Have questions about Deaconess Anne House? See below, and if it's not covered you can contact the Director here.
Do corps members get paid? Yes! Corps members receive a $300 monthly stipend from The Episcopal Diocese of Missouri to cover personal expenses while they volunteer with us.
Do corps members receive health insurance? Corps members are provided with health insurance paid for in full by The Episcopal Diocese of Missouri unless they are eligible and able to remain on their parents' insurance plans (those under the age of 26).
Are corps members allowed to bring cars? Yes! Corps members may bring their cars, and are eligible for up to $80 in gas reimbursements per month. If corps members do not have cars, they receive a bus/metro pass for their term of service. We also have a program car and moped that corps members may share as a resource during their program year, though they must have a drivers license to operate either. Members are also encouraged to bring bicycles, if they have one, to get around the city!
Are corps members responsible for rent costs? Not here! Corps members live together at the Deaconess Anne House at no cost to them. All utilities, property taxes, maintenance costs, furniture, Wi-Fi, and other housing associated costs are paid by The Episcopal Diocese of Missouri. They each sign a lease with The Diocese prior to arrival.
Do corps members pay for their own food? Nope! Corps members receive the equivalent of $150 per person each month for groceries on a communal card. Shopping is done as a community!
What if an unexpected financial emergency or opportunity comes up? The Rt. Rev. Wayne Smith, the Bishop who founded DAH, helped establish the DAH Emergency Support and Continuing Education Fund to help aid corps members in covering the cost of an unexpected financial hardship or professional development opportunity while they have committed to living simply during their year of service.
Do corps members receive a bonus at the completion of the program? Yes! Corps members receive up to $800 at the completion of the year to aid them in costs for moving and deposit on an apartment or anything else. This is contingent on the fulfillment of their contractual obligation.
How many hours and what days during week do corps members work? Corps members serve 32 hours a week, Monday-Thursday. Fridays are reserved for Chapter Meeting and Discernment, as well as spiritual direction and practices! Some hours fall on Sunday for ecclesial placement sites.
Who do corps members interact with outside of the house community? Corps members enjoy the rich support of a community dedicated to their well being. Upon arrival, corps members are paired with a Host Family from a Sponsoring Parish and a local alum who serves as their Prayer Pal. Facilitators of classes in the Enneagram, theology, and anti-racism/anti-oppression regularly meet with members. In the spring, Mentors meet with members for coffee and conversation around vocation. Spiritual Directors and Therapists are also available to meet monthly with corps members. Parishes in the Diocese are always providing support through prayer and hospitality. Deaconess Anne House is also deeply rooted in the Old North St. Louis neighborhood, where corps members meet and interact with their neighbors! The community expands far beyond the walls of the house.