United Church of Christ’s Servant Leaders to Look ‘Toward Tomorrow’ at CHHSM Annual Gathering

By Barb Powell | January 8, 2019

In today’s changing landscape, UCC health and human service ministries often find that their work is complicated, regardless of the size of the organization or the populations served. As a response, the Council for Health and Human Service Ministries’ Annual Gathering in March will focus on the ways in which such ministries can learn and…

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History Meets Social Media as UCAN Celebrates 150 Years of Service

By Barb Powell | November 6, 2018

UCAN, a Chicago-based CHHSM member ministry serving youth in crisis, is recognizing its sesquicentennial in a unique and creative way: each day for the 150 days leading up to its birthday, UCAN will be using various social media platforms to share interesting facts about its history. “The graphics and posts will be made daily and,…

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Nollau Institute Participants Find Perspectives Changed Through Classmates

By Barb Powell | June 8, 2018

With the first of three retreats completed, CHHSM’s 2018-2019 Nollau Institute participants are well on their way to discerning what servant leadership means to them in their lives and careers. Already, this year’s class has come away with new insights and several surprises. For Linda Dailey, executive director of United Church Homes’ Glenwood Retirement Community…

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UCAN Youth Goes on Trip of a Lifetime

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | February 28, 2018

By Carly Hanson “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” We all know this quote that makes us feel close to Mahatma Gandhi’s legacy and impact, but not many of us get to experience the place where he became the “Father of the Nation.” Anthony “Tony” Green, a UCAN youth…

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Listening to Teens: Conversations Lead to Renewed Partnerships Between United Church of Christ-related Organizations in Chicago

By Barb Powell | January 5, 2018

When a group of executives from United Church of Christ-related Advocate Healthcare recently sat down with youth from the UCC’s UCAN in Chicago, the outcome was beyond the average “let us give you advice” results. “Our purpose was to help our senior leaders experience UCAN firsthand through a visit to its new facility, and to…

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Polar Peace Marchers Advocate, Raise Funds for United Church of Christ’s UCAN

By Barb Powell | November 10, 2017

This coming January, a different sort of march takes place in Chicago that not only honors the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., but supports efforts to end gun violence in the city. The Polar Peace March takes place Jan. 18, 2018, from 4 to 6 p.m. Founded four years ago by UCAN — a United…

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Graffiti, Native Traditions Converge in Life-Changing Trip for Chicago’s UCAN Youth

By Barb Powell | February 17, 2017
Dancing at RedCan Graffiti Jam

Thanks to a fusion of the graffiti art movement and Lakota culture, this summer promises to be an experience of a lifetime for 15 at-risk youth receiving care and support through United Church of Christ-related UCAN in Chicago. The youth will participate in the Cheyenne River Youth Project’s third annual RedCan Graffiti Jam, June 29-July 1…

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Still Standing: Artist Celebrates Resilience of Chicago Youth

By CHHSM Staff | November 16, 2016

When Gerald Griffin was a freshman in high school, his family moved to the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago where he began attending a brand new, fully equipped high school. “I was in an English class, doodling when I should have been finishing my paper, and this girl looked over my shoulder and said, ‘That’s really…

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UCAN Works On All Fronts to Curb Gun Violence

By CHHSM Staff | August 14, 2016

To address the multi-faceted issue of youth gun violence, United Church of Christ-related UCAN knows it has to take more than one approach to the problem. UCAN, a Chicago organization that serves more than 10,000 at-risk youth, starts in the schools. Through its Hands Without Guns program, mentors help high school students explore alternatives to violence.…

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UCAN Announces Zack Schrantz as New CEO

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | February 25, 2016

After nearly 29 years of leading youth services agency UCAN from a shelter with one program for 50 boys and girls that was on the brink of closing to the forefront of youth welfare organizations in Chicago, CEO Thomas Vanden Berk has announced his transition to CEO Emeritus beginning in July 2016. In that role, he…

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