Center-Based Initiatives

The following endeavors that align people, build power and strengthen alliances to advance child well-being in St. Louis host recurring meetings at Deaconess Center for Child Well-being.

Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools

CDF Freedom Schools® is a culturally competent, summer literacy and leadership program built around five components: high-quality academic enrichment, parent and family involvement, civic engagement and social action, intergenerational leadership development, and nutritional, physical, and mental health. A CDF Freedom School operates at the Center in June and July. 

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Close the Workhouse

The Close the Workhouse campaign aims to attack mass incarceration, without legitimizing or justifying the continued caging of people as punishment. The campaign calls for the closure of the Medium Security Institute, better known in St. Louis as the Workhouse, an end to wealth based pretrial detention, and the reinvestment of the money used to cage poor people and Black people into rebuilding the most impacted neighborhoods in this region.

The Close the Workhouse campaign's organizing meeting and town halls are hosted at Deaconess Center.

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Deaconess Foundation

The Deaconess Foundation strengthens the region's capability to achieve positive outcomes for children and youth through collaborative engagement and investment with diverse partners to improve systems and sustain actions that have long-term impact on the health and well-being of children.

Deaconess’ Board of Trustees, Community Advisory Board and Policy Advisory Board meet quarterly at the Center.

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St. Louis Child Abuse and Neglect Network

The St. Louis Child Abuse & Neglect Network (STLCANN) was established in June 2017 as a result of the merger of the St. Louis Family & Community Partnership and the St. Louis Area Council on Child Abuse & Neglect. Both organizations share a commitment to quality treatment for children and families who are affected by abuse and neglect and to strengthening families to prevent abuse and neglect. The two organizations have partnered on projects and events in recent years. We’re growing stronger together!

St. Louis Child Abuse and Neglect Network’s board meetings, self-evaluation committee meetings and training sessions happen at Deaconess Center.

Learn more about the St. Louis Child Abuse and Neglect Network

St. Louis Organizing Table

The St. Louis Organizing Table, a network of power-building community-based organizations, holds standing meetings at Deaconess Center.


System of Care

System of Care St. Louis Region (SOC) connects children, young adults and their families to complete care for those with, or at risk for, serious emotional disorders.

The St. Louis System of Care council, executive committee and family leadership cabinet meet at Deaconess Center.

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Unleashing Potential

Unleashing Potential provides a variety of programs and services designed to strengthen children and families, helping them to reach their own magnificent potential.

Unleashing Potential's Board of Directors meet at Deaconess Center.

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Vision for Children at Risk

Vision for Children at Risk informs the community with data and information on child well-being, builds and drives collaboration and strategic action for children, and advocates for policies and investment in children that support child well-being.

Vision for Children at Risk’s board of directors, executive and research committees gather at the Center.

Learn more about Vision for Children at Risk