Deaconess Foundation

Early Bird Registration for CHHSM’s 86th Annual Gathering is Open!

By Barb Powell | December 14, 2023

Registration for CHHSM’s 86th Annual Gathering — to be held March 12-14, 2024, at the Live by Loews Hotel in St. Louis — opened Monday, Dec. 18. The hotel is located in downtown St. Louis’ Ballpark Village, adjacent to Busch Stadium and within walking distance of the new Arch riverfront, museums, and eateries. The theme…

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Johnson-Javois, Wilson to Highlight Opening Events at CHHSM Annual Gathering

By Barb Powell | November 13, 2023

Inspiration will be the operative word during the opening events of the UCC Council for Health and Human Service Ministries Annual Gathering, to be held March 12-14, 2024, at the Live by Loews Hotel in St. Louis. On Tuesday morning, March 12, the Rev. Bethany Johnson-Javois, president and CEO of Deaconess Foundation in St. Louis,…

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Deaconess Foundation and the St. Louis Regional Health Commission Launch Grant Fund for Organizations Serving Seniors

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | October 11, 2023

The St. Louis Regional Health Commission (the RHC) and its partner Deaconess Foundation have launched a $350,000 Seniors Community Revitalization and Development Fund (Seniors Community Fund) to support services for seniors in the region. The Seniors Community Fund aims to improve the public health system infrastructure to better serve residents 55 years of age and older…

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Ministry Moments from the President

By Jamar Doyle | September 12, 2023

This short, monthly video highlights various CHHSM ministries and partners, as together we build a more just, equitable, caring, and compassionate world. This month’s guest is the Rev. Bethany Johnson-Javois, President and CEO of Deaconess Foundation in St. Louis. #BeAVoiceCHHSM

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St. Louis Regional Racial Healing + Justice Fund Invests $800,000 in Black- and Brown-led Organizations

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | August 11, 2023

The Community Governance Board (CGB) of the St. Louis Regional Racial Healing + Justice Fund – co-founded by Deaconess Foundation – announced recently that it is investing an historic $800,000 to support 42 Black and Brown-led organizations in the St. Louis region. This year’s grants mark several milestones. In 2023, the CGB received a record…

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Deaconess Foundation Announces Policy Campaign/Collaborative Grant Recipients

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | June 12, 2023

CHHSM member Deaconess Foundation, based in St. Louis, today (June 9) announced that Alive & Well Communities and Missouri Jobs with Justice are the recipients of its 2023 Policy Campaign/Collaborative Grants to advance sustainable systemic change in the key issue of social and emotional well-being of youth, paid sick leave, and economic equity. Each of…

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Deaconess Foundation Launches Institute for Black Liberation

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | May 30, 2023

CHHSM-member Deaconess Foundation, based in St. Louis, announced May 30 the launch of its Institute for Black Liberation (the Institute), a novel approach to developing liberatory consciousness through healing the hurts of internalized racism. With an emphasis on developing liberatory consciousness, the Institute gives Black leaders in the Eastern Missouri and Southern Illinois region the…

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CHHSM’s 85th Annual Gathering Filled with Renewal, Justice, and Hope

By Barb Powell | March 17, 2023

Connection. If one word can sum up three days of worship, workshops, keynotes, meetings, and social gatherings, it’s connection — at least in terms of the 85th Annual Gathering of the UCC Council for Health and Human Service Ministries, themed “Together through Mountains and Valleys” and held March 7-9 in Denver. “The 85th Annual Gathering…

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CHHSM Brings Message of Health and Human Service Collaboration to UCC Rural/Small Town Church Gathering

By Barb Powell | February 13, 2023

The UCC Council for Health and Human Service Ministries took a leading role in a first-ever Virtual National Gathering of UCC Rural/Small Town Churches and Ministries, held Feb. 9-11 from 4 to 7 p.m. each day. Throughout the three days, all of the keynotes and session presenters focused on the theme, “Nourishing the Seeds of…

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St Louis Racial Healing + Justice Fund Awards One-Time Crisis Response Grants

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | January 12, 2023

The St. Louis Racial Healing + Justice Fund — co-created by CHHSM member Deaconess Foundation, Forward Through Ferguson, and Missouri Foundation for Health — announced in mid-December the distribution of five unrestricted, one-time crisis response grants of $16,000 each. The fund’s Community Governance Board (CGB) announced that the grants were awarded to The T/BRIC, Black Healers…

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