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Fall 2018 Grant Application Open

June 25, 2018

The application for our Fall 2018 Grant Cycle is now open! Applications for Responsive and Capacity Building grants will be due by August 1, 2018. Please see the Grant Process tab for information on how to apply using our online grants management system. 

Upcoming Programs at Mercy Center

June 21, 2018

Check out the flyers below for information on upcoming programs focusing on supporting caregivers for seniors and also providing training for clergy in supporting the mental health of veterans.

Grantee Spotlight: Deaconess Nurse Ministry

December 14, 2017

Deaconess Nurse Ministry is an organization devoted to improving and promoting the health and well-being of the St. Louis community. This organization is dedicated to advocating for the voiceless and marginalized in the healthcare system. This mission can be seen through their work serving older adults living in impoverished parts of our community.

 

Through their Senior Health Faith Community Nurse Program, Deaconess is committed to improving the quality of life and empowering older adults in the St. Louis community to remain in their homes. The program utilizes an innovative approach that goes beyond caring simply for individual’s physical well-being but promotes health of the body, mind, and spirit of older adults. This unique program emphasizes the importance of community and meets clients where they are, performing services in familiar community locations such as soup kitchens and food pantries. This emphasis on community helps build trust between clients and their “community nurse” as the registered nurses in this program are known. Community nurses work within community places to promote access to healthcare services to high-risk older adults. Soup kitchens and food pantries are vital outreach locations because the low-income older adults who use these services are twice as likely to have diabetes, high blood pressure, and mental health concerns. Without effective screening, education, and referrals, low-income older adults often struggle with isolation and lack proper treatment. Community nurses address this need by providing consistent, easy to understand health screenings and education to empower older adults to remain in their home safely and independently as long as possible.

 

Each community nurse takes the time to truly listen and understand their client so that they are able to provide the best quality of care and services. Nurses act as educator, caregiver, and advocate to ensure that the person’s mental, physical, and spiritual needs are addressed. Clients in this program receive much needed social service referrals to support them in remaining independent in their home. Community nurses teach about topics personalized to individual needs such as medication administration, disease management, nutrition, and healthy lifestyle choices. Through this education, individuals are empowered to take control of their own wellbeing and are better able to lead healthy, independent lives. Taking the time to provide education has proven to be highly successful with 96% of clients able to demonstrate compliance with their medications and 83% able to demonstrate knowledge of their disease process. Support is ongoing with the community nurse visiting at least twice a month, as well as receiving a phone call each week. Care is provided for a minimum of three months or until individual healthcare goals are reached. Through their Senior Health Faith Community Nurse Program Deaconess Faith Community Ministries serves about 360 older adults annually and hope to continue to touch more lives through this impactful program.

For more information about Deaconess Faith Community Nurse Ministries please visit their website: www.faithnurses.org

New American Alliance Hotline Launch

September 25, 2017

The St. Louis New American Alliance, has launched its New American Hotline available Monday-Friday 8am-4pm to connect immigrants & refugees to service providers! The number is 314-277-5824. Questions can be asked via call or text.  The hotline is also available via Whatsapp. Right now, answers are only available in English, Spanish, and French. However, they hope to add additional language capacity soon!

Grantee Spotlight: Immigrant Service Providers Network

February 27, 2017

The Daughters of Charity Foundation of St. Louis has been actively engaged in supporting organizations that help immigrants and refugees with the many challenges of their new lives in America. In the spring of 2014, the Daughters of Charity Foundation of St. Louis, Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis, and the Saint Louis Mental Health Board hosted three gatherings to convene area provider groups serving immigrants and refugees. The purpose was threefold: to strengthen the work provided to our region’s aspiring Americans by increasing the networking and relationships among professionals and key stakeholders; to enhance understanding of the gaps in safety net provisions available; and encourage proactive planning to prepare the community for changes to the nation’s immigration policies. The gatherings confirmed that efforts underway to serve this population were increasing as new programs were being introduced resulting in knowledge gaps about available resources. The outcome of these gatherings was the formation of an all-volunteer community-based group of concerned professionals and citizens known as Immigrant Service Provider Network or ISPN.

 

With nearly thirty members, ISPN has since formalized its structure by identifying executive committee leadership, creating bylaws, and forming working groups. Since 2015, this all-volunteer network has developed membership support and strategic outreach, started a resource directory, implemented a community education and enrollment outreach designed to explain the DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents) and DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) programs. Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates (MIRA) serves as the primary convener and fiscal conduit for project activities. With MIRA’s support, ISPN has offered free of charge educational clinics to help prepare immigration documents and delivered webinars on topics including Immigration 101, employment, and DAPA training. The coalition also created a website and developed education materials.

 

The funder collaborative between Daughters of Charity Foundation of St. Louis and Lutheran Foundation continues to support the staff position at MIRA assigned to actively support ISPN outreach as well as host for the ISPN work groups. The collaborative between MIRA and the ISPN participants has led to a leadership development strategy to strengthen member and volunteer capacities for effective action.  In 2016, approximately 450 immigrants and refugees living in the St. Louis region received assistance as a result of ISPN’s collaborative work. 

For more information on Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates (MIRA) & Immigrant Service Providers Network (ISPN)  please visit the following website

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