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Readinger to Retire in 2022; CHHSM Board to Begin Search in September

By Barb Powell | August 13, 2021

Michael J. Readinger, president and CEO of the United Church of Christ’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries (CHHSM), has announced that he will retire in April 2022. The CHHSM Board has retained the services of the Equius Group in order to conduct a thorough and diverse search for the position. “I cannot express…

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It All Starts at Home

By CHHSM Staff | August 13, 2021

This month, Mike invited our newest employee, Essence Ellis — CHHSM and JLCM United Church of Christ Fellow — to author an article. This column originally appeared in the Justice and Local Church Ministries’ Witness for Justice. By Essence Ellis  The national eviction ban ended on July 31. While tens of thousands of people attended…

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First-Ever CHHSM/UMA Webinar for Child, Youth, and Family Service Ministries Provides Inspiration, Practical Tools for the Future

By Barb Powell | August 13, 2021

Innovative tools for helping nonprofit outreach with children, youth and families were the focus of a first-ever joint webinar Aug. 11 from the UCC Council for Health and Human Service Ministries (CHHSM) and sister organization the United Methodist Association of Health and Welfare Ministries (UMA). “Building a Resilient Ministry” featured a keynote address by career…

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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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CHHSM Retreat Sept. 8 Offers UCC Heartland Conference Chance to Explore Emerging Leadership and Change in the Context of Racial Justice

By Barb Powell | August 10, 2021

The UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries (CHHSM) and regional Heartland Conference is sponsoring “Emerging Leadership,” a one-day virtual retreat Sept. 8, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The free, online retreat is open to all conference staff, local church ministers and church members, and Conference Designated Ministries employees, who can register online.…

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United Church Homes Offers Internships and Opportunities to Young Professionals

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | August 10, 2021

By Ashley Bills, Communication Manager. Reprinted with permission from United Church Homes. An interest in generational diversity and an opportunity to witness the services provided to older adults are some of the factors that piqued the interest of United Church Homes (UCH) intern, Dennis Kyles. A recent political science graduate of UCC-related Tougaloo (Miss.) College,…

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Advocate Aurora Health Honored with U.S. News & World Report Recognition, Practice Greenhealth Award

By CHHSM Staff | August 6, 2021

Advocate Aurora Health has announced its recent honors from U.S. News & World Report and Practice Greenhealth. A total of 19 of the health system’s adult hospitals were named to the U.S. News & World Report ‘Best Hospitals’ list, and one — Advocate Children’s Hospital — was recognized as a top pediatric hospital.   “The last year and a half tested our team members in new and difficult ways,…

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Hundreds Arrested in D.C. as Poor People’s Campaign presses for voting rights, $15 minimum wage

By Guest Contributor | August 4, 2021

By Connie Larkman, UCC News. This story originally appeared in the Aug. 3 e-blast of UCC News. Reprinted with permission. “When you lift from the bottom, everybody rises.” With that message, the Poor People’s Campaign brought public pressure for change to Washington, D.C., on Monday. The peaceful protest for voting rights and a living wage…

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CHHSM Among Faith Groups Sending Letter to Congress Urging Permanent Expansion of Tax Credits

By Barb Powell | August 4, 2021

The UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries (CHHSM) is among the more than 80 faith-based organizations who sent a letter to members of Congress Aug. 3, thanking them for the one-year expansions of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CC) programs in the American Rescue Plan. But the letter…

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