Unleashing Potential

Unleashing Potential Receives $10,000 Grant from Bayer Fund for Youth STEM Activities

By CHHSM Staff | April 2, 2021

UCC-related Unleashing Potential (UP) recently received a $10,000 grant from the Bayer Fund to support Experience STEM Program activities for youth enrolled in after school and summer enrichment programs sites located in Missouri’s St. Louis, Ferguson/Florissant and University City School Districts. The grant will fund weekly hands-on activities, including Quirkles science experiments, LEGO WeDo robotics,…

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CHHSM’s Virtual Annual Gathering a Success, Thanks to Active Participation, a Seamless Online Platform, and Incredible Presentations

By Barb Powell | March 11, 2021

Inspirational, motivational, soul-feeding … and just plain fun. These are some of the words used by attendees to describe the recently concluded 83rd Annual Gathering of the UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries, held virtually March 2-4, 2021. Attendance records were shattered at the three-day event: some 335 CHHSM members and friends registered…

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Racial Equity, COVID-19 Ramifications to Focus Workshop Topics for CHHSM’s Annual Gathering

By Barb Powell | December 10, 2020

The UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries is planning a variety of meaningful workshops during its virtual Annual Gathering — Together in Hope — which takes place online March 2-4, 2021. The workshops, offered by several CHHSM members and partners, are designed to include presentations as well as real-time discussion on topics affecting…

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Three CHHSM Direct Service Providers Receive Safety Net Grants from United Way of Greater St. Louis

By Barb Powell | July 13, 2020

On June 17, the Rev. Donna Smith-Pupillo RN, executive director of Deaconess Nurse Ministry in St. Louis, received the good news from United Way of Greater St. Louis that Deaconess had been named a Safety Net grant recipient. At about the same time, Emmaus Homes and Unleashing Potential were notified that they, too, were grant…

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Unleashing Potential Receives Grant for Caroline Mission Outreach

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | March 8, 2020

UCC-related Unleashing Potential (UP) recently received a $10,000 grant given on behalf of the Philanthropy Lab, the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement, and the Sociology Department at Washington University. The grant will provide operating support for UP’s Caroline Mission and will fund scholarships for families who cannot afford the full cost of childcare…

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Unique Art-Inspired Fund Raiser Bolsters UCC-related Unleashing Potential’s Programs

By CHHSM Staff | December 10, 2019

Each fall in St. Louis, more than 200 business and community leaders gather for Art & Soul, an opportunity to celebrate the role of art in helping children and to raise funds for UCC-related Unleashing Potential. Now in its ninth year, Art & Soul was held Nov. 1 at the Four Seasons Hotel in St.…

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Educational Future is Bright, Thanks to UCC-Related Unleashing Potential’s Scholarship Grants

By Barb Powell | July 30, 2019

Some 25 years ago, St. Louis-based Unleashing Potential (UP) started the William Diersing Scholarship Fund to help lower-income youth and families in St. Louis further their academic goals. In June, eight UP program participants were honored as this year’s fund recipients. At an awards ceremony June 10, Darlene Sowell, president and CEO, presented the $1,500…

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