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.”
ARCHS is excited to bringTom Copeland, the nation’s leading expert on the business of family child care, back to present a virtual session for child care providers in Missouri on January 25, 2021from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Participants can earn two Missouri Clock Hours if needed.
Tom has conducted training workshops and webinars for family child care providers, trainers, and tax preparers since 1982. Join us as he speaks to child care and small business owners on how the COVID-19 pandemic will impact their 2020 taxes.
During this webinar, providers will review business planning tools and will have the opportunity to work with National business planning expert Tom Copeland to learn how COVID-19 will impact their 2020 taxes. This webinar will cover:
How to treat income from SBA loan programs
How to report unemployment benefits
How to calculate your Time-Space% if you have been closed for a time in 2020
Top Right: Ozzie Smith and Ali Wells from the Gateway PGA Reach Foundation; Bottom Right: Alderman Brandon Bosley reflects on his time as a 'club kid' with his young son in tow; Top Left: ARCHS' CEO Wendell Kimbrough congratulates Boys & Girls Club CEO Dr. Flint Fowler on the acquisition of the old Carter Carburetor site; Bottom Left: Mayor Lyda Krewson speaks in a socially distanced press conference with EPA officials and Congressmen William Lacy Clay by her side.
ARCHS' School Age Initiatives partner, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis, celebrated an accomplishment years in the making this week. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the completion of the site cleanup at the Carter Carburetor Superfund Site in North St. Louis. The property was then turned over to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis on September 16, 2020 in a ceremony featuring Boys & Girls Club CEO Dr. Flint Fowler, St. Louis City Mayor Lyda Krewson, U.S. Congressman William Lacy Clay, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler, St. Louis Ward 3 Alderman Brandon Bosley, Gateway PGA Reach, and Cardinals Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith.
"The Carter Carburetor cleanup completion announcement today is more exciting than any announcement coming out of Washington, D.C. this week," expressed EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. The former eye sore will now be transformed into a youth golf training and sports facility to bring a new hobby to North St. Louis families. Children will gain access to miniature golf, disc golf, walking courses, and golf internships.
St. Louis Ward 3 Alderman Brandon Bosley was a member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis as a child, and had a full circle moment as he spoke at the Carter Carburetor Cleanup Ceremony. "I'm excited for my son to be a club kid and open his eyes to even more opportunity than I had," he beamed with his toddler beside the podium.
After the ceremony, members of the EPA came to the ARCHS office in Midtown to talk to ARCHS' CEO Wendell Kimbrough about how important the Carter Carburetor Cleanup Project is and how ARCHS has contributed to environmental efforts in St. Louis. Click HERE to watch that interview.
ARCHS has played a significant role in communicating with the EPA since the early 2000's. Back in 2007, the EPA granted ARCHS $100,000 to help area residents and businesses learn how to safely dispose hazardous waste. The conversation quickly led to how important the Carter Carburetor Cleanup Project is to create a healthier life for families living in the area. In 2010, ARCHS CEO Wendell Kimbrough met with EPA staff multiple times to discuss the need for environmental attention in St. Louis.
Left: ARCHS' CEO Wendell Kimbrough speaks with EPA Region 7 Administrator Karl Brooks in 2010. Right: Kimbrough speaks with EPA Region 7 Administrator Jim Gulliford at 2020 Carter Carburetor Cleanup Ceremony.
Mr. Kimbrough's voice, along with many others, finally turned to action as the EPA began the $35 million site cleanup in 2013. The project was deemed critical for completion in 2017, and finally completed in 2020. The timeline below shows what led to Carter Carburetor becoming a priority for major stakeholders and how long an effort to clean an EPA Superfund Site takes.