Topic: Prisoner mentoring and reentry services, pre and post release
ARCHS was the only organization in Missouri to be awarded first round "Second Chance Act" funding from U.S. Dept. of Justice.
ARCHS partnered with Missouri Dept. of Corrections to implement the innovative mentoring program in three state prisons (located in Pacific, Vandalia, and Farmington). During the two-year program, 258 ex-offenders were served. The vast majority (98%) of these ex-offenders served by ARCHS' mentoring program did not recidivate, with only 2.4% having returned to prison. The program's impact achieved impressive results, compared with the national and state average recidivism rate of more than 35% returning to prison.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has renewed ARCHS' funding to facilitate the 2018 Summer Electronic Benefit Transfer for Children (SEBTC).
ARCHS, for the last 7 years, has partnered with the USDA to bridge the gap present among children who, when schools dismiss for summer break, lose out on the benefits provided by subsidized school meals. Often, the families of these children cannot make up for the extra funds needed to cover these meals and thus students miss out on healthy and nutritious food options, or worse potentially miss meals altogether.
The SEBTC program was created to allow for these students to continue receiving nutritious and affordable options throughout the summer break. The program gives additional funds to households with eligible children by adding extra funds to their existing EBT card balance to cover the increased need for grocery spending during the summer months.
Since 2012, this program has served over 40,000 children in the St. Louis area, resulting in an economic impact of over $350,000,000 in purchased groceries. ARCHS has been able to serve these communities through partnerships with the Ferguson-Florissant School District, St. Louis Public School District, the State of Missouri and the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis.
The SEBTC program is a federally funded pilot program and is not open to the public.
ARCHS developed a pilot national demonstration in the St. Louis bi-state region to inventory and prudently dispose of unwanted medications. The project was managed successfully, including substantive research and highly-regulated activities at 20 sites in four counties across two states.
39 community partners and senior service agencies were utilized. Documented demographics of 892 participants, type and amount of 296,650 medication doses returned. Documented results of educational outreach program to 3,331 seniors, 387 elementary school students, and 15 teachers.
ARCHS Won two national awards for their efforts in this pilot. Additionally, key outcomes were presented at four national conferences and replicated throughout the nation and internationally.
Topic: Provide life skills and mentoring program to underserved students
ARCHS collaborated with area police agencies and school districts to meet all milestones and performance measures in implementing a national gang prevention program for elementary and middle school students from the urban core of St. Louis.
Uniformed police officers, trained by GREAT in the national curriculum, taught the weekly lessons during the school day for students and their classroom teachers, and taught the families component during the summer for select students and their parents.
More than 4,300 at-risk students were served.
The vast majority of surveyed students and parents agreed that GREAT graduates increased their positive attitudes about anti-gang, law enforcement, conflict management, and decision making.
Additional survey results showed that 100% of police officers agreed that they themselves learned new information about gang prevention in the professional development trainings and would apply what they learned in their law enforcement work.