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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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From Foster Child to Ministry: DiPina to Bring Powerful Message to CHHSM Opening Worship and Consecration of UCC’s Deaconess Center for Child Well-Being in St. Louis

By Barb Powell | February 5, 2018

When the Rev. Toni DiPina begins her sermon during the service consecrating the United Church of Christ-related Deaconess Center for Child Well-Being in St. Louis, she will be — in one sense — coming full circle. But, as she often stresses, it will be the beginning of a new important phase, not only for her,…

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Beloved Community, Love of Children to Highlight Opening Worship of CHHSM Annual Gathering

By Barb Powell | February 5, 2018

Attendees gathered for the opening service of the UCC Council for Health and Human Service Ministries’ Annual Gathering will experience a celebration and affirmation of CHHSM work in a particularly unique way. The service, to be held March 1 at the Deaconess Center for Child Well-Being in St. Louis, will include a consecration of the…

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Deaconesses: Pioneer Professional Women

By Guest Contributor | January 15, 2018

In March of 1889 a remarkable meeting was held at St. Peter’s Evangelical Church in St. Louis. Seventy people (60 men and 10 women) gathered to charter the Evangelischer Diakonessen-Verein von St. Louis, Mo. (Evangelical Deaconess Society of St. Louis, Mo). It was unusual to involve women in such gatherings. In that era women seldom…

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Charitable Care by UCC-Related Health Providers Jumps 18 Percent in 2016, Exceeds $857 Million

By Rev. J. Bennett Guess | January 6, 2017
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The United Church of Christ’s nearly 400 health and human service ministries provided more than $857 million in uncompensated, charitable care in 2016, an increase of nearly 18 percent in one year. The jump represents one of the largest single-year increases in decades, according to statistics collected by the UCC’s Council for Health and Human…

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