2019 Grants



Christian Volunteerism Funding Focus Area

Assisi House

To support the salary and benefits of a new full-time Volunteer Coordinator who will recruit and manage volunteers and improve policies and procedures.

$70,000

Humanitri

To enhance 25 volunteers’ experiences through best practices in recruitment and management with a Volunteer Coordinator position.

$20,000

Mosaic Pregnancy and Health Centers
To improve volunteer management practices by continued support of a part-time Volunteer Coordinator who can recruit additional volunteers and strengthen relationships with area churches.

$15,000

Room at the Inn
To strengthen the volunteer program by expanding the Volunteer Coordinator position and providing volunteers from 58 partner congregations with training on trauma and situation de-escalation to better meet the needs of individuals who are homeless and suffering the impact of trauma.

$45,000

Room at the Inn

To strengthen the volunteer program by expanding the Volunteer Coordinator position. 

$22,000

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

$269,000



Congregation Social Service Outreach Ministry Funding Focus Area

Chapel of the Cross Lutheran Church

To build relationships with the North St. Louis County community by providing a Saturday Fun Fest on September 14, 2019.

$5,000

Child of God Church and School

To support the monthly family connections gatherings.

  $700

Christ Memorial Lutheran Church
To support the Sent Now initiative by purchasing and implementing Church Community Builder to improve congregation and volunteer management.

$5,000

Christ Memorial Lutheran Church

To improve the physical and spiritual health of community members by providing personal training and wellness coaching in a Lutheran fitness center.

$20,000

Faith Lutheran Church
To support and equip lay leaders to live their commitment to their community through the expansion of monthly small group/ life groups which incorporate service to the community.

$63,000

Faith Lutheran Church

To support the food and fellowship for the 600 people who attend the Stomp Out Addiction Walk.

$3,175

House of Prayer Christian Academy - HOPCA
To reduce isolation in 50 older adults by offering a bimonthly program that includes social activities, topical programs, and physical, mental and spiritual assessments.

$10,000

Immanuel Lutheran Church & School
To support congregational participation in year one of the Pastoral Leadership Institute (PLI) St. Louis based cohort.

$4,500

Intersect Arts Center
To continue to reach out to the Gravois Park neighbors by offering a concert series, feast services, music classes, lecture series, and community meals.

$57,000

Lansdowne Community Initiative, Inc.
To provide capital for the purchase and renovation of 2-3 homes surrounding Unity Church in East St. Louis to provide rental income to LCI.

$60,000

Lansdowne Community Initiative, Inc.

To produce four videos to aid in the fundraising efforts with individuals and businesses and to recruit additional volunteers. 

$1,300

Messiah Lutheran Church (S. Grand)
To create and print a monthly addiction devotional to support April 2019's "Addiction Awareness Month". This project is a partnership with Mt. Olive Lutheran Church.

$2,750

Messiah Lutheran Church (S. Grand)
To support congregational participation in year one of the Pastoral Leadership Institute (PLI) St. Louis based cohort.

$3,200

Messiah Lutheran Church & School (Weldon Spring)
To support congregational participation in year one of the Pastoral Leadership Institute (PLI) St. Louis based cohort.

$4,500

Mount Calvary Lutheran Church
To provide a food and fellowship wrap-up event for those in the church and community who served during the Brentwood Service Weekend.

$2,307

Pathfinder Church

To improve the lives of 30 community members seeking assistance from Pathfinder who can be supported by Christ in Action team members and a part-time Social Worker.

$7,750

Peach Lutheran Church

To reach out and share the love of Christ to the community by providing for basic needs of students and low income community members.

$5,000

St. Johns Lutheran Church
To partner with 8 LCMS churches to provide 5 weeks of summer camp based on multiple VBS modules for kids who attend an Eagle College Prep Charter School.

$5,000

St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church
To provide 20 children and youth with tutoring, biblical instruction and STEM activities in an afterschool program during the school year.

$10,000

St. Trinity Lutheran Church
To support congregational participation in year one of the Pastoral Leadership Institute (PLI) St. Louis based cohort.

$4,500

Timothy Lutheran Church
To provide transportation to Word of Life School and other activities for New American youth, students and families.

$5,000

Trinity Lutheran Church & School
To host three "Sensory Play" community events.

$2,750

Vincents Community Outreach
To support the salary of the part-time Kitchen Manager who works with the volunteers to provide meals at the daily lunch window and various monthly hot meal programs.

$42,000



Ex-offender and Family Services Funding Focus Area
To support the successful reentry of justice involved individuals by providing free legal services that resolve barriers to employment, family reunification, and self-sufficiency.

$7,025

To support the successful reentry of justice involved individuals by providing free legal services that resolve barriers to employment, family reunification, and self-sufficiency.

$40,000

To support the expansion of comprehensive mentoring services to 520 children of justice involved individuals, ensuring that they develop socially and emotionally and increase positive relationships. The program provides 1:1 mentoring and wrap-around and critical support services.

$14,000

Bravely
To strengthen Bravely's infrastructure, management and governance by hiring a Development Assistant to manage volunteer activities and engaging a consultant to assist with board and executive staff development.

$37,000

Center for Women In Transition
To strengthen core programs and ensure the ongoing quality of services provided by hiring a Director of Programs who will develop organizational program strategy, oversee effective management of programs, and monitor client outcomes.

$62,000

Center for Women In Transition
To provide a partial scholarship for staff participating in the 2019-2020 FOCUS Impact Fellows Program.

$3,000

Center for Women In Transition

To provide partial scholarships for two staff to attend the 2019 National Alliance of Recovery Residences' Conference in St. Louis.

$800

Connections to Success
To provide a partial scholarship for staff participating in the 2019-2020 FOCUS Impact Fellows Program.

$3,000

Connections to Success

To hire a consultant to begin succession planning for two founders.

$10,000

To expand services to 30 justice involved individuals in the Release to Rent Lite program by offering case management, housing, and other support services.

$75,000

To provide a partial scholarship for staff particiating in the 2019-2020 FOCUS Impact Fellows Program.

$3,000

To provide a partial scholarship for CJM's Property Manager to attend the 2019 National Alliance of Recovery Residences' Conference in St. Louis.

$400

Dream Center of Alton
To provide 180 justice involved individuals with basic needs, discipleship, life skill classes, job training, and job referral and placements upon release from jail/prison.

$22,500

To reduce recidivism rates for justice involved individuals through the provision of career training, job development, case management, placement, retention and supportive services.

$22,000

To provide a partial scholarship for staff participating in the 2019-2020 FOCUS Impact Fellows Program.

$3,000

Fathers' Support Center, St. Louis
To support the successful reentry of 40 justice involved individuals impacted by trauma by providing supplemental mental health services for participants in the Training to Work program.

$34,000

Fathers' Support Center, St. Louis
To provide a partial scholarship for staff participating in the 2019-2020 FOCUS Impact Fellows Program.

$3,000

FOCUS St. Louis
To support staffing facilitating the 2019-2020 Impact Fellows Program primarily focused on discovering innovative approaches to creating new employment opportunities for the formerly incarcerated.

$23,000

FUSE Corps
To support the FUSE Executive Advisor contracted to continue developing the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council for the Mayor's Office of the City of St. Louis.

$10,000

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 35+ girls to share positive experiences with their incarcerated mothers.

$12,500

Healing Action Network
To increase healthy connections with others and reduce depressive symptoms in 35 survivors of commercial sex exploitation within and outside of jail by offering peer support, case management, and transportation.

$60,000

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, and transportation.

$45,000

International Crisis Aid
To support the expansion of crisis intervention services provided to 80 justice-involved individuals who have been victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation.

$50,000

To improve the employment readiness and success of re-entry for 25 female ex-offenders for Promises of Hope Ranch in Lincoln County with services such as counseling, parenting classes, employment, basic needs, child care, and life skills training.

$33,000

To improve the employment readiness and success of re-entry for justice-involved females at Promises of Hope Ranch in Lincoln County with services such as counseling, parenting classes, employment, basic needs, child care, and life skills training.

$25,000

To provide partial scholarships for two staff to attend the 2019 National Alliance of Recovery Residences' Conference in St. Louis.

$800

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

$75,000

Nine Network Public Media

To support the 2019 National Conference on Higher Education in Prison and the airing of the Ken Burns' film "College Behind Bars".

$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 132 justice-involved women seeking treatment for a substance use or co-occurring disorder.

$60,000

Queen of Peace Center

To provide partial scholarships for two staff to attend the 2019 National Alliance of Recovery Residences' Conference in St. Louis.

$800

SoulFisher Ministries

To provide post release re-entry 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 support housing at scattered sites and case management.

$68,500

SoulFisher Ministries

To provide post release re-entry 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 support housing at scattered sites and case management.

$51,000

SoulFisher Ministries
To provide a partial scholarship for a volunteer/justice-involved individual participating in the 2019-2020 FOCUS Impact Fellows Program.

$3,000

St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church
To partner with Criminal Justice Ministry, Arch City Defenders and City jails to reduce barriers to re-entry by providing access to state identification and/or birth certificates and referrals for community services for 720 justice-involved individuals.

$20,000

Tri-County Advisory Board to Probation and Parole
To enhance opportunities for up to 40 justice-involved individuals on probation/parole to remain in society by providing financial assistance to address barriers to success.

$2,250



Supporting Foreign-Born Populations Funding Focus Area
Bilingual International Assistant Services
To expand mental health services to an additional 45 immigrant and refugee youth in the Hazelwood, Pattonville and Ritenour School Districts for comprehensive trauma-informed assessment, psychotherapeutic intervention, teacher training sessions/coaching, and parent support.

$36,000

Bilingual International Assistant Services

To expand mental health services to immigrant and refugee youth in the Hazelwood, Pattonville and Ritenour School Districts for comprehensive trauma-informed assessment, psychotherapeutic intervention, teacher training sessions/coaching, and parent support.

$27,000

Bread & Roses Missouri
To expand art education to 110 immigrant and refugee youth through summer workshops on topics of economic and social justice within churches and community organizations.

$8,000

Cardinal Glennon Children's Foundation
To support 16 immigrant and refugee parents who are experiencing parental stress by providing the culturally sensitive, Triple P parenting program.

$61,000

Casa de Salud
To offer accessible and high-quality health care for low income, uninsured foreign-born patients with a Lead Registered Nurse.

$57,000

Epworth Children & Family Services
To support 8 non-English speaking families and children at risk for child abuse/neglect by expanding access to translation services to work with a family therapist.

$13,000

Faith That Works
To provide 54 East African women with sewing training, professional development, and employment opportunities through the Nala project.

$22,000

Faith That Works
To discover possible partnerships, conduct leadership assessments and strategic planning for future business opportunities.

$1,000

Health Protection & Education Services
To improve the health outcomes for 80 prediabetic and diabetic foreign-born individuals by reducing cultural barriers with peer facilitators offering healthcare education workshops, language translation, and follow-up services.

$17,000

Health Protection & Education Services

To improve the health outcomes for prediabetic and diabetic foreign-born individuals by reducing cultural barriers with peer facilitators offering healthcare education workshops, language translation, and follow-up services.

$13,000

Immigrant & Refugee Women's Program
To strengthen the organization’s overall effectiveness and sustainability by investing in strategic planning, IT and phone upgrades and staff training in fundraising software.

$20,000

Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, Inc.
To provide legal services to 40 immigrant families with representation for naturalization and visa applications.

$29,000

LifeWise STL

To improve the mental health of 140 foreign born youth and women by offering trauma-informed and culturally responsive mental health services such as, therapeutic groups, individual therapy, case coordination and targeted referrals.

$50,000

LifeWise STL

To improve the mental health of foreign born youth and women by offering trauma-informed and culturally responsive mental health services such as, therapeutic groups, individual therapy, case coordination and targeted referrals.

$38,000

Lydia's House
To improve the self-sufficiency of 8-10 foreign born families who are survivors of domestic violence by providing culturally competent housing and support services.

$20,000

Lydia's House

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

$15,000

Migrant & Immigrant Community Action Project (MICA)
To improve the self-sufficiency and integration of 130 foreign-born individuals by providing legal representation and to offer additional legal workshops and clinics with increased administrative capacity.

$44,000

Migrant & Immigrant Community Action Project (MICA)

To improve the self-sufficiency and integration of foreign-born individuals by providing legal representation and to offer additional legal workshops and clinics with increased administrative capacity.

$33,000

Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates, Inc. (MIRA)
To strengthen the collaboration and coordination of the Immigrant Service Provider Network (ISPN) by recruiting new participants and service providers, curating resources, hosting educational programs, and convening providers.

$15,000

Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates, Inc. (MIRA)
To help the organization strengthen its capacity to serve as a regional leader in organizing and advocating for the rights of all immigrants.

$20,000

Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates, Inc. (MIRA)
To help the organization strengthen its capacity to serve as a regional leader in organizing and advocating for the rights of all immigrants.

$20,000

Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates, Inc. (MIRA)

To provide emergency support to MIRA.

$10,000

Oasis International Ministries
To enable clients to attend English and citizenship classes, participate in social events and transport donations with the purchase of a van.

$10,000

Puentes de Esperanza - Bridges of Hope
To connect 240 immigrant families to services through a Welcome Center. A one stop shop initiative providing intake and assessment, crisis intervention, case management, and educational opportunities.

$43,000

Saint Louis University

To improve the physical and mental well-being of 50 immigrants through weekly health coaching.

$34,000

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

SouthSide Early Childhood Center
To support 20 immigrant parents with parent coaching to increase positive interactions with their children that support healthy child development and 10 immigrant families with financial coaching to improve financial stability.

$30,000

St. Francis Community Services
To support immigrants and refugees by providing adult bilingual counseling, transportation, and legal services.

$102,000

St. Francis Community Services
To support immigrants and refugees by providing adult bilingual counseling, transportation, and legal services.

$77,000

St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute
To provide 30 foreign born individuals with mental health services through the Mental Health Collaborative and strengthen evaluation with the development of an Electronic Medical Records system.

$22,000

St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute

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

$17,000

Vitendo4Africa
To support the health education, entrepreneurship, and social support of African refugees and immigrants in North St. Louis County by supporting the general operations, outreach, and programming of the organization.

$32,500

Vitendo4Africa
To support the health education, entrepreneurship, and social support of African refugees and immigrants in North St. Louis County by supporting the general operations, outreach, and programming of the organization.

$24,000

Vitendo4Africa
To provide support for the "Stressors in Immigrant Youth Assessed Within Community-based Programming" presentation.

$1,000

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

$30,000



Lutheran Education Funding Focus Area
Abiding Savior Lutheran Church & School
To transform a computer lab into a Makerspace where students will participate in hands-on, self-directed, exploratory learning in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM).

$75,000

Christian Friends of New Americans
To allow 29 children of New Americans to attend an area Lutheran elementary or high school by providing scholarship and tutoring assistance, as well as supportive services for their families.

$55,000

Christian Friends of New Americans

To allow children of New Americans to attend an area Lutheran elementary or high school by providing scholarship and tutoring assistance, as well as supportive services for their families.

$55,000

Immanuel Lutheran Church & School
To grow the enrollment of the preschool and elementary school through increased marketing efforts by hiring a part-time Admissions Director.

$29,000

Immanuel Lutheran Church & School
To grow the enrollment of the preschool and elementary school through increased marketing efforts by hiring a part-time Admissions Director.

$22,000

Lutheran Education Association
To support the Grow a Teacher program.

$10,000

Lutheran Elementary School Association (LESA)
To more effectively serve 8,850 area Lutheran school students by offering continuous educational improvement programs and resources through curriculum development, administrator and teacher professional development, marketing and student services.

$61,000

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

Our Savior Lutheran Church & School
To support a new part-time employee responsible for the development and implementation of a marketing program, the enrollment of new children, and management of fundraising events.

$18,000

Pathfinder Church
To support the innovative STJ LEAD school as it expands to include Kindergarten-6th grade for its project-based learning initiative.

$80,000

Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation
To provide 166 students with a quality Lutheran education by providing scholarships to low-income children residing in the City of St. Louis.

$40,000

Zion Lutheran Church & School
To hire a part-time Marketing, Outreach, and Admissions Director to increase K-8 enrollment by 33% over the 3 year life of the grant and 57% over the next 6 years.

$82,000



Older Adults Independence Funding Focus Area
Alzheimer's Associations - STL
To support the needs of older adults with Alzheimer's or dementia through the development of an educational toolkit and offering train-the-trainer workshops and congregational learning opportunities.

$36,600

Caritas Family Solutions
To increase the ability of 77 low-income older adults to obtain and retain employment in area nonprofits and public agencies by providing support services, training, and evaluation incentives.

$25,000

Emmaus Homes, Inc.
To provide intentional spiritual care case management (via a Chaplain) to 72 older adults with developmental disabilities.

$22,000

Lutheran Senior Services
To commemorate the rich heritage of the African-American community, churches, and schools in Richmond Heights with the erection of a historic sign at Richmond Terrace, the former site of the first African-American school in Richmond Heights.

$1,000

MindsEye Radio
To provide audio description for older adults who have a visual disability at local artistic and cultural venues and events through the recruitment, training and management of audio description volunteers.

$27,500

MindsEye Radio
To provide audio description for older adults who have a visual disability at local artistic and cultural venues and events through the recruitment, training and management of audio description volunteers.

$20,000

New City Fellowship of St. Louis
To improve the safety and independence of seniors by providing necessary kitchen and bathroom remodels using the services of a skilled, experienced contractor and an apprentice.

$47,000

Saint Louis University
To provide 40 older adults with dementia Cognitive Stimulation Therapy to determine the role of faith and spirituality in memory, depression, and overall functioning.

$34,000

Shepherd's Center of Webster-Kirkwood
To improve service delivery by improving volunteer communication, measuring better outcomes, and expanding service area to a new community with an identified need.

$25,000

St. John's Community Care

To reduce the stress of 140 caregivers, thereby improving the quality of life for their loved ones and themselves, by providing support groups, care planning, and workshops.

$13,000

Saint Louis Community Foundation

To ensure an equitable and accurate count in the 2020 Census by reaching hard to count communities through the St. Louis Census Funders Working Group.

$100,000

Saint Louis Community Foundation

To ensure ensure an equitable and accurate count in the 2020 Census by reaching hard to count communities through the St. Louis Census Funders Working Group.

$7,295

Webster-Rock Hill Ministries
To help 15 low-income older adults maintain independence by providing home repairs/ improvements.

$35,000

Webster-Rock Hill Ministries

To help low-income older adults maintain independence by providing home repairs/ improvements.

$27,000



Other Grants

Faith & For The Sake of All
To engage congregations in racial equity efforts in the St. Louis region through presentations, advocacy events, volunteer opportunities and the creation of an advisory group.

$40,000

Faith & For The Sake of All
To engage congregations in racial equity efforts in the St. Louis region through presentations, advocacy events, volunteer opportunities and the creation of an advisory group.

$40,000

Faith & For The Sake of All

To allow a speaker from Faith & For the Sake of All to present at the November Delegate meeting.

$500

Family Shield Ministries, Inc.
To support the 25th anniversary celebration.

$5,000

Gateway Center for Giving
To provide annual support for 2019.

$14,000

HealthVisions Midwest
To improve the health and well-being of elderly members in congregations and surrounding neighborhoods in East St. Louis by equipping and supporting congregations to strengthen their outreach ministries.

$37,000

HealthVisions Midwest
To improve the health and well-being of elderly members in congregations and surrounding neighborhoods in East St. Louis by equipping and supporting congregations to strengthen their outreach ministries.

$37,000

Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois

To increase safety for the children at Camp Wartburg by purchasing two Automated External Defibrilators and a first aid station.

$1,400

Lutheran Development Group
To provide affordable housing and support for low income residents of South St. Louis City by hiring a Community Coordinator.

$12,000

Lutheran Hour Ministries
To provide follow-up training/ workshops to 30 LCMS congregations (1,500 individuals) based on the Barna Group research on how to share ones faith in the digital age.

$45,500

Lutheran Hour Ministries

To support volunteer management and congregation social service outreach community training efforts held at LHM. .

$15,000

Lutheran Services in America
To provide annual support for 2019.

$2,500

R3 Development
To prepare 18 low-income youth for economic independence through Christ-centered vocational training, mentoring, volunteer service, leadership development, and discipleship.

$30,000

Youth In Need

To support a community education initiative aimed at increasing the St. Charles County sales tax dedicated to a Children's Community Service Fund.

$5,000



GRAND TOTAL

140 Grants

$3,938,803