This fall ARCHS issued $5.5 million to support intensive workforce development initiatives across the region. ARCHS provided grants to the following organizations:
-Better Family Life, Inc.
-Bridging Families to Communities & Beyond
-Fathers’ & Families Support Center
-Mission: St. Louis
-St. Louis Agency on Training & Development (SLATE)
-Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis
ARCHS secured its funding from the Missouri Department of Social Services. ARCHS’ funded partners will provide additional leveraged/in-kind support to further advance the ARCHS’ funded programs.
Services available through ARCHS’ funded programs include job readiness training, incentive rewards, subsidized employment, certifications in high demand industries, transportation, uniforms, childcare, utility assistance, assistance for court referred non-custodial parents, and additional wrap around support services.
In FY 2021, despite the challenges of the pandemic, ARCHS' workforce development funded initiatives garnered employment for 492 individuals at an average hourly wage of $13.53 per hour (with pay ranges up to $19 per hour). As well, more than $1 million in child support payments was generated.