Couple Played Key Role in United Church Homes Acquisition

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | August 24, 2017

United Church Homes faced opposition and concern from some Glenwood Community residents when the nonprofit organization sought to acquire the community from Memorial Health System. But Roger and Sally Roberts, who have lived at Glenwood for seven years and have been leaders on the residents’ council, helped to convince others the purchase would bring about positive…

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Become An Edger For Bethany Children’s Home

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | August 23, 2017

Bethany Children’s Home has launched their 2nd annual fundraising and marketing campaign in partnership with VA Productions, Shillington PA called Over the Edge to create awareness of the services they provide for local youth who have experienced trauma in their lives. Over the Edge is known for its signature rappelling fundraising events all over the…

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UCC’s ‘Age-Friendly Congregations’ Curriculum Helps Churches Minister Effectively to All Ages

By Barb Powell | August 21, 2017

How does a local United Church of Christ congregation answer the needs of older adults and live into the UCC’s Great Love of Neighbor? The UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries has an answer. Age-Friendly Congregations is a new curriculum that helps local churches developing meaningful programming for their members. “Age-Friendly Congregations ……

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Town, Church, and Retirement Community Blend Together, Benefit All

By Barb Powell | August 17, 2017

At the United Church of Christ’s Uplands Village, a continuing care, affordable retirement community in Pleasant Hill, Tenn., it’s often hard to tell where the CHHSM-member ministry ends and the community begins. And that’s just the way everyone likes it. Uplands is a community within a community. Its 300 residents, including many retired UCC pastors,…

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Nollau Leadership Institute Creates Servant Leaders Across UCC

By CHHSM Staff | August 14, 2017
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Most people might not associate “servant leadership” with financial institutions. But Chuck Hollingsworth would beg to differ. Hollingsworth, who is chief lending officer for the United Church of Christ’s Cornerstone Fund, participated in the Council for Health and Human Service Ministries’ Nollau Leadership Institute last year, and came away with new perspectives on implementing the…

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From the President, August 2017

By Michael Readinger | August 14, 2017
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Simmering summer greetings Friends!  Hopefully you are enjoying the season with some family time, some vacation time and some time to get ready for the seasons ahead. Here at CHHSM, we are pleased to announce the return of the Rev. Loey Powell as Executive Associate to the President/CEO. As Loey reprises her role (remember she…

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CHHSM Report Highlights Ministries Providing Affordable Housing to Vulnerable U.S. Populations

By CHHSM Staff | August 12, 2017

The United Church of Christ’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries today (Aug. 11) released a report on the number of affordable housing units among CHHSM members. Across the United States, CHHSM-member ministries provide more than 20,000 affordable housing apartments. “We are proud that our CHHSM members fight for and provide low-income housing for…

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UCC-related Brewster Place Refresh Brings Innovation to Senior Life

By Barb Powell | August 12, 2017

The United Church of Christ’s Brewster Place, a 54-year-old community for older adults in Topeka, Kan., has one basic philosophy: a holistic approach to providing the programming and services needed for its residents to thrive. To that end, the community is in the middle of a $21-million, three-year project to modernize and renovate the 30-acre…

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Intergenerational Campers Make New Friends at Camp Ageless

By Barb Powell | August 8, 2017

When staffers at United Church of Christ-related Patriot Ridge Community, a senior living community in Fairborn, Ohio, were challenged to create innovative programming for the residents, one of the activities they created was guaranteed to turn ageism on its ear: Camp Ageless, a one-day, intergenerational event. The third annual camp took place Aug. 4 on…

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UCC’s Archway Housing and Services, Inc., constructs affordable housing in Colorado

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | August 7, 2017

The United Church of Christ’s Archway Housing and Services, Inc., a key mission affiliate of the Rocky Mountain Conference-UCC, is making noteworthy progress in in its efforts to construct and manage affordable housing units in Colorado. Established in 1995, by 2014 Archway had created and was operating six apartment communities containing 361 units in Metro…

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