Black Lives Matter: An Institutional Commitment

Deaconess Foundation 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. This vision and recent events have called us to reflect on our journey, …

Collaborative Launches $2 Million Regional Racial Healing Fund

Funding Will Support Racial Justice Movement in St. Louis June 11, 2020 Deaconess Foundation, Forward Through Ferguson, and Missouri Foundation for Health have collaborated to establish the St. Louis Regional Racial Healing Fund to invest in healing community trauma and changing the conditions that reinforce systemic racism. With a matching grant from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and a growing pool …

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Racial Healing Is Critical to [Economic] Recovery

by Rev. Dr. Starsky Wilson On April 14, when St. Louis was under shelter-in-place orders due to COVID-19, Walter Johnson, a Missouri native and professor at Harvard University released a new book. Weaving national taproots from the slave trade and Indian Wars through the police killing of Michael Brown, Jr., the text is entitled The Broken Heart of America: St. …

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How Do You Handle Black Death?

by Rev. Dr. Starsky Wilson Yesterday, I yelled at my sons. I am no saint. It was not the first time. But it was different. This was not simply a ‘you can make better grades than this’ or ‘why can’t you keep your room clean’ moment. I went off. They were being boys. Playing their Nintendo Switch games. Because my …

Deaconess Announces $2.2 Million Emergency Support for Black-Led Organizations

April 27, 2020 Deaconess Foundation is seeking to partner with local Black-led social service and social change organizations to invest a total of $2.2 million in support of COVID-19 relief and recovery efforts in the St. Louis region. The funding will support sustaining Black-led organization’s capacity to respond to community needs during the pandemic. The Equitable Relief and Recovery Fund …