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Since 2004, The Deaconess Community has granted over $2 million to ministries around the world who demonstrate:

  • A Gospel centered purpose that proclaims and furthers the reign of God among us;
  • A prophetic diakonia that commits itself to risk taking and innovative service;
  • Cooperative partnerships that invite participation, bridge divisions, and accompany others in mission;
    Inclusivity in mission that affirms the individual gifts of all people;
  • Stewardship that respects God’s gifts of time, talents, and resources.

Giving thanks for what more we can do together, we commit to partnering with our 2020 Grant Recipients as we work for justice and flourishing of all God’s Creation.

Read the Fall 2021 issue of The Deaconess Magazine with stories on 2021 new and renewing grants.


2022 Mission Grants


Renewing Grants

Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Community Table, New Orleans, LA
Café Esperanza, Pay as you Can Community Table, Reading, PA
Faith on Foot – Rutland United Methodist Church, Rutland, VT
Family of Promise of Tulsa County, Family Transportation, Tulsa, OK
Kids Above All, Outdoor Retreat Experience, Chicago, IL
Evangelisches Diakoniewerk Gallneukirchen, Inclusive, Multi-Ethnic Kindergarten in Bosnia-Herzegovina
Lutheran Center, The Upper Room, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
Lutheran Church in Liberia, Empowered by Light
Maine Poor People’s Campaign, Portland, Maine
Camp Nawakwa of Lutheran Camping Corp, PA, Nawakwa Growing Project, Arendtsville, PAShobi’s Table, St. Paul, MN
The Well, Philadelphia, PA
Together Here Ministries, Northeastern MN Synod, ELCA
Together Lab, Oregon Fellows, Oregon Synod, ELCA
Trinity Education Foundation, Seattle, WA
WE CARE Team, St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Carlisle, PA
West View HUB/Community Life Enrichment Foundation, West View, PA

New Grants

Kairos Center for Religions, Rights and Social Justice, New York, NY
Michigan Refugee Hope, Okemos, MI
Room at the Inn, Marquette, MI
Sanctuary Village, Philadelphia, PA
Storydwelling/ReVillage, Bend, OR
Volunteers of America – Minnesota and Wisconsin, Twin Cities, MN

2021 Mission Grants

Renewing Grants

Café Esperanza, Reading, Pennsylvania
Creative Living Community of Connecticut, Inc., Manchester, Connecticut
Earth Ministry, Seattle, Washington
Evangelisches Diakoniewerk Gallneukirchen, Upper Austria, Austria
Faith on Foot Street Chaplaincy – Good Shephard Lutheran Church, Rutland, Vermont Family Promise of Tulsa County, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Joy Reigns Lutheran Church Recovery Rental Assistance Program, Edgewater, Maryland Lower Lights Recovery, Columbus, Ohio
Nawakwa Growing Project, Arendtsville, Pennsylvania
Maine Poor People’s Campaign, Portland, Maine
The Well, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Oregon Fellowship, Portland, Oregon
Together Here Ministries, Duluth, Minnesota
WE CARE Team, Carlisle, Pennsylvania
West View HUB, West View, Pennsylvania

New Grants

Bethlehem Lutheran Church, New Orleans, Louisiana
Kids Above All, Chicago, Illinois
Lutheran Center, Lincoln, Nebraska Lutheran Church in Liberia, Liberia
Shobi’s Table, St. Paul, Minnesota
Trinity Education Foundation, Everett, Washington

2020 Mission Grants


Renewing Grants

Beloved Community Incubator,Washington DC
Creative Living Community of Connecticut, Manchester, CT
Earth Ministry, Seattle, WA
Foundation for Hope and Health in Haiti, Uniondale, New York, NY
Gathering Table, Kansas City, MO
Heart River Lutheran Church, Mandan, ND
Helping Overcome Poverty’s Existence, Inc. (HOPE), Wytheville, VA
Lower Lights Recovery, Columbus, OH

New Grants

Café Esperanza, Reading, PA
Faith On Foot/Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Rutland, VT
Family Promise of Tulsa County, Tulsa, OK
Joy Reigns Lutheran Church: Recovery Rental Asst. , Edgewater, MD
Evangelishches Diakoniewerk Gallneukirchen, Gallneukirchen, Austria
Poor People’s Campaign Maine, Bath, Maine
Nawakwa Growing Project/Lutheran Camping Corporation of Central PA, Arendtsville, PA
Together Lab of the Oregon Synod, ELCA, Portland, OR
The Well, Philadelphia, PA
Together Here, Northeastern Minnesota Synod, ELCA, Duluth, MN
WE CARE Team, St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Carlisle, PA
West View HUB/Community Life Enrichment Foundation, Pittsburgh, PA.