Deaconess Nurse Ministry

Racial Equity, COVID-19 Ramifications to Focus Workshop Topics for CHHSM’s Annual Gathering

By Barb Powell | December 10, 2020

The UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries is planning a variety of meaningful workshops during its virtual Annual Gathering — Together in Hope — which takes place online March 2-4, 2021. The workshops, offered by several CHHSM members and partners, are designed to include presentations as well as real-time discussion on topics affecting…

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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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St. Louis City Fund Supports Deaconess Nurse Ministry Outreach to Older Adults

By Barb Powell | September 2, 2020

The nurses of Deaconess Nurse Ministry in St. Louis assist clients in venues as varied as free clinics, food pantries, local churches and more. In recent years, one way they’ve been able to provide care is through financial support from the St. Louis City Senior Fund. “We have received funding for the last three years…

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Food Insecurity is July Focus of ‘Be A Voice Advocacy Toolkit’

By Barb Powell | July 13, 2020

Social injustices are becoming more obvious and recognizable during this time of the coronavirus pandemic, and CHHSM’s faith-based health and human service ministries are continuing and strengthening their outreach in their local communities. One main area of focus is food insecurity, the topic of the July installment of the Be A Voice Health and Human…

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Three CHHSM Direct Service Providers Receive Safety Net Grants from United Way of Greater St. Louis

By Barb Powell | July 13, 2020

On June 17, the Rev. Donna Smith-Pupillo RN, executive director of Deaconess Nurse Ministry in St. Louis, received the good news from United Way of Greater St. Louis that Deaconess had been named a Safety Net grant recipient. At about the same time, Emmaus Homes and Unleashing Potential were notified that they, too, were grant…

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Serving Leadership Key in Deaconess Nurse Ministry’s Work

By Barb Powell | June 3, 2020

For the nurses at Deaconess Nurse Ministry (DNM) in St. Louis, serving others is a calling. Especially during the current pandemic, their role in providing support and care to families in need is critical. One recent story illustrates the need. When the Rev. Donna Smith-Pupillo RN, executive director of Deaconess, read an email from Elizabeth…

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CHHSM Member Organizations Find Creative Ways to Serve During Coronavirus Outbreak

By Barb Powell | April 13, 2020

From phone calls, online chats and social media postings to Zoom, Skype, and Facebook video gatherings, CHHSM members are adapting to almost daily changes in health care requirements while serving their residents and clients. “The world changes overnight,” says Chris Cox, president and CEO of Hoyleton Youth & Family Services in Fairview Heights, Ill. “Plans…

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Psychiatry Clinic Grand Opening Celebrates Interfaith Effort to Provide Health Care to St. Louis Community

By Barb Powell | January 27, 2020

UCC-related Deaconess Nurse Ministry and the physicians from St. Louis’ Muslim Community Services are once more expanding the free services provided by Salam Clinic. The Salam Psychiatry Clinic started serving the community Sunday, Jan. 26, and is open every Sunday from 12-4 p.m. for appointments and walk-ins. The interfaith health professional volunteers at Salam Medical…

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St. Louis’ Deaconess Nurse Ministry, Epiphany UCC, and Muslim Community Physicians Partner to Open New Free Clinic Location

By Barb Powell | November 13, 2019

The November weather was crisp and clear, and the hearts of those gathered on the steps of Epiphany UCC in St. Louis matched the warmth of the sunshine as the newest Salam Clinic was dedicated. The Salam Clinic — a partnership of local churches, CHHSM member Deaconess Nurse Ministry, and physicians from the Islamic Foundation…

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Newest CHHSM Ministry Welcomed During Annual Gathering

By Barb Powell | March 12, 2019

One of the highlights of CHHSM’s 2019 Annual Gathering, held March 5-7 in Chicago, was the welcoming of its latest member, Isaiah 58 Ministries, based in St. Louis. During the CHHSM business meeting held March 6, Isaiah 58 was voted unanimously into membership. “Isaiah 58 Ministries is excited to become a member of CHHSM,” says…

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