Deaconess Foundation

Better Together: CHHSM Ministries Partner to Strengthen Services, Sustain Quality

By CHHSM Staff | July 14, 2016

When Cleveland’s Deaconess Foundation was looking for a strong partner to take over management of its affordable senior housing communities, the foundation’s leadership wanted to make sure the communities would be well cared for and would remain part of the United Church of Christ. Deaconess, formed from the 1994 sale of Deaconess Hospital, has a…

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Deaconess Foundation Joins National Effort to “Ban the Box”

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | April 15, 2016

Leaders from Deaconess Foundation and more than 40 other organizations announced in February that they have “banned the box” by adopting fair chance hiring policies or ensuring that questions about criminal convictions do not appear on applications for employment with their foundations. They also issued a challenge to all U.S. philanthropic institutions to follow suit…

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Theological Reflection Keeps Minds, Spirits Alive

By CHHSM Staff | April 15, 2016

When Beatitudes Campus opened its doors for a theologian to move in this January, it also opened the doors to a new way of addressing individual needs. Dr. Harvey Cox, an American Baptist minister and acclaimed research professor at Harvard Divinity School, spent a month as the Phoenix continuing care retirement community’s first theologian-in-residence. In…

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Paul Leaves Legacy as Servant Leader

By CHHSM Staff | June 10, 2015

Led by the Rev. Dr. Jerry Paul, the Deaconess Foundation was one of the first organizations to support Back Bay Mission when it was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Although the St. Louis organization primarily assists children, Paul knew that the Biloxi, Mississippi-based CHHSM ministry, which serves the homeless, needed assistance to rebuild. “Our…

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Find out how Deaconess Foundation is serving young people through its youth advocacy efforts

By CHHSM Staff | May 12, 2015

When Karissa Anderson takes her place at a podium to speak in Jefferson City, Missouri, she faces a challenge. The young policy intern is trying to convince education leaders and legislators who are two and three times her age to create more open access to higher education. Anderson, who is wrapping up her master’s degree…

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CHHSM Mobilizes to Support Ferguson

By CHHSM Staff | October 14, 2014

CHHSM convened more than a dozen members Sept. 26 to discuss the current situation in Ferguson, Missouri, where Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old black man, was shot by a white police officer in early August. The incident, which triggered continuing rioting and protests, prompted CHHSM to explore ways members could work together to serve ongoing health and…

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Deaconess Foundation Celebrates 125 Years of Serving St. Louis

By CHHSM Staff | April 30, 2014

As leaders of the Deaconess Foundation celebrate the ministry’s 125th anniversary, they’re recognizing a mission that has developed from strong roots to serve new needs. “We have the same mission, but the expression of it has changed over time,” says the Rev. Starsky D. Wilson, president and CEO of the CHHSM member ministry in St.…

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