St. John’s Community Care

St. John’s Community Care Appoints New Executive Director

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | April 19, 2022

St. John’s Community Care has announced that Christine Stewart is the organization’s new executive director. An experienced leader, Stewart assumes her new duties May 2, 2022. She succeeds Nancy Berry who, after 34 years as executive director, retires May 31. Christine comes to St. John’s from Alberta, Canada, where she led the Canadian Mental Health…

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St. John’s Community Care Awarded $50,000 Grant from AgeSmart

By CHHSM Staff | December 6, 2021

St. John’s Community Care in Collinsville, Ill., recently was awarded a $50,000 grant from AgeSmart, a Fallon, Ill.-based organization that administers grants to nonprofit organizations serving older adults, caregivers, and grandparents raising grandchildren in Southwest Illinois. The grant will be used to underwrite three of St. John’s programs. “St. John’s Community Care is blessed to…

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St. John’s Community Care’s Berry Honored as Woman of Distinction by YWCA

By CHHSM Staff | August 23, 2021

Nancy Berry, executive director of St. John’s Community Care in Collinsville, Ill., has been nominated and selected as one of YWCA of Alton (Ill.)’s Women of Distinction. Berry was part of the class of 2020 honorees who were celebrated along with the 2021 selections at the end of August. Berry’s journey with St. John’s Community…

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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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