One historic outreach within the UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries is providing services to and advocating with and for persons with disabilities. And, as the August installment of the Be A Voice Health and Human Services Advocacy Toolkit — produced by CHHSM and the UCC’s Justice and Witness Ministries office in Washington,…

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By David Waltemeyer, Chair, CHHSM Board It says in James 1 to be doers of the word and not hearers only. Conversely, when questioned by the religious leaders of his day, Jesus himself replied that the two greatest commandments, if followed, would fulfill all the commandments: we are to love God and we are to…

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UCC-related Peppermint Ridge in Corona, Calif., kicked off its 60th Anniversary celebration Feb. 2 with “60 Years of Dreams Realized,” an evening of music, dinner, heartfelt speeches, and an auction held at nearby Hidden Valley Golf Club in Norco, Calif. The Ridge, which helps empower persons with disabilities through a variety of activities and types…

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Residents and staff at UCC-related Peppermint Ridge in Corona, Calif., are preparing for the grand opening of a new Activity/Community Center later this winter. The center is the result of nearly three years of planning, preparation, and fundraising and will benefit not only the “Ridgers,” as residents are called, but the wider Corona community. “We…

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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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Peppermint Ridge — a United Church of Christ-affiliated organization based in Corona, Calif., that serves persons with disabilities — was recognized June 6 as a California Nonprofit of the Year. But at the award ceremony, The Ridge was first, and unique, among equals. Two of the region’s legislators — Sen. Richard Roth (D-Calif.) and Assembly…

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“Smokey!” Raymond’s voice rang out across the No Drama Ranch in Norco, Calif. For most passersby on that clear Saturday morning, the moment might not have seemed like much. But for Raymond and the staff of the United Church of Christ’s Peppermint Ridge arriving for his therapeutic riding session, it was a profound and proud…

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Freddy K, 31, startled several golfers when he introduced himself as 7 years old during a fundraiser for Peppermint Ridge, a CHHSM ministry in Corona, California. After a shocked silence, the attendees laughed along with Freddy, who lives in one of the organization’s residential homes for people with developmental disabilities and explained that he had…

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David Waltemeyer felt drawn to the Nollau Institute immediately after hearing about it. Now halfway through his experience as a member of the 2014 class, he’s thankful he made the decision to apply. “I have lifelong friends that before 2014 I didn’t know who they were,” he says. “That’s been amazing.” Waltemeyer, who serves as…

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