St. John’s Community Care

Art Therapy Provides Window into the Soul for St. John’s Community Care Clients

By Barb Powell | November 11, 2020

*The name of the client in this article is changed to protect her privacy. When “June”* began the Art Therapy Counseling Program at St. John’s Community Care Day Center in 2017, she was angry all the time: Angry with her husband’s advanced Alzheimer’s disease and angry with her own recent Alzheimer’s diagnosis. During group sessions,…

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St. John’s Community Care Helps Start PIN Sticker Program to Assist Persons with Communication Barriers

By Barb Powell | October 5, 2020

Thanks to UCC-related St. John’s Community Care — based in Collinsville, Ill. — and the Madison County Elder Resources TRIAD program, a free new program is available to residents of the local Madison County that will help police officers appropriately respond and assist persons with communication impairments. The PIN (Potentially Impaired or Nonverbal Person) Sticker…

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St. John’s Community Care’s Memory Cafés Provide Social Opportunities for People with Memory Loss and their Caregivers

By Barb Powell | March 6, 2020

UCC-related St. John’s Community Care in Collinsville, Ill., has been serving older adults and persons with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia and memory loss since 1985. But recently, they found a way to provide a service that not only benefits the person with memory loss, but the person’s caregiver, too — Memory Cafés. Memory…

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For UCC-related St. John’s Community Care, Financial Realities Yield Difficult Choices, Renewed Direction for the Future

By Barb Powell | September 11, 2019

When UCC-related St. John’s Community Care started its Home Services Program 34 years ago, it filled an important niche — providing services to older adults in the community who had no means of getting the care they needed. But over time, communities change. For the Collinsville, Ill., CHHSM member, this meant competition with 19 other…

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Older Adults and Young Children Find Life is Better With Grandfriends

By CHHSM Staff | June 10, 2019

A terrific idea has turned into a successful program and partnership for UCC-related St. John’s Community Care in Collinsville, Ill. St. John’s is partnering with We Rock The Spectrum Kids Gym in nearby Edwardsville to host intergenerational music classes called Grandfriends. We Rock The Spectrum is a  gym where children of all abilities can play…

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Youth make new friends at St. John’s Community Care Adult Day Program in Illinois

By CHHSM Staff | November 10, 2018

Junior and Senior High youth group members from St. John Evangelical UCC in Collinsville, Ind., recently made lasting memories with participants in nearby St. John’s Community Care Adult Day program. When St. John associate pastor the Rev. Katie Jo Bielke found out the youth group members had a day off of school, she invited them…

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St. John’s Community Care Founder Celebrates 30 Years of Compassion

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | July 10, 2018

As the founder and executive director of Collinsville (Ill.)-based St. John’s Community Care reflects upon three decades of caring compassionately for aging and disabled individuals, Nancy Berry says the common thread is a desire to help not only the aged and disabled, but their caregivers, too. Turning the clock back to 1983, two years before…

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Answering God’s call, Illinois UCC Church Grows Ministry for Caregivers and their Loved Ones

By Barb Powell | April 5, 2018

What do you do when you feel God’s call? At St. John Evangelical United Church of Christ in Collinsville, Ill., church members acted. Called to serve people who were home bound, they created St. John’s Community Care in 1985 to help not only home-bound individuals, but their families as well. On April 28, St. John’s…

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