January Newsletter | In America, Without Sanctuary

Without Sanctuary no one wants to discuss the war the war in america on everyone black or brown or poor   there’s no refuge from the war so i live without sanctuary two-stepping back in time   with no place to hide from the war the war in america on everyone black or brown or poor   so we’re here …

December Newsletter | In This Season of Advent

First giving honor to God from whom all blessings flow, and then to our ancestors on whose shoulders we stand, for if they had not been, we would not be. These words, shared by Mama Frances Jarnegan on countless occasions, continue to empower me and give me strength and courage to “come in my own way” as was often the …

November Newsletter | Our Path Forward: Leading Through Transition

Deaconess Community, It is my honor to join Deaconess Foundation as the interim president and chief executive officer. I appreciate the warm and encouraging welcome messages. During this period of transition, I will support the Foundation’s Board and Executive Search Committee and guide the remarkable staff as we press forward with clear vision and strategy to advance child well-being. Last …

A Message of Gratitude

Deaconess Community, In the final days of any worthwhile effort one is given to reflection. The challenge of working toward a mission, purpose or goal as significant and enduring as child well-being, is that there is always unfinished business. Successes and failures battle for space in the mind. Emotions ebb and flow, especially in times of transition and trial. This …

Rev. Dr. Starsky Wilson

You’re Invited: Community Farewell for Rev. Dr. Starsky Wilson

Deaconess Friends & Partners, For the last nine years, Rev. Dr. Starsky Wilson has served the St. Louis region and its children as the president and chief executive of Deaconess Foundation. In a few short weeks, Starsky will depart Deaconess Foundation to lead the nation’s strongest, most effective voice for children, the Children’s Defense Fund. We are deeply appreciative of …