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Why it matters

One in five children in the St. Louis region lives in poverty. This increases to two in five for Black or Brown children. Deaconess envisions a community that values the health and well-being of all children and gives priority attention to the most vulnerable. This community only thrives if the allocation of power and distribution of resources, benefits, opportunities and burdens are not predictable by, nor predicated on race.

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Recent News

  • September Newsletter | Hope Requires Action Now

    September Newsletter | Hope Requires Action Now

    Deaconess Community, In the last few weeks, local and state governments scrambled to extend and reinstate eviction moratoriums following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to reject the Centers for Disease …Learn More
  • Deaconess Foundation Accepting Proposals for up to $600,000 in Community Investment Funding

    Deaconess Foundation Accepting Proposals for up to $600,000 in Community Investment Funding

    Deaconess Foundation (Deaconess) 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 …Learn More
  • August Newsletter | The People Win, Again

    August Newsletter | The People Win, Again

    Deaconess Community, Last August we joined our Partners and hundreds of thousands of Missourians in celebration of a successful statewide campaign to expand Medicaid. Missouri voters approved the state constitutional …Learn More

OUR PARTNERS

We support and learn from our region’s
leading community organizations.

  • Action St. Louis logo
  • American Friends Service Committee
  • Better Family Life logo
  • Black Leaders Advancing Community Change
  • Coalition Against Police Crimes and Repression
  • Dutchtown South Community Corporation
  • Forward Through Ferguson
  • Kids Win Missouri
  • Migrant and Immigrant Community Action Project
  • Missouri Jobs with Justice
  • New Economy Coalition
  • The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis
  • St. Francis Community Services
  • St. Louis University
  • Unleashing Potential
  • Young Voices with Action
  • Almost Home
  • Annie Malone logo
  • Beyond Housing logo
  • Boys and Girls Club logo
  • Community Organizing and Family Issues logo
  • Epworth Children & Family Services Inc logo
  • Generate Health STL logo
  • Metropolitan Congregations United logo
  • Missouri Budget Project logo
  • Missouri Organizing and Voter Engagement Collaborative logo
  • Organization for Black Struggle logo
  • Solidarity Economy St. Louis logo
  • St. Louis Graduates logo
  • United Congregations of Metro East logo
  • Vision for Children at Risk logo
  • American
  • ArchCity
  • Big
  • Campaign
  • Children's
  • Creative
  • Fathers
  • Greenhouse
  • Metropolitan
  • Missouri
  • Mount
  • Parents
  • Southside
  • St.
  • University
  • WEPOWER
  • Youth

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More Missourians are eligible for health coverage through Missouri's expanded Medicaid! Low-cost or free health insurance through Medicaid expands access to thousands of Missourians.

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Next Tuesday, 10/26, join @ActionSTL and @ArchCityDefense for their monthly Tenant Meeting. Help build tenant power and transform the lives of people who call St. Louis home.

For more information, text TENANT to 314-789-8694. Register here: https://bit.ly/TenantMeeting-Oct21

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More Missourians are eligible for health coverage through Missouri's expanded Medicaid! Low-cost or free health insurance through Medicaid expands access to thousands of Missourians.

Apply today: https://dss.mo.gov

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Next Tuesday, 10/26, join @ActionSTL and @ArchCityDefense for their monthly Tenant Meeting. Help build tenant power and transform the lives of people who call St. Louis home.

For more information, text TENANT to 314-789-8694. Register here: https://bit.ly/TenantMeeting-Oct21

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Next Thursday, join @KidsWinMissouri for their Monthly Update call from 2-3 PM! Join the discussion on CRT policies with advocates from around the state.

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