Deaconess Foundation

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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Deaconess Foundation: Investing for Good, Investing for Future Generations

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | December 8, 2022

On, Dec. 1, 2022, Matt Oldani, vice president of operations for CHHSM member Deaconess Foundation in St. Louis released this letter outlining its commitment to socially responsible investing that prioritizes diversity, equity and inclusion: Earlier this fall Deaconess joined our investment partners at Bank of America Private Bank to discuss our socially responsible investment strategy…

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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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