While many of us strained against the stay-at-home orders of the pandemic, and were impatient to get back to normal, there were others who prepared to re-enter the world after a much longer time locked away. People with criminal records face great obstacles in reentry, especially in finding employment. In the St. Louis area, job fairs hosted by the Transformative Workforce Academy have helped to meet this need. The pandemic made in-person gatherings impossible, so this year, they hosted the fair virtually. It proved to be a huge success.
A foundation partnership with a St. Louis area behavioral health nonprofit. Through the IWF grant, they were able to expand their crisis hotline support and advocate for the new 988 law for mental health services.
Incarnate Word Foundation provides funding to St. Louis area grade school summer programs, helping families during COVID-19 closures.
Since the pandemic hit, six pop-up shelters for the unhoused have emerged in St Louis city and county. This major endeavor to move hundreds of people off the streets has created safe shelter, and amplified needs for health services. Incarnate Word Foundation has provided funding to the Build Missouri Health coalition, through the region’s COVID-19 response team, to underwrite the costs of electronic tablets, hotspots, and other systems to connect shelter staff to telehealth support systems.
Every continent in the world is impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. In St. Louis, remarkable crossroads between communities are emerging in the call to help sustain each other. Through their grant to Forai, the Incarnate Word Foundation is supporting a powerful connection that spans the globe.
Foundation’s support of health services outreach to the unhoused in the City of St. Louis.
Bridget Flood from the Incarnate Word Foundation suggested this poem to share with our community saying: As I talk with my family, my neighbors, our Sisters and my friends, I’m profoundly moved by the impact of current events on every one of us. We must not lose hope. John O’Donohue, a favorite Irish poet of mine, offers us these inspiring words:
Last Friday, the Incarnate Word Foundation and Deaconess Foundation co-hosted a webinar on CoVid19 and St. Louis’ Kids: A Virtual Forum to Discuss Impact and Available Resources. Hundreds of people responded, and while some members of our community were unable to join the meeting, it was live-streamed on YouTube. Click here for the video recording.