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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Special COVID-19 Grant to Help Hoyleton’s Puentes de Esperanza Provide for Immigrant Families

By Barb Powell | May 13, 2020

Puentes de Esperanza — Bridges of Hope has received a grant to assist immigrant families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Part of Hoyleton Youth & Family Services in Fairview Heights, Ill., Puentes is one of 13 organizations throughout Illinois benefitting from the grant from the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR). “We are…

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Phoebe Kicks off National Skilled Nursing Care Week with ‘Connecting Hearts’ Matching Campaign

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | May 12, 2020

UCC-related Phoebe Ministries — based in Allentown, Pa. — has just launched “Connecting Hearts,” a matching fundraising campaign in celebration of National Skilled Nursing Care Week. The CHHSM ministry hopes to raise $50,000 by May 31. Since COVID is hitting nursing homes and long-term care facilities particularly hard, Phoebe is asking potential donors to contribute…

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Sending Mother’s Day Love with Flowers

By Barb Powell | May 12, 2020

During Mother’s Day weekend, moms and grandmas across the country — including in several Retirement Housing Foundation affordable housing communities — received a lovely surprise. Thanks to a partnership between CPS — the group purchasing agent behind the CHHSM Store — and Lowe’s, these mothers and grandmothers received surprise flower baskets. The arrangements were delivered…

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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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Community Answers Emmaus Homes’ Call to ‘Fill the Van’ During Give STL Day

By Barb Powell | May 8, 2020

From dawn till midnight on May 7, community members from across St. Louis turned out in force bearing toilet paper, cleaning supplies, and other essential items to help UCC-related Emmaus Homes “Fill the Van.” The goal was to fill Emmaus Homes’ 15-seat van with much-needed supplies for its clients. Monetary donations also came in online,…

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CPS Partnership to Bring Joy on Mother’s Day to Moms in Affordable Housing Communities

By Barb Powell | May 5, 2020

A unique partnership between CPS — the group purchasing agent behind the CHHSM Store — and Lowe’s will spread a little floral sunshine to mothers and grandmothers across the country who live in retirement communities and may be feeling isolated during the pandemic crisis. Among the communities receiving flower baskets for residents will be several…

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Volunteer Couple Making a Difference at Cedar Community

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | May 5, 2020

Reprinted with permission from Spring 2020 Live More magazine of Cedar Community. Although Bill and Margie Bailey are not able to volunteer during the pandemic, they look forward to resuming their work when it is safe to do so. Bill and Margie Bailey did not have any personal connection to Cedar Community, based in West…

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Lake Prince Woods Resident Sews to Serve

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | April 1, 2020

By Joy Cline A lifetime of sewing has led resident Mildred Hall to fulfilling a purpose at Lake Prince Woods, a continuing care community of United Church Homes and Services in Suffolk, Va. In a short period of time, Hall has sewn more than 50 face masks and donated them to the community. The spread…

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St. John’s Community Care’s Memory Cafés Provide Social Opportunities for People with Memory Loss and their Caregivers

By Barb Powell | March 6, 2020

UCC-related St. John’s Community Care in Collinsville, Ill., has been serving older adults and persons with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia and memory loss since 1985. But recently, they found a way to provide a service that not only benefits the person with memory loss, but the person’s caregiver, too — Memory Cafés. Memory…

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