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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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  • October Newsletter | Missional Service

    October Newsletter | Missional Service

    Deaconess Community, I am honored to assume the role of Deaconess’ new President and CEO and to be graced with the opportunity to serve not only today’s children, but tomorrow’s …Learn More
  • 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

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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ICYMI in our November eNewsletter: Deaconess Center for Child Well-Being will observe a time of Sabbath from 12/17 to 1/13. During this period, no convenings will take place at the Center.

We look forward to welcoming you to a fully refreshed space in the new year!

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ICYMI in our November eNewsletter: Deaconess Center for Child Well-Being will observe a time of Sabbath from 12/17 to 1/13. During this period, no convenings will take place at the Center.

We look forward to welcoming you to a fully refreshed space in the new year!

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12/7, join @unitedchurch for The History of Afro-Christian Churches in the UCC. Learn about the rich legacy from Dr. Yvonne Delk, a daughter of the Afro-Christian tradition and spiritual leader, and Rev. Traci Blackmon.

Register: https://ucc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_wgEB8_W6QsOre29QcnBElQ

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ICYMI in our November eNewsletter: Deaconess Center for Child Well-Being will observe a time of Sabbath from 12/17 to 1/13. During this period, no convenings will take place at the Center.

We look forward to welcoming you to a fully refreshed space in the new year!

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12/7, join @unitedchurch for The History of Afro-Christian Churches in the UCC. Learn about the rich legacy from Dr. Yvonne Delk, a daughter of the Afro-Christian tradition and spiritual leader, and Rev. Traci Blackmon.

Register: https://ucc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_wgEB8_W6QsOre29QcnBElQ

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Need help with rental assistance? Join @H4ASTL and @MCUStLouis on 12/5 for a Rental Assistance Clinic at New Northside Missionary Baptist Church, 8645 Goodfellow Blvd, St. Louis, MO.

See the attached flyer for what you should bring. Please share widely.

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