Diakon’s 150th Anniversary Campaign

Setting the stage for the next century-and-a-half

In recognition of 2018 as the 150th anniversary of the Diakon organizations, we have established four funds to serve as emphases during this celebratory year:

Benevolent Care

In 2016, Diakon provided nearly $18 million in uncompensated care so that older adults with limited financial resources through no fault of their own could continue to receive housing and personal or nursing care in our senior living communities. 

We are proud to provide this sense of security for our residents. But we need your help to continue to fulfill our mission of senior care in the face of rising health-care
costs and tight reimbursement levels.

Memory Support

Our senior living residents and their family members face increasing challenges caring for loved ones with memory-related illnesses. Although we operate a number of memory-support neighborhoods within our senior living communities, our goal is to create a supportive environment for people caring for loved ones at home, providing the opportunity for these caregivers to maintain some sense of normalcy in life, even if just for a few hours a day.

Our Memory Fund addresses all of these challenges, helping to support:

  • Residents with memory-related issues.
  • Family members caring for a loved one at home, for whom support groups help to maintain a sense of normalcy in life.
  • Memory-focused activities provided by professional staff in groups or personal settings.
  • Enhanced staff training on working with people with cognitive impairments.

Second Chance Fund

This fund has two purposes focused on ensuring the success of the children and youths served by Diakon programs:

  • Youths’ success in transitioning from our programs to fruitful community life is fraught with challenge. The Second Chance Fund provides a way for these young people to achieve independence by helping them to obtain employment, find adequate housing and continue with their education. Support may cover fees associated with tutoring, GED testing and college applications; academic supplies; professional attire for job interviews; and needed transportation. Students’ participation typically requires substantial community service, proof of employment or current grade report, completion of life skills training and commitment of their own financial resources.
  • Families involved in the Diakon Family Preservation and Reunification programs often need assistance with basic needs to ensure they are able to remain intact. The Second Chance Fund provides this critical help.

The Diakon Lutheran Fund

The direct descendent of the oldest part of the Diakon family of organizations, the Diakon Lutheran Fund provides perpetual support for our child, youth and family services. Gifts to the fund help to:

  • Unite waiting children and youths with loving foster and adoptive families, as well as provide for the immediate needs of children entering our families’ care. 
  • Provide guidance for older teens and young adults who need help to remain on the path to success in life but have few other options.
  • Compassionate, professional behavioral health care and counseling for children, youths and families in crisis.

Moreover, the Diakon Lutheran Fund offers the ability for donors to make gifts to:

  • A permanently restricted endowment, providing income to child and family services forever.
  • A temporarily restricted fund that can meet immediate needs.

More information on the Diakon Lutheran Fund can be found here.

Your generous gift to any of these funds will make a difference in the lives of at-risk children, youths and families not only now, but also well into the future—for another 150 years!