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ARCHS Awards $1 Million to Increase & Enhance Support Services for Crime Victims & Victimized Communiites

During FY 2023 ARCHS has awarded $1 million to a network of community partners to increase and enhance support services for crime victims and victimized communities.

Through the Neighborhood Healing Network (NHN), ARCHS leads a multi-faceted collaboration between trusted area organizations known for their support of under resourced families and neighborhoods dealing with violence and trauma/post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD).

Each funded partner offers unique expertise and has close relationships with neighborhood residents, businesses, and faith-based organizations. The partners work closely together and use common objective/outcome, training, referral, reporting, communication, and evaluation processes. ARCHS’ funded NHN partners include:

  • -Alive & Well Communities (Trauma/PTSD trainings)
  • -Better Family Life (Crime victim resource hub)
  • -Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis (Crime victim resource hub)
  • -Crime Victim Center (Crime victim support services)
  • -Fathers & Families Support Center (Crime victim resource hub)
  • -Mission: St. Louis (Crime victim resource hub)
  • -Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis (Crime victim resource hub)
ARCHS launched NHN in August of 2020 with funding provided by the Missouri Department of Social Services (Victims of Crime Act/VOCA). In 2022, ARCHS’ NHN was recognized by FOCUS St. Louis with a What’s Right With the Region award as an emerging initiative.

NHN has dramatically grown the availability of specialized support for crime victims (not specific to any one type of crime) from one city-based location to six, placing services directly in the neighborhoods experiencing violence and trauma/PTSD and providing multi-faceted trauma-informed care and services.

Over the past year, NHN has achieved the following results:
  • -727 victims of crime served and provided more than 606 acted upon referrals to area crime victim support/social service agencies.
  • -96 individual counseling sessions with 290 hours of counseling provided to NHN clients.
  • -98% of clients reported a positive experience accessing NHN services and 75% recommended NHN services to others.
  • -34 trauma education and support workshops conducted for initiative agency staff and community residents.

ARCHS Awards $3.9 Million for After School & Youth Development Services

ARCHS has issued $3.9 million to support and enhance after school and youth development services across the region. ARCHS provided FY 2023 grants to the following organizations:

  • -Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri
  • -Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis
  • -Employment Connection
  • -Fathers & Families Support Center
  • -Gene Slay’s Girls and Boys Club    
  • -Grind + Growth
  • -Hopewell Center
  • -Mark Twain Community Resource Center
  • -Midtown Community Center
  • -Northside Youth and Senior Service Center
  • -Riverview West Florissant Development Corp.
  • -Stray Dog Theatre/Arts in Mind
  • -United 4 Children
  • -Youth & Family Center

ARCHS secured its funding from the Missouri Departments of Elementary and Secondary Education and Social Services. ARCHS’ funded partners will provide additional leveraged/in-kind support to further advance the ARCHS’ funded programs. Services available through ARCHS’ funding include after school programs, behavioral health support, career exploration, college scholarship applications, HiSet preparation, job skills, mentoring, tutoring, and additional wrap around support services.

ARCHS FY 2022 Audit

Independent auditors have given ARCHS an "unmodified" or "clean" audit for the 21st consecutive fiscal year. ARCHS' FY 2022 (July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022) financial audit was reviewed and approved by ARCHS' Board of Directors at the December 7, 2022, 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 12th 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’ 21 years of stellar financial stewardship is a testament to our steadfast commitment to enhance our funded initiatives that improve the lives of children and families facing disparities and disadvantages in St. Louis’ most resource deprived communities,” said ARCHS’ Chief Executive Officer Wendell Kimbrough. “ARCHS carefully and purposefully balances its strategic fiduciary and human service program responsibilities focusing on disrupting generational poverty.”

During FY 2022, ARCHS had a $49.7 million impact on the region. Within that number, $20.9 million were grants issued to funded agencies, and $28.8 million were funds/resources secured by ARCHS’ funded agencies.

According to ARCHS’ Chief Financial Officer Sheryl Mitchell, “The FY 2022 audit also highlighted that ARCHS’ “administrative overhead” costs were only eight percent, which is below the national average of 25 percent as calculated by the national United Way and other philanthropic groups."

This means that 92 cents out of every dollar ARCHS managed in FY 2022 went to the direct delivery of vital human service programs that positively impacted the lives of more than 140,000 St. Louisans. The remaining eight cents provided strategic business consulting and professional development services that assisted in the management and evaluation of these vital local programs.

ARCHS Honored by Missouri Department of Corrections

At the November 2022 Missouri Reentry Conference, ARCHS' VP of Family Support Initiatives Les Johnson (pictured far right) was honored by the Missouri Department of Corrections with their first annual DOC "Community Partner" award. Les and ARCHS were recognized for 15-years of leadership in managing the St. Louis Alliance for Reentry (STAR). STAR provides professional development, networking, and resource sharing opportunities for organizations and professionals that provide services to justice involved individuals.

ARCHS Awards $8.4 Million to Enhance Early Childhood and Parenting Initiatives

In FY 2023 ARCHS issued $8.4 million to support early childhood and parenting initiatives across the state and region. ARCHS provided grants to the following organizations:
  • -Annie Malone Children and Family Services
  • -Community Partnership of the Ozarks
  • -Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition
  • -New Madrid County Human Resources Council
  • -Northeast Missouri Caring Communities
  • -St. Louis Arc
  • -The Community Partnership (Rolla)
  • -United 4 Children
ARCHS secured its funding from the Missouri Departments of Elementary and Secondary Education and 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 foster and adoptive care, parent education, therapeutic activities, and additional wrap around support.