2021 Grants

As of 12/31/2021



Christian Faith in Action

Assisi House, Inc.

To support the salary and benefits of the Program and Volunteer Director who will support the recruitment, training, and retention of an Accompaniment Volunteer Program.

$40,000

Community Hope Center

To address poverty as brokenness and a lack of flourishing in lives and relationships through cohorts of community members working toward restoration and healing with the NETworX program.

$25,000

Extreme Faith STL, Inc.

To support service and leadership development opportunities for youth and mission/service teams with a converted bus with portable showers and a commercial kitchen.

$40,000

Feed My People

To expand information and referral services to food pantry clients and implement best practices with volunteer and staff training.

$50,000

Metropolitan Congregations United for St. Louis

To support the addition of a Data Management Organizer to assist staff of both MCU and United Congregations of Metro East by managing the database system, analyzing strategic relationship building, and providing leadership development.

$50,000

Room at the Inn

To strengthen the volunteer practices of Room at the Inn by hiring a consultant to undertake a volunter audit/assessment, create a comprehensive volunteer manual and develop an online database.

$20,000

Send Me St. Louis
To positively impact the lives of hurting people by encouraging and supporting Christian volunteerism and social service outreach in congregations and the community.

$309,000

St. Joseph Housing Initiative

To formalize the volunteer management program by developing volunteer policies and procedures, targeting recruitment to diverse congregations, and evaluating volunteer activities.

$14,250

The Global Orphan Project

To support the expansion of CarePortal in the St. Louis metro area to engage and equip local churches to respond to Jesus' call in Matthew 25 to step into the lives of children and families in crisis.

$30,000

Volunteer Leadership dba Cancer Companions

To engage volunteers in a program expansion that seeks to reach individuals with cancer not traditionally served by the agency through volunteer training, telephone calls, and resource guide.

$10,000



Congregation Community Engagement

Emmaus Lutheran Church

To build relationships in the community by offering a production of "The Last Days of Judas Iscariot" in November 2021.

$10,000

Epiphany Lutheran Church

To support the congregational strategic planning process with the LCEF as facilitators.

$1,750

Faith Lutheran Church

To support the professional development of three teams and leaders who are passionate about serving the community.

$5,570

FCS Urban Ministries

To support churches and other community organizations in Alton, Ill., for two years of intensive training. Cohort members will focus on the three “A’s” of: ASSESSING their own community work and the unique dynamics, needs, and possibilities of the communities in which they are rooted; ALIGNING their program plans to reflect the assessment results; and ACTIVATING those program plans in their congregations and community.

$10,000

Grace Lutheran Chapel & School

To intentionally connect to middle school (6th-8th grade) youth in the school and neighborhood with monthly gatherings.

$9,180

Holy Cross Lutheran Church for the Deaf

To support the use of technology which will help reach more deaf people in the community.

$10,000

Immanuel Lutheran Church

To assist the host church (Immanuel) in coordinating Grace Day as it will now rotate among five participating Jefferson County Lutheran Churches.

$7,100

Immanuel Lutheran Church & School

To expand outreach to deaf people and families in the St. Charles region.

$10,000

Immanuel Lutheran Church & School

To support congregational participation in year three of the Pastoral Leadership Institute (PLI) St. Louis-based cohort

$2,250

Messiah Lutheran Church

To create a weight room in the community center to aid in mentoring younger men in the neighborhood.

$10,000

Messiah Lutheran Church

To improve the experience for pre-school and latch key children by augmenting music and technology resources.

$10,000

Messiah Lutheran Church

To support congregational participation in year three of the Pastoral Leadership Institute (PLI) St. Louis-based cohort.

$2,050

Messiah Lutheran Church & School

To support congregational participation in year three of the Pastoral Leadreship Institute (PLI) St. Louis-based cohort.

$4,500

Mount Olive Lutheran Church

To provide prayer bags with Recovery Bibles to 100 people who attend Recovery Fest on Sept. 18, 2021.

$3,000

New Beginnings Lutheran Church
To build a community engagement space in an adjacent property to the church to provide crisis counseling, financial literacy courses and teen leadership development to meet the needs of the underserved in University City.

$25,000

Salem Lutheran Church & School

To provide an event for the community to proclaim the good news that God sent His son to save us.

$1,500

St. Trinity Lutheran Church

To hire a part-time CIE intake coordinator to better support clients and neighbors in the church food pantry.

$10,000

St. Trinity Lutheran Church

To support congregational participation in year three of the Pastoral Leadership Institute (PLI) St. Louis-based cohort.

$2,250

Trinity Lutheran Church & School

To reach out to the Orchard Farm/St. Charles Community by connecting with our neighbors and engage the members in service to the community.

$10,000



Foreign-Born Populations

A.T. Still University of Health Sciences
To increase the accessibility of dental services to foreign-born individuals by translating patient forms and education materials.

$53,000

Bilingual International Assistant Services
To expand case management and basic needs support to 150 foreign-born seniors who primarily live in St. Louis County with the support of a multilingual Community Access Worker team.

$26,000

Bilingual International Assistant Services
To provide navigation and translation for foreign-born older adults seeking the COVID-19 vaccine.

$4,500

Casa de Salud

To facilitate the administration of the COVID-19 vaccine to foreign-born individuals and families by purchasing storage equipment.

$7,500

Casa de Salud

To offer healthcare navigation, patient advocacy, and case management through the Guides for Understanding, Information, and Access program.

$82,000

Children's Home Society of Missouri dba FamilyForward

To assist 130 non-English speaking survivors of domestic violence in their efforts to access necessary resources and advocate for their needs and rights as they work toward self-sufficiency, by providing multilingual and multicultural advocacy services.

$50,000

Christ Church UCC
To serve marginalized Spanish-speaking immigrants through acts of pastoral service, advocacy, social services, weekly Bible lessons and community gatherings.

$10,000

Christian Friends of New Americans
To offer tutoring to New American children and allow up to 29 children attend an area Lutheran elementary or high school by providing scholarships.

$47,100

Christian Friends of New Americans

To support 24 Lutheran Churches' fundraising efforts to support CFNA.

$327,531

FORAI, Inc.

To expand artisan leadership opportunities to increase the number of immigrant and refugee women who can develop their artistic and entrepreneurial skills and earn supplemental income.

$17,600

Health Protection & Education Services

To enable the organization to strengthen partnerships to improve access to care, create capacity for systemic evaluation of client outcomes, and to use evaluation results to improve processes and client services.

$20,700

International Institute of Metropolitan St. Louis

To respond to the St. Louis Afghan refugee crisis by increasing organizational capacity with a Volunteer Coordinator, Donations Coordinator, and investments in IT software and infrastructure.

$200,000

Lydia's House

To improve the self-sufficiency of eight foreign-born families who are survivors of domestic violence by providing culturally competent housing and support services.

$12,000

Maryville University of St. Louis - Walker Scottish Rite Clinic

To identify and provide direct therapy to 35 Spanish-speaking preschool age children with speech-language disorders with a Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist.

$10,000

Migrant & Immigrant Community Action
Project (MICA)

To improve the self-sufficiency and integration of 50 foreign-born individuals by providing legal services and to offer additional legal workshops and clinics with an Accredited Representative.

$50,000

Puentes de Esperanza -- Bridges of Hope

To provide 210 immigrant clients with crisis intervention, case management, and community education with the support from Community Navigators and a Bilingual Family and Community Advocate.

$80,000

Sierra Leone Community of St. Louis

To provide after-school programming to school-aged children with homework help, recreation activities, and creating relationships with trusting adults.

$3,000

St. Francis Community Services

To support 60 immigrants through the family law process by partnering with attorneys, navigating pro se procedures, offering conflict mediation and advocacy, providing outreach workshops, and case management services with a bilingual Client Services Coordinator.

$65,000

St. Francis Community Services

To support the agency's efforts to increase access, education and distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine through collaborative efforts, event coordination, and an informational video series.

$5,000

St. Louis Community Foundation

To support a collaboration of funders looking to support new arrivals into St. Louis.

$100,000

St. Louis Crisis Nursery

To provide support to 182 Latinx families by offering case management and crisis intervention with a Senior Latinx Resource Specialist.

$36,000

St. Louis Inter-Faith Committee on Latin America

To strengthen the collaboration and coordination of the Immigrant Service Provider Network (ISPN) curating resources, hosting educational programs, convening providers, and supporting shared initiatives.

$25,000

St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute

To provide 20 foreign-born individuals with mental health services through the Mental Health Collaborative and strengthen evaluation with the use of an Electronic Medical Records system.

$13,500

Vitendo4Africa

To provide education, transportation, and events such as mass vaccinations and health fairs to support the health and wellness of foreign-born individuals seeking the COVID-19 vaccine.

$10,400

Washington University

To provide 50 immigrants with client-centered, cross-cultural legal services and to increase interest in immigration law by training law students.

$20,000



Justice-Involved Individuals and their Families

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri

To provide comprehensive mentoring services and intensive wraparound support to 400 youth who have at least one incarcerated parent.

$20,000

Center for Women In Transition

To strengthen core programs and ensure the ongoing quality of services provided by supporting a Director of Programs who will develop organizational program strategy, oversee effective management of programs, monitor client outcomes and build a new client database system.

$61,000

Connections to Success

To provide employment readiness training and support, including a Job Coach and Mentor, to 60 justice-involved individuals in the Metro East area.

$50,000

Criminal Justice Ministry

To align organizational activities around clearly defined strategic direction and priorities to achieve the vision of empowering those impacted by incarceration and eliminating recidivism through program evaluation, business planning for property management entity, and strategic planning with the Board of Directors and other key stakeholders.

$63,000

Dream Center of Alton, NFP

To provide 80 justice-involved individuals with basic needs, discipleship, life skill classes, and job referral and placements upon release from jail/prison.

$25,000

Fathers and Families Support Center

To provide case management services to 80 pre-release participants residing in the Transition Center of St. Louis, assisting in their successful transition back into the community.

$55,000

Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri

To preserve the mother-daughter relationship of incarcerated parents, reduce the trauma of separation, and minimize girls' at-risk behavior through Girl Scouting, and provide opportunities for 40+ girls to share positive experiences with their incarcerated mothers with expansion to the Chillicothe Correctional Center.

$25,000

Healing Action Network

To increase healthy connections with others and reduce depressive symptoms in survivors of commercial sex exploitation within and outside of jail by offering peer support, case management, transportation, and assistance with basic needs.

$35,000

International Crisis Aid

To support the expansion of crisis intervention services provided to 326 justice-involved individuals who have been victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation.

$37,500

Jacob's Ladder Ministries

To provide 30 justice-involved men and women with group and one-on-one mentoring utilizing a Christian-based mentoring curriculum and Christian volunteers.

$25,000

Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois
To perform a community needs assessment for the implementation of the LCFS Pre-Generations program in St. Clair County, IL, targeting young adults (ages 17 years and older) involved in the criminal justice system.

$45,000

Mission St. Louis

To support implementation and management of a customized Salesforce database for the Employment and Community Health as One (EACH1) project.

$55,000

Near Southside Employment Coalition (NSEC)

To rehab the façade of the building including windows.

$10,000

Queen of Peace Center

To support PROJECT WORTH (Women Overcoming Re-incarceration Through Hard work), which offers peer support services, parenting education, and expanded access to physician services to 60 justice-involved women seeking treatment for a substance use or co-occurring disorder.

$48,000

Reset Missouri

To provide supportive, family-style housing for 12 men who have been convicted of a sex crime, are required to register on the sex offense registry, and are coming directly from incarceration.

$35,000

Saint Louis University
To train second-chance employers in best practices for hiring justice-involved employees and providing on-the-job support.

$35,000

SoulFisher Ministries

To provide post-release, reentry services for justice-involved women, specifically those released from the Women's Eastern Reception and Diagnostic Correctional Center in Vandalia and returning to St. Louis. Services include supportive housing at scattered sites and case management.

$50,000

St. Patrick Center
To expand workforce development programming to incorporate reentry services that support justice-involved individuals as they transition into employment and housing security.

$49,500

We Raise Foundation

To provide funding for a grant to a St. Louis-based nonprofit in partnership with We Raise Foundation of Chicago

$300,000



Lutheran Schools & Organizations

Chicagoland Lutheran Educational Foundation

To support the Principal of Immanuel Lutheran School in Olivette to participate in the professional development program Principal 360.

$15,000

Christ Community Lutheran School
To provide start-up funding for the establishment of two CCLS Academy micro-schools for the 2021-2022 school year. Instructional coaches will be employed to guide up to 60 students in Christ-centered, character-forming, and competency-based personalized learning.

$100,000

Intersect Arts Center

To develop an Arts and Faith Mentorship Program to deepen the connection between Intersect and congregants at Holy Cross Lutheran Church.

$80,000

Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois

To purchase air purifiers to aid in the safe return of youth campers in the summer of 2021.

$5,000

Lutheran Elementary School Association (LESA)

To more effectively serve area Lutheran school students by offering continuous educational improvement programs and resources through curriculum development, administrator and teacher professional development, marketing, and student services.

$57,000

Lutheran High School Association

To provide the materials and equipment needed for the addition of another 8th grade classroom for Lutheran North Middle School, enabling them to serve an additional 24 students during the 2021-2022 school year.

$55,000

Metro-East Lutheran High School
To provide tuition assistance to 11 students who matriculated from Unity Lutheran Christian Elementary School for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year.

$28,600

Metro-East Lutheran High School

To provide annual scholarship assistance for three years for up to 15 students per year who matriculated from Unity Lutheran School (East St. Louis) and further develop their God-given skills through the formation of Leadership Development initiatives that will prepare them for academic success and leadership roles at Metro-East Lutheran High School and beyond.

$135,000

Our Savior Lutheran Church & School

To support the development and implementation of the marketing program by employing staff to increase enrollment and manage social media platforms, fundraising events, and the website for Our Savior's church and school community.

$8,800

Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation

To provide 159 students with a quality Lutheran education by providing scholarships to children from low-income families residing in the City of St. Louis.

$40,000



Older Adults Maintaining Independence

Bethesda Health Group Foundation

To enable 60 older adults living in their home access to private duty services, durable medical equipment, and transportation by providing financial support.

$25,000

Cardinal Ritter Senior Services

To enable 35 older adults to remain in their home with ongoing case management and emergency assistance.

$32,000

Deaconess Faith Community Nurse Ministries

To provide navigation and case management for older adults seeking the COVID-19 vaccine.

$2,608

Deaconess Faith Community Nurse Ministries

To improve the health outcomes of 100 low-income seniors by providing case management, emergency assistance, and financial education through faith community nurses.

$33,000

Food Outreach, Inc.

To improve the overall health and disease management among 30 low-income veteran older adults affected by diabetes by providing nutritional, made-from-scratch meals, and dietitian services.

$25,000

HealthVisions Midwest

To reduce social isolation and increase connectedness among 48 older adults with the Circle of Friends program and volunteer telephone reassurance calls.

$49,500

Lutheran Senior Services

To provide 65 older adults with care management services and access to chaplaincy services through Aging Answers and to expand spiritual care to 110 older adults in affordable housing communities.

$101,000

Memory Care Home Solutions

To support 145 families with a loved one with Alzheimer’s and Dementia by providing in-home assessments, case management, and occupational therapy to ensure the implementation of skills, tools, and community resources that improve safety and quality of life.

$59,000

MindsEye Radio

To finalize and launch a mobile app to improve services and increase accessibility for older adults with a visual disability.

$34,000

Missouri EnergyCare, Inc. dba EnergyCare

To ensure older adults are able to remain safe and healthy at home by providing weatherization, energy audits, and equipment.

$19,000

Oasis Institute -- National

To provide 100 older adults with classes to improve their physical health, mental health, and community engagement through educational and wellness programming.

$28,000

Shepherd's Center of Webster-Kirkwood

To address the digital divide and promote healthy behaviors among older adults by providing tutoring, digital literacy classes, navigation, and devices.

$27,000

St. John's Community Care

To support older adults living with dementia and their caregivers with Adult Day services in the Metro East.

$20,000

Touchette Regional Hospital

To improve the health outcomes of 180 low-income older adults by providing health assessments, case management, and assistance with basic needs.

$30,000



Community Involvement Grants

Gateway Center for Giving

To provide annual support for 2021.

$15,000

Lutheran Services in America

To provide annual support for 2021.

$3,500

Our Savior Lutheran Church & School

To provide tuition support in honor of Michelle Eggold.

$5,000

Philanthropy Missouri

To honor the departing Executive Director of Philanthropy Missouri by supporting a farewell event and gift.

$500

University of Missouri St. Louis
To support the hiring of a new Program Director to relaunch the Coro Fellows program at UMSL.

$5,000



Grand Total

102 Grants

$4,070,739.00