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How Can We Be Together While Distancing Physically?

March 24th, 2020

How are COVID-19 restrictions affecting you?

One of my friends remarked on LinkedIn that she is really in need of a visit—even through the screen door. Though she is working from home and has exhausted a list of household to-dos (even trimming her bushes), she is feeling isolated...

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UCOM's Two New Program Goals for 2011-2016 (Part 1)

January 27th, 2011

Helping 300 of our neighbors to establish their own sustainable box gardens over the next five years is just one of the far-reaching and lasting goals United Church Outreach Ministry (UCOM) in Wyoming MI established for itself this week. In 2011 UCOM will determine the feasibility of raised box...

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What to do with that left-over flex account

December 3rd, 2010

Matt Anderson to Bruce Roller:
Hi Bruce. I would appreciate if you wrote a quick blog about what health care items that individuals could use their excess flex spending money on that organization like UCOM would benefit from receiving as donations. It’s possible I will have...

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You Can't Buy That With Food Stamps

November 1st, 2010

Rick and Cindy Mathis live in UCOM’s service area and have long been supporters of the many programs here that help people to cope with current economic struggles, as well as some of the options we provide for helping people have brighter futures. They have a couple of ideas that are newsworthy....

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Is Urban Gardening Just for Yuppies

July 9th, 2010

Is urban gardening only for the yuppies among us? Does anyone under 50 remember what a yuppie is (was?)? OK, I’ve dated myself—yuppies were young upwardly-mobile professionals. The question remains.

As UCOM, the basic needs service provider for which I work, looks toward developing...

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Ten Things I LOVE About My Job (Part 4)

June 16th, 2010

Like the first 8 things I love about my job, the other two are also PEOPLE.

9. People. As amazing as it seems to me, consumed as I am by the work UCOM is doing in the community, there are hordes of people in Grand Rapids, Wyoming and Grandville MI (our service area) that still...

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Ten Things I LOVE About My Job (Part 3)

June 1st, 2010

Here are three more things I love about my job as Executive Director of United Church Outreach Ministry (UCOM) in Wyoming MI.

6. People. UCOM’s donors are a rare treat. As might be expected there are a few large donors, about 20 people in the $5,000 and over category. These...

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Ten Things I LOVE About My Job (Part 2)

May 21st, 2010

Here are more things I love about my job as Executive Director of United Church Outreach Ministry (UCOM) in Wyoming MI.

4. People. Having pastored for 25 years before I came to UCOM, I have worked with many boards of directors. I have also sat on more community organizations’...

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