Orion Family Services

Quilting Tradition Aids Orion’s Youth and Families in Need

By CHHSM Staff | November 9, 2022

“Orion Quilts” have been a unique part of the culture of Orion Family Services for decades — at least since the early 1940s. They are provided by our United Church of Christ partners — made by local church quilting groups — across Wisconsin. At the program’s inception, the quilts were provided to youth entering Orion’s residential facility…

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Orion Family Services’ DEI Workshop Well-Received During CHHSM Annual Gathering

By CHHSM Staff | May 9, 2022

Orion Family Services, based in Madison, Wis., played an active role during this year’s Annual Gathering, held in Louisville, Ky., in March. Two Orion staffers — Niquanna Barnett, community integrated services supervisor and in-home therapist, and Executive Director and CEO Stacey Parke — presented a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) workshop on everything the Orion Inclusivity,…

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Orion Family Services Receives Qualified Treatment Trainee Grant to Help Increase the Number of Licensed Mental Health Professionals in Wisconsin

By Barb Powell | April 11, 2022

Orion Family Services, based in Madison, Wis., recently received a University of Wisconsin (Whitewater) Qualified Treatment Trainee (QTT) grant. The program, funded by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, is coordinated with the University’s Center for Inclusive Transition, Education and Employment. It is designed to increase the quality of training and reflective supervision for supervisors…

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Worship, Keynotes, Workshops, Celebrations, Meeting In Person Highlight CHHSM Annual Gathering

By Barb Powell | March 16, 2022

From the introduction of the Rev. Dr. Alton B. Pollard III — president of Louisville Presbyterian Seminary — as opening keynoter to the Rev. Dr. Jamesetta Ferguson’s (MOLO Village) powerful words during the closing worship service, CHHSM’s 84th Annual Gathering was a time of reflection, celebration, healing, and looking ahead that left attendees praising its…

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Annual Gathering to Include Meaningful Workshops and an Event App for Keeping Up to Date

By Barb Powell | February 11, 2022

Among the many highlights of each CHHSM Annual Gathering are the workshops, offered by friends, members, and partners. This year’s event, “Forward Together,” will be held March 8-10 in Louisville, Ky., and features workshops ranging from staff development to justice and advocacy. And helping attendees navigate the many offerings will be the Annual Gathering event…

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In Atypical Year, 2020 Annual Report Focuses on Ways CHHSM and Its Member Adapt and Serve with ‘Justice and Grace — Together’

By Barb Powell | June 25, 2021

The UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries announced June 24 the release of its 2020 Annual Report. The online report centers on the responses of CHHSM and its member ministries to the dual public health crises of the past year: COVID-19 and systemic racism. The report is focused on the theme, “Justice and…

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CHHSM’s Virtual Annual Gathering a Success, Thanks to Active Participation, a Seamless Online Platform, and Incredible Presentations

By Barb Powell | March 11, 2021

Inspirational, motivational, soul-feeding … and just plain fun. These are some of the words used by attendees to describe the recently concluded 83rd Annual Gathering of the UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries, held virtually March 2-4, 2021. Attendance records were shattered at the three-day event: some 335 CHHSM members and friends registered…

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Author Curtice Discusses Personal, Collective Storytelling as Groundwork for Dismantling Racist Systems in Opening Keynote of CHHSM Annual Gathering

By Barb Powell | March 11, 2021

CHHSM’s 83rd Annual Gathering, held online March 2-4, 2021, focused on the theme “Together in Hope.” During the opening keynote address from noted author Kaitlin Curtice, the theme quickly expanded into the hope of beginning anew to build a more just, caring and compassionate world. Curtice is an enrolled citizen of the Potawatomi Nation —…

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Racial Equity, COVID-19 Ramifications to Focus Workshop Topics for CHHSM’s Annual Gathering

By Barb Powell | December 10, 2020

The UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries is planning a variety of meaningful workshops during its virtual Annual Gathering — Together in Hope — which takes place online March 2-4, 2021. The workshops, offered by several CHHSM members and partners, are designed to include presentations as well as real-time discussion on topics affecting…

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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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