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Free Eye Exams at Deaconess Center

On Wednesday, July 21st our partners at Eye Thrive will join us at Deaconess Center for Child Well-Being (1000 N. Vandeventer, Ave., St. Louis, MO 63113) to provide free eye exams and eyeglasses for children and youth ages 4 years through 18 years. All services are free of charge, and most eyeglasses will be made and dispensed onsite following the eye exam. Exams begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 1 p.m. Exam appointments will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis until all exam appointments are filled. Appointments must be made in-person onsite on Wednesday, July 21st. Onsite registration for appointments begins at 8:30 a.m. 

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Free Summer Meal Program at Deaconess Center

This summer, Deaconess Center for Child Well-Being is serving free summer meals to children and youth through Operation Food Search’s sponsorship of the Summer Food Service Program funded by the United States Department of Agriculture. The Summer Meals Program helps to ensure children and youth continue to receive nutritious meals during the summer months when school is not in session. Food insecurity has risen exponentially during the COVID-19 pandemic and dramatically increased the need.

COVID-19 Update: Deaconess Center Enters Phase 1 Re-Entry

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic Deaconess Center for Child Well-Being’s priority has been to continue to meet our mission to build a community action tank for child friendly policies, while also adhering to public health and safety best practices.

Join the Movement of Child Advocates

While the Deaconess Center remains closed to indoor and outdoor open-air convenings until April 1st, 2021, there are still opportunities to volunteer with Deaconess Center and join the movement of child advocates, organizers and families who are building power for children in our region.

Deaconess Issues Requests for Proposals: Communications & Public Relations, Outsourced Chief Technology Consultant & IT Systems Support, and Landscaping Services

Deaconess Foundation is seeking a full-service communications and public relations agency/firm to assist the Foundation in the development and implementation of a strategic and sustainable multi-year communications plan aligned with the Foundation’s power-building strategy to advance child well-being through racial equity and public policy.

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North Central Plan

Since August, the North Central Plan Steering Committee, with support from the Deaconess Foundation and the United Church of Christ Church Building and Loan Fund, have been in engaged in a community-led visioning and strategic planning process to form the North Central Plan.

COVID-19 Update: Convenings at Deaconess Center for Child Well-Being

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Deaconess Center for Child Well-Being closed its physical space to Co-Locators and Community Partners. Since the closure in March, Deaconess Center has designed guidelines for a safe re-entry for our community. The re-entry guidelines are focused on providing community health best practices and meeting the demand of advancing child well-being.

Covid-19 Equitable Relief & Recovery Fund Grant

Deaconess Foundation seeks to partner with local Black-led social service and social change organizations by investing 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 aims to strengthen existing regional infrastructure …

Virtual Convening Request

Deaconess Center’s mission is to build power to advance child well-being in the St. Louis region by strengthening alliances for child-friendly public policy, increasing citizen contact with policy makers, positioning youth and organizers to move systems, and engaging faith communities in child advocacy.

Currently, the physical building of Deaconess Center is closed to prevent the spread of Covid-19.