United Caring Services

Executive Director: United Caring Services (UCS)

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | October 6, 2022

POSITION SUMMARY: The Executive Director of United Caring Services provides organizational leadership and oversees administration, operations, and service provision. Implements the strategic vision co-developed with the UCS Board of Directors, philanthropic sustainability, and ethical practices. Serves as the chief executive officer engaging stakeholders to promote and support the mission, vision, and values of United Caring…

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United Caring Services Takes On Homelessness through Permanent Housing Programs

By Barb Powell | August 11, 2022

United Caring Services in Evansville, Ill., is well known for many of its shelter programs: a day shelter; men’s night shelter and women’s night shelter; recuperative care program providing a place for homeless individuals to stay after discharge for a hospital; and “white flag” program, providing seasonal night shelter to men, women and children during…

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United Caring Services Expands White Flag Program for Winter Months

By CHHSM Staff | November 19, 2021

Every year, the seasonal White Flag program at UCC-related United Caring Services (UCS) in Evansville, Ind., serves countless numbers of people experiencing homelessness, providing a warm place to shelter overnight when the temperature dips below freezing. When UCS puts out the white flag, people know the overnight shelter will be open that evening. But this…

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In Atypical Year, 2020 Annual Report Focuses on Ways CHHSM and Its Member Adapt and Serve with ‘Justice and Grace — Together’

By Barb Powell | June 25, 2021

The UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries announced June 24 the release of its 2020 Annual Report. The online report centers on the responses of CHHSM and its member ministries to the dual public health crises of the past year: COVID-19 and systemic racism. The report is focused on the theme, “Justice and…

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Interfaith Partners from the Islamic Society of Evansville Bolster United Caring Services During Pandemic

By Barb Powell | May 11, 2021

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many CHHSM agencies that provide food, shelter, and other services to homeless persons and lower-income individuals are without their normal contingent of volunteers. But this has created a benefit: to compensate, CHHSM members across the country have forged new partnerships in their local communities. One example is United Caring Services…

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United Caring Services Finds Space for Winter Shelter Program, Thanks to Community Partners

By CHHSM Staff | November 20, 2020

As the cold weather approached, United Caring Services (UCS) in Evansville, Ind., worried about how to house guests who use its shelter on the coldest nights of the season. COVID-19 safe practices made its current space no longer large enough to house the 70-to-80 people who use the overnight sleeping accommodations during extremely cold winter…

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Pandemic Creates Needs, Forces New Solutions for United Caring Services

By Barb Powell | August 10, 2020

When the COVID-19 stay at home orders were issued in March, CHHSM member United Caring Services (UCS) knew it had to continue to help the local Evansville, Ind., community it serves. UCS provides emergency and essential services via its day shelter, men’s and women’s night shelters, medical respite, and apartments, and has not closed any…

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Food Insecurity is July Focus of ‘Be A Voice Advocacy Toolkit’

By Barb Powell | July 13, 2020

Social injustices are becoming more obvious and recognizable during this time of the coronavirus pandemic, and CHHSM’s faith-based health and human service ministries are continuing and strengthening their outreach in their local communities. One main area of focus is food insecurity, the topic of the July installment of the Be A Voice Health and Human…

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United Caring Services Flies Lifesaving Flag of Dignity for People Who are Homeless

By Barb Powell | January 10, 2019

The white flag was out again last night (Jan. 9). In Evansville, Ind., the white flag flying outside the day shelter at United Caring Services indicates that the shelter will provide respite from the winter weather for the night. Begun in 2010, United Caring Services’ White Flag program fills a much-needed gap in caring for…

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United Caring Services’ Volunteer Fair Dispels Myths Surrounding Homelessness

By Barb Powell | March 4, 2017
Volunteers assisting in kitchen for homeless

It takes many hands and hearts to create a community of caring. For United Church of Christ-related United Caring Services in Evansville, Ind., that means taking volunteer recruitment up a notch through its first-ever Volunteer Fair, to be held March 14 at the UCS facility (324 NW Sixth Street). The event promises to be both educational…

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CHHSM Board and Staff are grieved to learn of the death of our friend and colleague, Greg Watson, who died in October 2022. Greg was vice president of operations for Embrace Living Communities, based in Oak Brook, Ill.Greg was a graduate of CHHSM’s Nollau Leadership Institute, class of 2018-2019, and was consecrated as a Diakonal Minister during our 2019 Annual Gathering in Chicago. In an article about his class in June 2018 — not long after the group’s first retreat — Greg said, “The best part is not only beginning the process of clarifying your calling; but also, understanding and accepting one’s personal strength. Recognition of one’s ‘true' self enables us to serve from a place of wholeness.”Greg also served on the CHHSM Board of Directors, and was a beloved friend and colleague to many in the CHHSM family. Embrace Living stated on its website, “Greg was an outstanding servant leader for 17 years at Embrace Living Communities. He will be greatly missed.”CHHSM sends its prayers and love to Greg’s friends, family, and Embrace Living colleagues. ... See MoreSee Less
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