Youth Send Powerful Messages of Love and Determination During UCAN Awards

By Barb Powell | June 12, 2019

Every day, the staff at UCC-related UCAN in Chicago works hard to help teens turn their lives around through counseling, advocacy, family and individual social service programs, youth leadership development, and education. But on June 6 at UCAN’s 20th annual Youth Leadership Awards, the staff and the wider Chicago community had the chance to hear…

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Reflections on the Miami Valley LGBT Horizons of Aging Summit

By Guest Contributor | June 11, 2019

The first Miami Valley LGBT Horizons of Aging Summit was held in February at Sinclair Conference Center in Dayton, Ohio. Co-sponsored by United Church Homes and Rainbow Elder Care of Greater Dayton, the event was a huge success, with more than 200 attendees. With more than 15 breakout sessions over two days, people serving older…

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Orion Family Services Benefits from Nollau Leadership Institute

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | June 10, 2019

Recently, UCC-related Orion Family Services in Madison, Wis., published this article in its newsletter. Orion — a private, nonprofit CHHSM member that serves children, adolescents and families throughout Wisconsin — wanted to share the experiences of four of its staff members who have completed the Nollau Leadership Institute and become consecrated as Diakonal Ministers. Orion’s…

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Serving Leadership

By Michael Readinger | May 14, 2019

In our work with the Nollau Leadership Institute we focus on the tenets of the CHHSM value proposition: Bold Vision, Shared Values and Inspired Leaders. It is done in a subtle way as we use the curriculum in the three retreats to help shape the current and future leaders of our member ministries. This year’s…

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CHHSM Ready to Shine its Light on Delegates to General Synod 32

By Barb Powell | May 12, 2019

During most biennial General Synods of the United Church of Christ, the Council for Health and Human Service Ministries spends its time lifting up member ministries and distributing information about the great programs and people of CHHSM. But as the Presenting Sponsor of this year’s event — taking place at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee,…

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Three Great Loves

By Michael Readinger | April 12, 2019

If you are wondering about the name of this column, I assure you that it is intentional. Yes, we have been talking about the 3 Great Loves for more than two years now. And, I am happy to say, the United Church of Christ has committed to continuing with this initiative for the next biennium!…

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UCC-related Bethany Children’s Home Provides Helping Hands to Migrant Children in Search of their Families

By CHHSM Staff | April 9, 2019

Imagine this scenario: you are 12 years old, and almost 2,000 miles away from the only home you’ve ever known. All you want is to be reunited with the family for whom you’ve traveled to the United States. To aid children like you, UCC-related Bethany Children’s Home in Womelsdorf, Pa., is providing shelter, resources and…

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Uplands Village a Community ‘Gone Wild’ in Caring for Environment

By Barb Powell | April 9, 2019

On the Cumberland Plateau in the eastern Tennessee town of Pleasant Hill, the strong-willed residents of the United Church of Christ’s Uplands Village have a long tradition of social justice activism. But theirs is not an abstract participation: close to home, Uplanders are passionate about saving the environment for the benefit of all God’s creatures.…

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For Residents of UCC-related Peppermint Ridge, Helping Others is a Blessing

By Barb Powell | January 23, 2019

At UCC-related Peppermint Ridge — a residential community for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Corona, Calif. — the Volunteer Club meets regularly to find new ways of giving back to its neighbors. This past Christmas season, the “Ridgers” decided to make “blessing bags” for homeless persons. The bags are filled with snacks, toiletries,…

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United Caring Services Flies Lifesaving Flag of Dignity for People Who are Homeless

By Barb Powell | January 10, 2019

The white flag was out again last night (Jan. 9). In Evansville, Ind., the white flag flying outside the day shelter at United Caring Services indicates that the shelter will provide respite from the winter weather for the night. Begun in 2010, United Caring Services’ White Flag program fills a much-needed gap in caring for…

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