Deaconess Nurse Ministry

United Church of Christ’s Deaconess Nurse Ministry Making a Difference in Lives of Marginalized Seniors in Jefferson County, Mo.

By Barb Powell | February 5, 2018

A small group of health professionals in the United Church of Christ’s Deaconess Nurse Ministry are changing life for the better for senior citizens in Jefferson County, Mo. Through its Community Outreach Program, Deaconess Nurse Ministry is able to offer innovative programs at area food pantries that help seniors stay healthy. Thanks to a grant…

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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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Unexpected Gift Connects Two United Church of Christ Health and Human Service Ministries Through Love of Neighbor, Love of Children

By Barb Powell | December 20, 2017

Sometimes the best Christmas present arrives in the form of a small gift from the heart. For two United Church of Christ-related partners, such gifts also exemplify God’s call to love one another, and neighbor as self. When Donna Smith-Pupillo, executive director of Deaconess Nursing Ministry in St. Louis, visited a developmentally-disabled woman in November…

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Serving Children Together at Every Child’s Hope

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | August 1, 2017

Starting in April, Faith Community Nurses Jill Randall, R.N., and Stacey Lovelace began new ventures in their careers by working with children and teenagers at Every Child’s Hope (ECH). Their work began when Deaconess Nurse Ministry (DNM) developed a partnership with ECH, a nonprofit caring ministry for more than 1,000 vulnerable children throughout Missouri, to…

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Collaboration is key to success for United Church of Christ ministries in St. Louis

By Barb Powell | July 4, 2017

It’s an old — yet, brand new — United Church of Christ health and human service collaboration in St. Louis. Two health care providers have partnered with a low-income older adult housing facility and a ministry for children in trauma to provide increased medical care, and it’s making an impact throughout the city. The Institute…

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CHHSM Leads the Way in Ferguson

By CHHSM Staff | November 16, 2015

For more than 100 children from Ferguson, Missouri, the summer of 2015 helped heal the trauma from last year, when their community was shattered by the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed teen shot and killed by a local police officer. The kids enjoyed enrichment activities during several new summer camps organized by St. Louis-based…

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Organ Donations Save, Improve Life

By CHHSM Staff | September 14, 2015

June Benedick signed up for the Illinois state donor registry after she learned that one organ donation could save dozens of lives. “I’ve known about organ donation for decades,” says Benedick, a faith community nurse with St. Louis, Illinois-based Deaconess Faith Community Nurse Ministries. “But there are a lot of misconceptions and confusion about the…

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CHHSM Organizations Support Ferguson During Crisis

By CHHSM Staff | January 14, 2015

For CHHSM organizations serving the Ferguson, Missouri, area, recent events have led them to find new ways to step in and serve a devastated community. Ferguson, a St. Louis suburb, made headlines last August when an unarmed African-American teen was fatally shot by a white police officer. The town, which was already struggling with poverty…

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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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Partnership Benefits Residents, Community

By CHHSM Staff | May 30, 2014

When Cape Albeon partnered with fellow CHHSM member and St. Louis-based St. Andrew’s Resources for Seniors System, residents of the retirement community in Valley Park, Mo., gained access to skilled nursing, something they’ve never had before. “For 14 years I’ve been hoping for extended care to arrive here,” says Lolly Wehrli, 87, who moved into…

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