Annual Gathering: Faith Keeps Us Striving for Innovation and Collaboration

By Barb Powell | March 19, 2024

The Council for Health and Human Service Ministries’ (CHHSM) 86th Annual Gathering, held March 12-14, 2024, in St. Louis, explored its theme of Innovation and Collaboration through meaningful worship, inspiring workshops and keynotes, and joyful conversations. This year’s Gathering was based on an Ecclesiastes Bible passage, and its meaning was a thread running throughout the…

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UCAN Recognizes Seven Youth Leaders in Annual Awards Banquet

By CHHSM Staff | August 11, 2023

The excitement ran high June 1, as seven Chicago-area youth received Youth Leadership Awards at the 24th annual UCAN YLA awards dinner at The Four Seasons in Chicago. The annual event benefits not only the youth, but UCAN as well. This year, the event raised $832,835 for UCAN’s youth programming. The awards are presented to…

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CHHSM’s 85th Annual Gathering Filled with Renewal, Justice, and Hope

By Barb Powell | March 17, 2023

Connection. If one word can sum up three days of worship, workshops, keynotes, meetings, and social gatherings, it’s connection — at least in terms of the 85th Annual Gathering of the UCC Council for Health and Human Service Ministries, themed “Together through Mountains and Valleys” and held March 7-9 in Denver. “The 85th Annual Gathering…

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UCAN Panel Highlights Difficulties Encountered at Intersectionality of Race in the LGBTQ+ Community

By Barb Powell | June 13, 2022

An important webinar sponsored by CHHSM member UCAN took place June 4 and delved into overcoming the obstacles persons of color in the LGBTQ+ community face daily. The event was introduced and closed by members of UCAN’s Pride Alliance Employee Resource Group. Pride Alliance works to educate, support, and advocate so UCAN employees are respected,…

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Worship, Keynotes, Workshops, Celebrations, Meeting In Person Highlight CHHSM Annual Gathering

By Barb Powell | March 16, 2022

From the introduction of the Rev. Dr. Alton B. Pollard III — president of Louisville Presbyterian Seminary — as opening keynoter to the Rev. Dr. Jamesetta Ferguson’s (MOLO Village) powerful words during the closing worship service, CHHSM’s 84th Annual Gathering was a time of reflection, celebration, healing, and looking ahead that left attendees praising its…

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Annual Gathering to Include Meaningful Workshops and an Event App for Keeping Up to Date

By Barb Powell | February 11, 2022

Among the many highlights of each CHHSM Annual Gathering are the workshops, offered by friends, members, and partners. This year’s event, “Forward Together,” will be held March 8-10 in Louisville, Ky., and features workshops ranging from staff development to justice and advocacy. And helping attendees navigate the many offerings will be the Annual Gathering event…

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For Chicago-based UCAN, DEI is a Way of Living and Working

By Barb Powell | January 12, 2022

Increased awareness in societal racism due to recent racist-based killings has led many organizations to examine how best to work for an antiracist society. For example, CHHSM and many of its member agencies have developed and committed to new Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) strategies for just that goal. But at CHHSM member UCAN in…

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Creation of RDEI Standing Committee, Commitment to Anti-Bias and RDEI Training Highlight CHHSM Board’s November Meeting

By Barb Powell | December 13, 2021

An increased commitment to Race, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (RDEI) marked the recent meeting of the Council for Health and Human Service Ministries Board, held Nov. 15-17 in Chicago. The meeting was the first in-person and Zoom hybrid meeting since the COVID-19 pandemic began, and was held at three Chicago-area CHHSM member sites: UCAN on…

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LifeSet Pilot Program at Hoyleton and UCAN Helping Youth Successfully Move into Adulthood

By Barb Powell | August 13, 2021

A three-year pilot program in Southern Illinois is helping CHHSM members meet the needs of youth in their care. Hoyleton Youth and Family Services in Fairview Heights, Ill., and UCAN in Chicago are participating in LifeSet, an intensive hands-on, youth-driven approach to helping young people in the child welfare system transition into successful adulthood. LifeSet…

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UCAN Elects Christa Hamilton President and CEO

By CHHSM Staff | August 10, 2021

The UCAN Governing Board has elected Christa A. Hamilton as president and CEO of the 152-year-old youth services organization that provides a continuum of services to more than 21,000 children, youth and families around Chicago. Hamilton comes to UCAN from Centers for New Horizons on Chicago’s South Side where she has served as CEO since…

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