Deaconess Foundation

After Pandemic-Induced Hiatus, Deaconess Foundation CDF Freedom Schools Return to St. Louis

By Barb Powell | October 11, 2022

After a two-year hiatus caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Deaconess Foundation in St. Louis welcomed back students to its Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) Freedom Schools, held this past summer. The seven-week enrichment program took place at four locations throughout the Greater St. Louis area: Christ the King UCC in Florissant, Mo.; Peace UCC in…

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CHHSM’s Deaconess Foundation Responds to Missouri HJR 117

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | February 24, 2022

Deaconess Foundation‘s President and CEO Bethany Johnson-Javois issued the following statement in response to the Missouri House of Representatives’ passage of HJR 117, which would strip health care coverage from tens of thousands of Missourians: “Deaconess Foundation stands in support of expanded health care access for the People of Missouri. As an institutional advocate that has championed…

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Deaconess Foundation Accepting Proposals for up to $600,000 in Community Investment Funding

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | September 15, 2021

St. Louis-based Deaconess Foundation is currently accepting proposals for up to $600,000 in community investment funding through its Mission-Related Investments initiative. The initiative provides low-interest loans to social impact organizations with exceptional capital management and a strong commitment to advancing the health and well-being of children and families in the St. Louis region. Social impact…

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Health and Racial Justice Advocate Bethany Johnson-Javois Named President and CEO of Deaconess Foundation

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | July 23, 2021

The Deaconess Foundation Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that lifelong St. Louis health and racial justice advocate Bethany Johnson-Javois, MSW, has been unanimously selected to serve as the next president and CEO of Deaconess Foundation in St. Louis. Her appointment follows a rigorous and thoughtful search led by the Deaconess executive search committee, appointed by…

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St. Louis Regional Racial Healing + Justice Fund Announces Inaugural Grant Recipients

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | March 17, 2021

After a four-month community-led grantmaking process, the St. Louis Regional Racial Healing + Justice Fund’s Community Governing Board — which UCC-related Deaconess Foundation helped establish — selected the first set of community grant recipients to lead capacity and infrastructure development efforts in the racial justice movement through community organizing and healing arts. The targeted investment…

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Deaconess COVID-19 Funding Supports More than 100 Black-Led Groups

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | September 22, 2020

From March through August of this year, UCC-related Deaconess Foundation invested more than $2.2 million to support emergency response and recovery efforts in the St. Louis region. Since the launch of its COVID-19 Equitable Relief and Recovery Fund, Deaconess has provided grants to more than 100 Black-led social service and social change organizations providing direct…

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UCC’s Wilson to Lead Children’s Defense Fund

By Guest Contributor | September 12, 2020

As America finds itself immersed in a new movement to end racial and economic injustice, the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) today announced the appointment of the Rev. Dr. Starsky Wilson to be the next president and CEO of the nation’s leading child advocacy organization. Wilson is a national thought leader in racial justice, community organizing,…

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September Be A Voice Advocacy Toolkit Focuses on Health Care Access

By Barb Powell | September 10, 2020

In the quest to provide medical and community health services in their local areas, many CHHSM members are on the front lines of helping people shut out of normal avenues to health care access. One example is Chicago, where UCC-related Advocate Aurora Health partners with other area faith-based organizations in the Avondale Faith and Health…

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UCC Missouri Mid-South Conference, CHHSM Ministries Partnership Works to Create Just World for All

By Barb Powell | July 31, 2018

Donna Smith-Pupillo, executive director of Deaconess Nurse Ministry in St. Louis, sees little difference when talking about her work and that of Deaconess’ partner, the United Church of Christ’s regional Missouri Mid-South Conference. “We partner with the conference because we are a part of the conference,” Smith-Pupillo says. “We are not a separate entity, but…

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United Church of Christ’s Deaconess Foundation Brings Summer Freedom Schools to St. Louis

By Barb Powell | April 27, 2018

The Child Advocacy Movement of the Children’s Defense Fund has taken root across the United States. And, thanks to the United Church of Christ’s Deaconess Foundation, that movement is helping St. Louis-area children close achievement gaps through a seven-week CDF program inspired by the Freedom Schools of the Civil Rights Movement. The Rev. Starsky Wilson,…

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