On behalf of Area Resources for Community and Human Services’ (ARCHS) Board of Directors, staff, funders, and partners, we present our FY 2020 report(July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020.)
ARCHS provides expertise, resources, and funding through more than 30 initiatives. These efforts have served nearly 150,000 St. Louisans in resource-deprived communities with the long-term goal of disrupting cycles of generational poverty and trauma.
We share the FY 2020 report with great pride as COVID-19 had an impact on our typical day-to-day work. On March 17th, ARCHS’ staff started working remotely, conducting virtual partner check-ins, distributing intensive communication, and offering learning opportunities through Zoom. These efforts served St. Louis’ most vulnerable populations with needed resources and services to simply stay healthy.
ARCHS monitors the impact of its funded and strategically supported programs using the respected and vetted indicators of Kids Count®, No Kid Hungry®, Missouri Family and Community Trust (FACT), Ready by 21® St. Louis, and Forward Through Ferguson.
While we are pleased to pause and reflect on FY 2020, COVID-19 is not going away any time soon. ARCHS' team continues to secure funding and resources so partners can provide services to ensure child safety, educational opportunities, access to healthcare, and a thriving workforce in St. Louis. Each day, we work alongside our growing network of funders and grantee partners to put “continuous quality improvement” into action on the ground at 232 program site locations where positive impact is needed most.
We are proud to highlight the combined achievements of our community partners that have collectively ensured that our joint programming is currently valued at $30.18 million- with each dollar strengthening St. Louis families.
Thank you for supporting the power of partnering. We are always ready to evolve with the current state of the world to better serve the region.
Wendell E. Kimbrough ARCHS Chief Executive Officer
ARCHS is excited to announce the expansion of its Successful Work Incentives for Transitional Employment (SWIFTE) Program to include assistance to small businesses in St. Louis City and St. Louis County in the wake of hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
will work with ARCHS and SkillUp partners to match small businesses in the area with qualified job seekers who have a professional support system to achieve on-the-job success. Subsidized wages for the job seekers are covered for 90 days as those businesses determine if the participants are a good fit for the position.
We encourage you to share this free, upcoming webinar with small businesses in the area for more information about SWIFTE on January 27, 2021. Click HERE to register.
2020 is a year that will spark conversation for the rest of our lives and careers. ARCHS is proud of each one of you for adapting to our world going virtual in March, and again recently, with a spike in COVID-19 cases.
This year's holiday video showcases the history ARCHS and its partners have made and what we have to look forward to in 2021. The video's dialogue is inspired by the classic holiday poem T'was the Night Before Christmas.
All of us were met with challenges in 2020, but the experience allowed us all to discover better ways to serve resource-deprived children and families. A virtual world removed a few barriers, such as transportation for adults who are seeking trauma-informed care. A virtual world also allowed educators to advocate for neighborhoods in need of high-speed internet and access to technology.
ARCHS looks forward to continue providing expertise, resources, and funding to partners serving early childhood, school age, and family support initiatives.
ARCHS will be closed on December 24-25th and December 31-January 1st to observe the holidays. We wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Joyous Kwanzaa, and a prosperous New Year!
Wendell E. Kimbrough ARCHS Chief Executive Officer
Independent auditors have given ARCHS an "unmodified" or "clean" audit for the 19th consecutive fiscal year. ARCHS' FY 2020 (July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020) financial audit was reviewed and approved by ARCHS' Board of Directors at the December 9, 2020 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 tenth 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’ 19 years of noted sound financial stewardship is a testament to our steadfast commitment to our unique role as the region’s official community partnership organization,” said ARCHS’ Chief Executive Officer Wendell Kimbrough. “ARCHS carefully and purposefully balances its strategic fiduciary and human service program responsibilities focusing on disrupting intergenerational poverty and disparities.
During FY 2020, ARCHS had a $30.18 million impact on the region. Within that number, $11 million were grants, and $19.1 million were funds/resources secured by ARCHS funded human service programs.
According to ARCHS’ Chief Financial Officer Sheryl Mitchell, “The FY 2020 audit also highlighted that ARCHS’ “administrative overhead” costs are only 12.2 percent, which is below the national average of 25 percent as calculated by the national United Way and other groups. This means that 87.8 cents out of every dollar ARCHS manages goes to the delivery of human service programs that annually serve nearly 150,000 St. Louisans facing disparities and disadvantages. The remaining 12.2 cents provides strategic technical assistance and professional development services that assist in the management and evaluation of these vital programs.”