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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.

Annual Child Well-Being Report Ranks Missouri 27th Among States

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Children in Missouri are facing unprecedented levels of anxiety and depression - that's according to the 2022 KIDS COUNT Data Book released August 8 by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. 
The 2022 report finds mental health is a concern across the country, as kids felt the pressures from COVID-19. Nationally, nearly 12% of children had anxiety or depression, while in Missouri it was about 11%.

Tracy Greever-Rice, program director of Missouri KIDS COUNT for the Family and Community Trust (FACT), said it's crucial that kids have access
to mental-health care. "In metropolitan areas we have clusters of mental and behavioral health professionals," said Greever-Rice. "But in more rural areas access becomes more of a challenge and becomes impacted by non-clinical things like transportation."

She added that affordable health-coverage options, either through private insurance or Medicaid, also is key to ensuring access to care. About 6% of Missouri kids lack health insurance, according to the report. Missouri showed improvement in all of the report's economic indicators, including a lower child poverty rate than the national average.

Leslie Boissiere - vice president for external affairs with the Casey Foundation - said the federal government has offered supports, such as additional food assistance during the pandemic, but notes that help is likely to expire soon.

"It's incredibly important that decisionmakers seize the opportunity and the lessons learned during the COVID-19 period," said Boissiere, "when more resources were provided to families. So that we can make sure that every child has their basic needs met and that the overall well-being of children increases."

Areas for concern for Missouri in the KIDS COUNT data include fourth grade reading proficiency and eighth-grade math proficiency, as well as the percentage of low-birth weight babies, and youths who are overweight or obese.

Greever-Rice said these are areas where good short-term and long-term policies can make a big difference in kids' lives as they mature into adulthood. "Attentiveness to these issues will make a big difference and prevention is not just good for individuals," said Greever-Rice, "but also more efficient and a less expensive way to do public policy. "

According to the report, Missouri ranks 27th overall for child well-being among the 50 states.

Click HERE to review the 2022 KIDS COUNT Data Book.

FY 2022 After School Impact


ARCHS conducts extensive evaluation of all of its funded initiatives to document the impact on client services.

At the end of the 2021-2022 school year, ARCHS conducted surveys with its funded after school program staff, youth participants, and their parents/caretakers. The surveys represent a proactive approach to assess program quality and allow for strategic program adjustments as needed for the upcoming 2022-2023 school year.

Surveys for all after school audiences assessed the social and emotional learning goals of Conscious Discipline® training implemented in the 2021-2022 school year.

Conscious Discipline is a comprehensive classroom management program based on current brain research, child development information, and developmentally appropriate practices specifically designed to make changes in the lives of adults first. The adults, in turn, change the lives of children and adults stay in control of themselves and in charge of children.

In an end of year survey, 98% of staff indicated they are incorporating Conscious Discipline practices in their after school program. Both staff and parents/caretakers indicated they are seeing the results of this training. Nearly all staff (98%) reported “My after school program helps enhance students’ personal and social skills.”

From their perspective, 91% of parents/caretakers are seeing the benefits of Conscious Discipline training, agreeing with the statement, “The after school program is helping my child express emotions in a positive way.”

Parent/caretakers as well as youth value their after school program. The majority of parents/caretakers (97%) rated their program quality in the 2021-2022 school year as good (26%) or excellent (71%). Similarly, the majority of youth (99%) rated their program quality as medium (29%) or high (70%). As one parent stated, “I think this is the best after care program my children ever attended.”

During the FY22 school year, ARCHS issued $2.5 million to provide free after school programming for 1,900 students at 29 locations in the Jennings and Saint Louis Public School districts. ARCHS secured its FY22 funding from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Saint Louis Mental Health Board. ARCHS' funded after school partners include:

-Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis
-Gene Slay’s Girls and Boys Club
-Hopewell Center
-Northside Youth and Senior Service Center
-Provident Behavioral Health
-Stray Dog Theatre/Arts in Mind 
-United 4 Children