Dear Greater St. Louis,
During this season of Thanksgiving, I am deeply grateful for your shared interest in and support of our community.
ARCHS’ growing network of strategic activities that invested $19 million in serving our most vulnerable residents is reflected in our FY 2016 Report (July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016).
As you read our report, I invite you to both celebrate ARCHS’ recent accomplishments and contemplate the ongoing challenges in our community.
You may not be aware of all the many education and social services that ARCHS’ unique partnership model implemented this past year in order to impact a total of 119,600 adults, children, and their immediate family members.
For example, we supported 47,000 children with these three services: 1) no-cost, school-based comprehensive vision care, 2) electronic benefits for summer meal purchases, and 3) free, high quality, five-days-per-week after school programming.
In order to better serve our community, ARCHS’ staff members travelled more than 26,000 miles across metro St. Louis to provide 16,000 hours of strategic technical assistance and professional development training to 29 organizations and programs at 380 locations.
I am humbled at the combined achievements – Board of Directors, staff, funders, and program partners – to impact our community’s needs. May you and yours have a blessed Thanksgiving.
Wendell E. Kimbrough, Chief Executive Officer
ARCHS was honored with a "legacy award" by the Helping Hands Food Pantry at their October 22, 2016 luncheon. ARCHS' Les Johnson (pictured above second from left) accepted the award that recognized the leadership role ARCHS has played in supporting an innovative summer meals program.
During the school year, many children receive meals through the School Breakfast Program (SBP) and National School Lunch Program (NSLP). When summer begins, these children lose access to healthy meals and their nutritional needs are not met when the schools close. Since 2012, ARCHS has participated in a national demonstration project to address this issue, providing more than 8,000 children with summer meals support.
The households chosen received extra funding each month per child for the summer months and prorated amounts for the partial months when school ended in the spring and resumed at the end of summer.
The St. Louis program is a partnership with ARCHS, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Missouri Department of Social Services, Family and Community Trust, St. Louis Public Schools, and Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis.
ARCHS is proud to celebrate the many achievements of Laura Haywood. Laura is a graduate of ARCHS' Culinary Institute for Ex-Offenders. She was recently recognized by her employer for her stellar work at Ballpark Village.
In 2016, Laura was also honored by Employment Connection as their "Adult Client of the Year." In September 2016, ARCHS invited Laura to meet with officials from the Missouri Departments of Corrections and Social Services to tell her story and share her life experiences, struggles, and successes.
The Culinary Institute is a partnership of ARCHS, Employment Connection, and St. Louis Community College-Forest Park. Pictured: Laura Haywood (left) with ARCHS' Gail Dickson.
On October 20, 2016 ARCHS participated in a panel discussion as part of the Capacity Builders Conference at St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley.
Network for Strong Communities partnered with The St. Louis Department of Economic Development to host the Conference. ARCHS' Chief Executive Officer Wendell Kimbrough provided an update on ARCHS' network of 36 supported organizations and programs.
The event provided not-for-profits with tools to help grow their organizations and secure sustainable resources - with a focus on those that are physically located in the St.Louis Promise Zone.
Pictured (left to right): Melinda McAliney (Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis), Diane Drollinger (Network for Stronger Communities), Wendell Kimbrough (ARCHS), and Gwen Wesley (Spirit of St. Louis Women's Foundation).
Fall 2016, three youth received their first employment opportunity by securing jobs at the Old Spaghetti Factory restaurant. They are participating in an ARCHS' supported youth mentoring program that provides job readiness preparation. The youth also participate in career exploration activities and field trips to area colleges and businesses.
Congratulations to the youth and their mentors for this achievement. The program is a partnership of ARCHS, Missouri Division of Youth Services (DYS), and Fathers' Support Center.