Orion Family Services

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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Orion Family Services Creates Emergency Assistance Fund

By Barb Powell | September 1, 2020

The Orion Family Services Board of Directors has created the “Orion Family Services Emergency Assistance Fund.” This fund will provide grant money to Orion consumers and families experiencing financial emergencies or other barriers. Grants for up to $500 will be provided for things such as unexpected car repairs, clothing for job interviews, assistance with security…

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Inspired CHHSM Annual Gathering Focuses on Justice and Grace — Together

By Barb Powell | March 12, 2020

From a pre-conference visit to the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel — where the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated — to the Rev. Traci Blackmon’s stirring words during the closing worship, the UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries’ 82nd Annual Gathering left attendees moved, inspired, and recommitted…

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Space is Limited: Enroll in the 2020-2021 Nollau Leadership Institute Now!

By Barb Powell | January 13, 2020

The UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries announced today (Jan. 6) that enrollment for the 2020-2021 class of its Nollau Leadership Institute is now open. “The Nollau Leadership Institute helps participants focus on spiritual formation and preparation for serving leadership,” says Michael J. Readinger, CHHSM president and CEO. “As CHHSM’s signature program, the…

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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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Local Church Partnership Helps UCC’s Orion Family Services Better Serve Rural Wisconsin Community

By Barb Powell | March 4, 2019

Sometimes, all it takes to increase services to a wider community is the help of friends. That adage proved true in November 2018, when Orion Family Services — based in Madison, Wis. — officially opened a new outpatient mental health site in nearby rural Green County. The new clinic is located at Monroe House, owned…

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UCC’s Orion Family Services Finds Support from 500 ‘Attic Angels’

By Barb Powell | October 24, 2018

Earlier this year, some angels descended from the attic and smiled on UCC-related Orion Family Services in Madison, Wis. The Attic Angel Association — begun in 1889 by two Wisconsin sisters who brought armloads of goods from their attic to share with children from families who lived in poverty — awarded Orion a partial Community…

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