RHF Celebrates Outgoing President and CEO’s 34 Years of Service

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | January 5, 2021

By Chris Ragon, vice president of communications, RHF Reprinted with permission from RHF Today. In 1986, the Rev. Dr. Laverne Joseph was asked to serve on the RHF National Board of Directors. He was the senior pastor for one of the largest congregations in the United Church of Christ. His ministry included a number of…

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Celebrating the Past: Looking to the Future

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | January 5, 2021

By the Rev. Dr. Laverne R. Joseph Reprinted with permission from RHF Today. As many of you have heard, I will be retiring at the end of February. I have worked well beyond what is considered normal retirement because I have enjoyed it and observed the difference that the RHF mission makes in the lives…

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Retirement Housing Foundation Names Stuart Hartman Next President and CEO

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | November 13, 2020

Retirement Housing Foundation (RHF), one of the nation’s largest providers of affordable housing and services for older adults, working-class families and persons with disabilities, announced Nov. 5, 2020, that their National Board of Directors has selected Stuart Hartman as president and CEO of RHF, effective March 1, 2021. Until that time, Hartman will continue in his current…

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CHHSM Store Saves Members Money that can be Used for Ministry Instead

By Barb Powell | August 13, 2020

Sometimes Care Purchasing Services (CPS) — the group purchasing agent behind the CHHSM Store — provides much needed items at a cost savings during emergencies, as in the current COVID crisis. But other times, CHHSM members save money in quiet ways that can go unnoticed until the savings is realized. A good example of this…

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Retirement Housing Foundation and City of Pasadena Work Together to Preserve Affordable Housing

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | July 13, 2020

The Concord, a 149-unit affordable apartment community for low-income seniors, is scheduled to begin a $17 million renovation in mid-July. It is part of the Retirement Housing Foundation‘s (RHF) family of communities. Plans include renovating all common areas, adding a computer lab for residents and creating a media area. Additionally, the outdoor area will receive…

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Retirement Housing Foundation Stalwart Trnka dies at 90

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | June 18, 2020

The Rev. John Edward Trnka Sr., D.Min., age 90, of Newburgh, Ind., passed quietly from this life on Saturday, June 13, 2020, at his home, surrounded by his family. Trnka was known as many things: Reverend, Doctor, Air Force officer, Chaplain, mentor, friend, Diplomate, Chairman of the Board, Shriner, (Moolah, St Louis) Cardinals fan, Disney-lover,…

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Advocacy Toolkit: June Release Features Needs and Care of Older Adults

By Barb Powell | June 10, 2020

The role of the church and its ministries in serving and advocating for the needs of older adults is the focus of the June installment of the Be A Voice Advocacy Health and Human Services Toolkit. A project of the UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries (CHHSM) and Justice and Witness Ministries (JWM)…

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UCC Council for Health and Human Service Ministries Releases Statement on ‘Pandemic of Systemic Racism’

By Barb Powell | June 4, 2020

The Board and staff of the UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries (CHHSM) recently released a statement calling systemic racism a pandemic and pledging an increased financial commitment, additional programming, and a larger focus on advocacy work to end systemic racism. The statement was issued at the end of the Board’s virtual Zoom…

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Sending Mother’s Day Love with Flowers

By Barb Powell | May 12, 2020

During Mother’s Day weekend, moms and grandmas across the country — including in several Retirement Housing Foundation affordable housing communities — received a lovely surprise. Thanks to a partnership between CPS — the group purchasing agent behind the CHHSM Store — and Lowe’s, these mothers and grandmothers received surprise flower baskets. The arrangements were delivered…

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Retirement Housing Foundation President and CEO Joseph to Retire

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | January 29, 2020

The National Board of Directors of UCC-related Retirement Housing Foundation (RHF) has announced that the Rev. Laverne R. Joseph will be retiring as president and CEO of RHF on March 1, 2021. “While we know that it will be difficult to replace his strong leadership,” Board Chair Ray East stated, “it is the responsibility of…

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