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This summer, JCPS will have over 100 breakfast and lunch sites and two Bus Stop Cafés making stops around Jefferson County to provide free meals to all children age 18 and younger.

To check out what’s on the menu, visit jcps.nutrislice.com. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Summer Feeding Program
United Crescent Hill Ministries • 150 S State St.
Wednesday, June 8 to Friday, July 29, 2016*
Breakfast & lunch served Monday to Friday!
Closed week of July 4th (July 4-8)



Open to campers who have completed 1st - 8th grades, unless otherwise noted
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

ImageWeek #1: June 13-17: Looking for the good in others and ourselves
It’s not always easy living in this world of ours. We each have ways that we are different from others and sometimes those differences make it hard for us to accept others and for them to accept us. Campers will learn ways to be comfortable with themselves and others, to interact, broaden their horizons, see things through another person’s life experiences and make friends.

Week #2: June 20-24: Being who you are through the arts
Campers are introduced to instrumental and vocal music, performing a nd visual arts, and writing as ways to express their individuality.

Week #3: June 27-July 1: Cooking for fun & necessity
(Must have completed at least 3rd grade) Campers will learn how to prepare their own snacks and basic meals for their families and how to shop for healthy foods.  They will also learn how these skills can prepare them for a job in food services.

July 4 – 8 will be a Break Week

Week #4: July 11-15: Understanding the impo rtance of good food
(Must have completed at least 3rd grade) Campers will get their hands dirty digging in a garden, planting and tending locally-grown vegetables, and learning to prepare foods for good health.  They’ll learn what it takes to build and care for a garden.

Week #5: July 18-22: Learning the value of math & science
(Must have completed at least 2nd grade) Campers will learn w hy these basic skills are important building blocks for a lifetime. They will expand their understanding of how the world around us works and why.

Week #6: July 25-29: Finding your place in the world
We all can make a difference regardless of our age.  Campers will envision the kind of world they want to live in.  Campers will be challenged to think of what they can do now as well as steps they can begin taking toward careers they hope to have in their futures.

Each week is limited to 20 campers. 

Tuition up to $50 per week; assistance is available. Pre-Registration for camp is required.
Call Gayle or Soni at 893-0346 or email collins.gayle@gmail.com for information and to register.

Breakfast and lunch provided for all participants!

'For a flyer you may download and print, go here.

UCHM Hires New Executive Director...
Meet Reverend Mark Howell

After an extensive search, UCHM welcomes Rev. Mark Howell as the new Executive Director as Sue Gentry retires at the end of June. Since 2006, Rev. Howell has been Minister of Missions for the First Baptist Church and the Executive Director of the Mission Frankfort Clinic, a free medical and dental clinic serving uninsured persons in Franklin Co. With a BA from Carson Newman College in his native Tennessee, Mark went on to earn his Master of Divinity at Princeton Theological ImageSeminary.

“Living in the Princeton area for 8 years was transformational for us,” Mark explained, as he and his wife, Penny, occupied a place where “rich and poor, black, white, brown, educated, and street wise all came together to intersect, to enjoy giving and receiving.” While there, Mark saw firsthand how generational poverty and other barriers can be insurmountable. Those insights led him to pursue a Master of Social Work (MSW) at Hunter College in New York.
After his wife completed her PhD in Education at Columbia University, the family relocated to Kentucky where Penny taught at UK while Mark finished up his MSW degree requirements. As Mark comes to UCHM, he notes, “the incredible work Sue has been doing for 36 years… is nothing short of extraordinary. I am honored and humbled to be the next Executive Director and know it will be a tremendous challenge to follow someone who has been so steadfast and faithful to the mission.”

Join us in welcoming Mark to UCHM as he takes up the challenge, beginning June 22, 2015. His experiences and personal journey bring strength and vision to UCHM as we seek new ways to improve the lives of our neighbors caught in crisis and poverty. You can read more about the transition here.


Raise funds for UCHM every time you shop! Did you know that Kroger changed their Community Rewards Program, by making it EASIER for YOU? Please visit our 'Ways To Support UCHM' page to learn how you might be affected-- and how you can help. Thank you!

2016 Health and Wellness Program

UCHM hopes to nourish your mind, body, and spirit in our Health & Wellness program. Our popular Tai Chi class, held at The UCHM Community Center (150 S. State Street) is a great way to energize your Mondays! The classes operate as a 6-week session ($75), with the next session beginning on May 23, 2016. To learn more about Tai Chi and the class offering, please call us at 893-0346.

We're About Community

United Crescent Hills Ministries (UCHM) provides services to seniors, youth, and emergency assistance programs for residents of the Crescent Hill, Clifton, Clifton Heights, and Butchertown neighborhoods of Metro Louisville, Kentucky. UCHM is highly involved and vested in the communities where we provide, with help from the generous contributions from our donors, member churches, and volunteers.
The mission of UCHM is to serve our neighbors and build better community through:

In our 40th year, United Crescent Hill Ministries provided these services*:

*Numbers reflect Fiscal Year 2013-2014 (runs July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014).
For additional information about the activities of United Crescent Hill Ministries, please download a copy of our 2014 annual brochure (in Adobe Acrobat PDF format) here.

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