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Cedar Community Makes U. S. News List of Best Independent Living Communities

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | June 8, 2022

Cedar Community in West Bend, Wis., is one of the senior living communities recognized by U.S. News & World Report that earned “Best” status by achieving the highest possible rating for independent living. U.S. News awarded the 2022 designation of Best Senior Living only to those communities that satisfy U.S. News’s objective statistical assessment of…

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Deaconess Nurse Ministry Foot Care Clinic Becomes Moment of Healing for Clients

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | June 8, 2022

A foot care clinic at the Trinity Episcopal food pantry in St. Louis provided a much-needed ministry for people experiences homelessness. The clients not only received expert foot care, but also loving care and a spiritual refresh, thanks to nurses from Deaconess Nurse Ministry (DNM), including the Rev. Donna Smith-Pupillo, RN, BSN, DNM’s executive director.…

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Hoffman Homes for Youth Receives Nonprofit of Year Award

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | June 8, 2022

Hoffman Homes for Youth in Littlestown, Pa., recently received We were the Non-Profit of the Year award from the New Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce. The award was presented by Heather Laughman, chamber board member and owner of HD Entertainment, LLC. Laughman also is a Hoffman Homes donor and friend. “It has been an extremely…

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United Church Homes’ Parker Center Celebrates Five Years of Ministry

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | June 8, 2022

By Catherine West for United Church Homes. Reprinted with permission from Spirit Magazine, Spring 2022. This year marks the five-year anniversary of the establishment of an important donor-sponsored initiative of United Church Homes (UCH): the Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging (RFPCAA). The center’s primary goal is to transform how society views aging through…

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Howard Named Vice President of Residential Programming for Seven Counties Services/Bellewood & Brooklawn

By CHHSM Staff | June 8, 2022

Seven Counties Services/Bellewood & Brooklawn — based in Louisville, Ky. — announced in early June the promotion of staff member Alison Howard to vice president of residential programming. In her new role, Howard will provide administrative and clinical oversight of all residential programs, ensuring that services directors provide adequate and effective leadership to all aspects…

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‘Let the Service Begin’

By Jamar Doyle | May 12, 2022
Jamar Doyle

As I have continued my outreach to the CHHSM community, I’ve met so many wonderful people, sharing in many thought-provoking conversations that have left me with new ideas and perspectives on work, service, and faith. One such conversation was with the leadership of First Church UCC in Phoenix. During our conversation, the Rev. Susan Valiquette,…

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UCC Fellow Essence Ellis Plays Key Role in New Reproductive Justice Toolkits to be Released Next Month

By Barb Powell | May 12, 2022

Part of UCC Fellow Essence Ellis’ work includes participation in the UCC Justice and Local Church Ministries (JLCM) Washington office’s Reproductive Justice Working Group. And her main focus in that group has been helping to develop a set of state-specific toolkits, which are slated to be released next month on the heels of the Supreme…

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CHHSM’s Rev. Jerry Paul Scholar Program for Seminarians is Accepting Applications for 2022-2023 School Year

By Barb Powell | May 12, 2022

The UCC Council for Health and Human Service Ministries has opened applications for the 2022-2023 Rev. Jerry Paul Scholar. The CHHSM Scholar program is open to seminary students interested in learning more about ministry in faith-based health and human service nonprofit organizations. The program is tailored to the individual seminarian, and runs during each school…

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Harm Reduction Curriculum Pilot Program Offers New Path for Overcoming Drug Overdose Epidemic

By Barb Powell | May 11, 2022

A new curriculum pilot program currently underway in the UCC’s Heartland Conference holds the promise of increased harm reduction and overdose prevention. It’s the first undertaking of the conference’s Heartland Harm Reduction and Overdose Prevention Network, of which the Rev. Dr. Elyse Berry, CHHSM’s associate for advocacy and leadership development, is a part. In one…

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Music Therapist at St. John’s Community Care Brings Increased Vitality to Adults with Memory Disorders

By Barb Powell | May 10, 2022

For years, St. John’s Community Care, based in Collinsville, Ill., has integrated music into its programs for people with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and other cognitive disorders. But having a professional music therapist was always beyond its budget capacity. So when a donor asked Nancy Berry, executive director, what program St John’s couldn’t offer due to…

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