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ARCHS' FY 2021 Audit

FY21 Audit Report

Independent auditors have given ARCHS an "unmodified" or "clean" audit for the 20th consecutive fiscal year. ARCHS' FY 2021 (July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021) financial audit was reviewed and approved by ARCHS' Board of Directors at the December 8, 2021, meeting.

Issuance of “unmodified” means an auditor, upon review of an organization’s financial statements and accompanying notes, concluded that the financial statements and accompanying notes are presented fairly, conform to generally accepted accounting principles, and fairly represent the true financial picture of the organization.

For the 11th consecutive year, ARCHS has also successfully completed a federal 2 CFR 200 audit (formerly called an A-133 audit) for its work with federal funding. A 2 CFR 200 audit is required for any organization that expends more than $750,000 in one year from federal government funding.

“ARCHS’ 20 years of noted sound financial stewardship is a testament to our steadfast commitment to enhance initiatives that improve the lives of children and families facing disparities and disadvantages in St. Louis’ most resource deprived communities,” said ARCHS’ Chief Executive Officer Wendell Kimbrough. “ARCHS carefully and purposefully balances its strategic fiduciary and human service program responsibilities focusing on disrupting generational poverty.”

During FY 2021, ARCHS had a $33.4 million impact on the region. Within that number, $13.6 million were grants, and $19.8 million were funds/resources secured by ARCHS’ funded human service programs.

According to ARCHS’ Chief Financial Officer Sheryl Mitchell, “The FY 2021 audit also highlighted that ARCHS’ “administrative overhead” costs were only 12.3 percent, which is below the national average of 25 percent as calculated by the national United Way and other philanthropic groups."

This means that 87.7 cents out of every dollar ARCHS manages goes to the delivery of human service programs that annually serve nearly 68,000 St. Louisans facing disparities and disadvantages. The remaining 12.3 cents provides strategic business consulting and professional development services that assist in the management and evaluation of these vital local programs.

ARCHS Awards $5.5 Million to Enhance Workforce Development Initiatives

Nov workforce grants

This fall ARCHS issued $5.5 million to support intensive workforce development initiatives across the region. 
ARCHS provided grants to the following organizations:

-Better Family Life, Inc.
-Bridging Families to Communities & Beyond
-Employment Connection
-Fathers’ & Families Support Center
-Mission: St. Louis
-St. Louis Agency on Training & Development (SLATE)
-Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis

ARCHS secured its funding from the Missouri Department of Social Services. ARCHS’ funded partners will provide additional leveraged/in-kind support to further advance the ARCHS’ funded programs.

Services available through ARCHS’ funded programs include job readiness training, incentive rewards, subsidized employment, certifications in high demand industries, transportation, uniforms, childcare, utility assistance, assistance for court referred non-custodial parents, and additional wrap around support services.

In FY 2021, despite the challenges of the pandemic, ARCHS' workforce development funded initiatives garnered employment for 492 individuals at an average hourly wage of $13.53 per hour (with pay ranges up to $19 per hour). As well, more than $1 million in child support payments was generated.

Neighborhood Healing Network: Year One Impact



In 2020, ARCHS launched the Neighborhood Healing Network (NHN). Despite the many challenges of the pandemic, ARCHS and its partners found innovative ways to connect the community with services and programs. 
With the help of ARCHS’ NHN, since August 2020, 390 victims of crime were supported and given the necessary assistance needed to begin the healing process.

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ARCHS secured $1 million in funding from the Missouri Department of Social Services (Victims of Crime Act/VOCA) to create NHN. ARCHS' NHN partners include Alive & Well Communities, Better Family Life, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis, Crime Victim Center, Fathers & Families Support Center, Mission: St. Louis, and the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis.

As clients engage with NHN service locations, they are provided information about crime victim and trauma support services available to them and their family members. NHN staff help clients directly engage with area agencies that provide behavioral health, education, employment, housing, and a myriad of additional human services.

Knowing that trauma impacts entire neighborhoods and communities, NHN also hosts community education programs to discuss the impact of trauma and victim’s rights.

ARCHS’ NHN partners are strategically located throughout the urban core of St. Louis. Over the past year, NHN has provided 666 direct referrals to area victim/social service agencies to assist crime victims. Additionally, 30 trauma focused workshops were conducted for NHN staff, neighborhood residents, and sector professionals. ARCHS reported a 92% positive experience accessing NHN services and 76% recommended NHN.

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department has reported that as of October 23, 2021, 196 firearm deaths have occurred this year. A growing number of shooting victims in St. Louis, Missouri, sadly are children. SLMPD reports 11 children (17 and under) lost their lives from gun violence.

“The time is now, we must provide the resources needed for families and communities to address generational trauma/PTSD and build stronger neighborhoods,” says Wendell E. Kimbrough, ARCHS’ Chief Executive Officer.

This project is made possible by the funding made available through the Victims of Crime Act Fund administered by the Missouri Department of Social Services, Division of Finance and Administrative Services. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition.

ARCHS Awards $2.5 Million for After School Programming



This fall ARCHS issued $2.5 million to provide free after school programming for 1,900 students at 29 locations in the Jennings and Saint Louis Public School districts. ARCHS issued grants to the following organizations:

-Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis
-Gene Slay’s Boys and Girls Club
-Hopewell Center
-Northside Youth and Senior Service Center
-Provident Behavioral Health
-Stray Dog Theatre/Arts in Mind 
-Unleashing Potential
-United 4 Children (Professional Development Training)

ARCHS’ After School for All Partnership (ASAP) is the largest coordinated after school system in St. Louis, providing free, high-quality programming for under-resourced children in grades K-5. ARCHS secures its funding for ASAP from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and Saint Louis MHB. Additional in-kind support is provided by the Jennings School District and Saint Louis Public Schools.

ARCHS’ ASAP programs focus on four core activities: academic support/enrichment, social/life skills, health/recreation, and parent/family involvement. All ARCHS’ ASAP sites meet state licensing standards. ARCHS’ ASAP site staff are provided with extensive professional development training opportunities.

During the most recent school year, ARCHS’ ASAP served 1,370 students at 29 locations through in-person and virtual settings. Students benefitted from 17,826 learning activities and 300,000 hot meals.

ARCHS FY 21 Impact Video Report



ARCHS has released its FY 21 Impact Video Report. The video showcases the amazing work of its 27 funded partners during the most challenging of times. They each found innovative ways to navigate the pandemic, and NONE missed an opportunity to push the boundaries of innovation to meet urgent client needs.

Whether in-person or virtual, these combined efforts led to more than 64,148 of the region’s most under-resourced residents to be provided with vital human services. With a combined economic impact of $33.4 million, ARCHS and its partners are committed to convening and collaborating to enhance programs. 

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