foundation and City of Pasadena Work Together to Preserve Affordable Housing

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | July 13, 2020

The Concord, a 149-unit affordable apartment community for low-income seniors, is scheduled to begin a $17 million renovation in mid-July. It is part of the Retirement Housing Foundation‘s (RHF) family of communities. Plans include renovating all common areas, adding a computer lab for residents and creating a media area. Additionally, the outdoor area will receive…

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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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Arcadia Family of Companies Finds Successful Ways to Re-Open Some Resident Activities in its Life Plan Communities

By Barb Powell | July 10, 2020

As some communities across the United States begin loosening COVID-19 restrictions, so, too, are many CHHSM member organizations. The Arcadia Family of Companies, based in Honolulu, recently reopened several activities in its Life Plan Communities of Arcadia and 15 Craigside. Careful restrictions and rules are in place to ensure safety, but thanks to responsible residents…

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