Episcopal City Mission's annual report to convention 2017
Episcopal City Mission (ECM) delivers its mission of “chaplaincy providing support, hope, and healing to children in the juvenile justice system” through the work of its three chaplains: the Rev. Dietra Wise Baker, Mr. Jeff Fabbiano, and the Rev. Kevin Aldridge. The chaplains serve the children in St. Louis City and County Detention Centers. ECM has also expanded its services to youth who are certified as adults and being held in the St. Louis City and County Justice Centers, along with serving two groups of youth at Missouri Hills, a Division of Youth Services (DYS) facility.
In 2017, ECM continued to “spread the word” of the chaplains’ work through our fundraising events and several visits to parishes where the chaplains provided sermons and participated in adult forums. Our 14th Annual Moment in Time (MIT) Gala was well attended and it raised a net profit of over $65,000. This year, MIT included a speaker from the St. Louis Family Court, Rick Gaines, Chief Juvenile Officer. Rick spoke about the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative and the changes within the County Detention Center.
ECM has been blessed in 2017 with several new endeavors which helps us spread our mission and promote our work. Some of these are:
- Launched a new ECM website that better represents what ECM does and the children we serve
- Revised the ECM video to include our current chaplains and video of the new St. Louis County Detention Center, which was introduced at the 2017 MIT and will be added to our new website
- Contracted with a grant writer to assist in grant applications and research new grant opportunities
ECM continues to explore ways to increase our presence in the community and ability to grow and serve more children in the juvenile justice system. ECM is now serving youth that have been certified as adults that are being held at the city and county Justice Centers. There are hundreds of children committed to Missouri DYS facilities. Many of the children in DYS already have relationships with ECM chaplains due to their time at the St. Louis City and County Detention Centers. Providing chaplains to the children in DYS facilities fits within our mission and we are currently providing two chaplains to work with one group of boys (Chaplain Kevin) and one group of girls (Chaplain Dietra) at Missouri Hills, a DYS facility that houses about 120 young men and women. It continues to be our goal to serve more children in DYS.
As noted above, serving DYS with more chaplain hours will once again be a primary objective for ECM in 2018. We will be looking to our supporters and funders to assist us in this endeavor. The ECM Board is committed to doing whatever is necessary to make this a reality in the future.
ECM chaplains continued to deliver our mission through existing programs, such as:
- Weekly nondenominational chapel services
- Monthly birthday parties, sponsored and attended by local church members
- Private conversations with a chaplain
- Grief and loss groups which help the youth explore the causes of their anger and behavior
- Faith hip hop concerts at the detention centers and Missouri Hills
We sincerely thank you for your continued support of Episcopal City Mission and the children we serve.
Read more about ECM’s programs and activities at www.ecitymission.org or like us on Facebook (facebook.com/episcopalcitymissionstl).
Elizabeth (Beth) Goad, Executive Director
Episcopal City Mission