About ARCHS' Neighborhood Healing Network
According to FBI and St. Louis Metropolitan Police Reports, the number of homicides reported in the city in recent years has increased to historic levels, especially in the number of children killed. It's not just the victim affected when a violent crime takes place, it takes a toll on the behavioral, mental, and physical health of the entire neighborhood.
That's why ARCHS launched the Neighborhood Healing Network in August 2020. Funded by the Missouri Department of Social Services (Victims of Crime Act/VOCA), ARCHS is partnering with five non-profit hubs including Better Family Life, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis, Fathers & Families Support Center, Mission: St. Louis, and the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis.
The unique strategy behind ARCHS' Neighborhood Healing Network is to address both individual crime victims and victimized communities. When someone utilizes services at one of the hubs, staff will identify if they have been impacted by trauma and provide participants with resources to help overcome barriers to education and employment, creating healthier families in the long run.
The hub organizations were chosen due to their strategic locations across the City of St. Louis and their expertise to carry out Neighborhood Healing Network services. The hubs will also work closely with Alive & Well Communities and Crime Victim Center to organize educational programming for the public about abuse, victim rights, laws, violence, and available trauma-informed care.
By providing trauma-informed care and services, the Neighborhood Healing Network works to improve educational, economic, and health outcomes for individuals and communities.
To learn more about ARCHS' Neighborhood Healing Network, visit www.stlarchs.org or STL Neighborhood Healing Network on Facebook.
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 are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department or the Department of Justice Programs.