Uspiritus

United Church of Christ CHHSM Ministries Serve Others Amid Opioid Crisis

By Barb Powell | August 13, 2018

M. battled opioid addiction for almost two decades. First oxycodone and alcohol. When that wasn’t enough to numb his anguish, cocaine. Finally, heroin. Two days after being released from a short-term recovery program, M. relapsed. As the injected heroin coursed through his veins, his dangerously-enlarged heart gave out. At the age of 39, M. lost…

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Nollau Institute Participants Find Perspectives Changed Through Classmates

By Barb Powell | June 8, 2018

With the first of three retreats completed, CHHSM’s 2018-2019 Nollau Institute participants are well on their way to discerning what servant leadership means to them in their lives and careers. Already, this year’s class has come away with new insights and several surprises. For Linda Dailey, executive director of United Church Homes’ Glenwood Retirement Community…

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UCC-related Uspiritus and Centerstone Kentucky Sign Letter of Intent to Merge

By Barb Powell | November 27, 2017

United Church of Christ-related Uspiritus — the Louisville, Ky.-based provider of therapeutic treatment and counseling to children and youth living with the effects of abuse, neglect or other mental health crisis situations — has signed a letter of intent to merge with Centerstone Kentucky. The merger between Centerstone and Uspiritus will unite the region’s most…

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Kentucky volunteers make the difference for Uspiritus

By Barb Powell | May 25, 2017

We’ve all heard the African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child.” At United Church of Christ-related Uspiritus in Louisville, Ky., it takes the whole community. As with all CHHSM-member ministries, Uspiritus relies on volunteers from many local businesses and churches. For example, the main UPS hub in Louisville leads a number of…

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It’s a Millennial Attraction At Uspiritus

By Barb Powell | May 3, 2017

“How do we get socially conscious young professionals interested in our work?” It’s one of the most common refrains in churches and nonprofits, who seek to form long-lasting partnerships with Millennials as they fulfill their outreach ministries. In response, United Church of Christ-related Uspiritus, based in Louisville, Ky., recently launched an Ambassador Council, and it’s…

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Uspiritus Helps Youth Explore Arts and Sciences

By CHHSM Staff | August 14, 2016

Soaking in new experiences does wonders to boost a child’s curiosity and courage. For the children and teens of Uspiritus, a Louisville, Kentucky-based CHHSM member organization that serves and houses abused and neglected youth, that exhilaration was widespread this summer thanks to UpstartU, a dynamic new arts and sciences camp. “These kids have been through…

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New Nollau Class Hosts First Retreat

By CHHSM Staff | June 11, 2015

Abby Drane faced a challenging transition when she became president and CEO of Uspiritus last September. Before joining the Louisville, Kentucky-based nonprofit that serves at-risk children, Drane spent more than 25 years as an executive leader and financial officer for several large health care corporations. “I was chief financial officer for multimillion-dollar companies, and now…

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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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