Neighborhood Houses

Educational Future is Bright, Thanks to UCC-Related Unleashing Potential’s Scholarship Grants

By Barb Powell | July 30, 2019

Some 25 years ago, St. Louis-based Unleashing Potential (UP) started the William Diersing Scholarship Fund to help lower-income youth and families in St. Louis further their academic goals. In June, eight UP program participants were honored as this year’s fund recipients. At an awards ceremony June 10, Darlene Sowell, president and CEO, presented the $1,500…

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Beloved Community, Love of Children to Highlight Opening Worship of CHHSM Annual Gathering

By Barb Powell | February 5, 2018

Attendees gathered for the opening service of the UCC Council for Health and Human Service Ministries’ Annual Gathering will experience a celebration and affirmation of CHHSM work in a particularly unique way. The service, to be held March 1 at the Deaconess Center for Child Well-Being in St. Louis, will include a consecration of the…

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Things are Looking ‘UP’ Towards ‘Unleashing Potential’ for Children and Families Served by UCC-Related Neighborhood Houses

By Barb Powell | December 8, 2017

In a move to remain at the forefront of children and family services in St. Louis, the United Church of Christ-affiliated Neighborhood Houses of St. Louis, announced recently that it is changing its name officially to Unleashing Potential (UP). Along with the name change is a shift in how services are delivered to children and…

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Neighborhood Houses Helps St. Louis Youth Explore Future

By CHHSM Staff | September 15, 2016

Recent high school graduate Emmanuel Futrell had never visited a four-year college, and even the thought of being away from his family was a bit unsettling. But an unexpected campus visit this summer changed his perspective. The trip to LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis, arranged by CHHSM member Neighborhood Houses, a St. Louis youth services organization,…

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CHHSM Organizations Support Ferguson During Crisis

By CHHSM Staff | January 14, 2015

For CHHSM organizations serving the Ferguson, Missouri, area, recent events have led them to find new ways to step in and serve a devastated community. Ferguson, a St. Louis suburb, made headlines last August when an unarmed African-American teen was fatally shot by a white police officer. The town, which was already struggling with poverty…

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CHHSM Mobilizes to Support Ferguson

By CHHSM Staff | October 14, 2014

CHHSM convened more than a dozen members Sept. 26 to discuss the current situation in Ferguson, Missouri, where Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old black man, was shot by a white police officer in early August. The incident, which triggered continuing rioting and protests, prompted CHHSM to explore ways members could work together to serve ongoing health and…

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