Deaconess Grants more than $500,000
To strengthen regional efforts for children
St. Louis, MO – July 1, 2015 — Deaconess Foundation, through its annual grant cycle, supported a wide range of St. Louis-area organizations to improve systems and encourage policies that enhance child well-being. The grants totaled more than half a million dollars to 30 projects and included the regional initiative entitled “Ready by 21.” The grants are part of Deaconess’ strategy to invest and collaborate with diverse partners in order to strengthen and expand the region’s capacity to achieve sustainable improvement in the lives of St. Louis’ children.
The grants were led by the Foundation’s commitment to provide another $100,000 commitment to Ready by 21, a nationally-recognized collective approach to meeting the needs of youth from cradle to career. Other grantees included: Beyond Housing; City Garden Montessori School, Community Council of St. Charles County; Community Organizing and Family Issues; Community Organizing and Family Issues; East Side Aligned / Ready by 21 – STL; Epworth Children & Family Services; Family Resource Center; Greater East St. Louis Early Learning Partnership; Interfaith Legal Services for Immigrants; Latinos En Axion STL; Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, Inc.; Let's Start, Inc.; Mathews-Dickey Boys' & Girls' Club; Metropolitan Congregations United for St. Louis; Missouri Budget Project; Missouri Children’s Leadership Council; Missouri GSA Network; Missouri Health Care for All; Missouri Jobs with Justice; National Conference for Community and Justice of Metropolitan St. Louis; St. Louis Regional Public Media, Inc. (Nine Network); Shut It Down!; St. Louis Graduates; St. Louis Torchbearers 2; Teen Pregnancy and Prevention Partnership; The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis; Vision for Children at Risk; and Wyman Center.
The foundation’s announcement came at its day-long “Children at the Center” event at the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation in East St. Louis on June 20th. The annual event celebrates children while seeking to strengthen the systems around them. Hundreds of families attended the festival alongside community leaders, such as Jackie Joyner-Kersee and The Honorable Mayor Jackson-Hicks of East. Louis. The free festival included food, games, music, face painting with podcasting, film and break dance workshops for teens.
Deaconess, established in 1889, celebrated 125 years of service to the St. Louis area and continues its mission — pursuing health and hope for all St. Louis children. A ministry of the United Church of Christ, Deaconess has invested more than $74 million to improve the health of the St. Louis community since 1998. The Foundation believes healthy, hope-filled futures for children benefit the entire region. Deaconess Foundation invests in endeavors that improve the well-being of children, engages our region around the plight of youth, and advocates for change.