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Springing into Workforce Development through SkillUP

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workforce development initiatives have persevered through the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic. ARCHS continues to fund and provide strategic technical assistance to SkillUP programs through our St. Louis partners. Right now, St. Louisans have the opportunity to learn while they earn. 

SkillUP is a free program that helps Food Stamp (SNAP) recipients get help with skills, training, and employer connections to get a job (or a better job). A SkillUP job coach from the agencies below will work with someone to create an individual plan to help them reach goals and start a new career. 

ARCHS' SkillUP partners have teamed up with the following local employers to place job seekers: Amazon Fulfillment Center · Building the Dream Equity Management LLC · Footprints Learning Academy · Our Time to Grow Learning Center · Penske · Revive Janitorial · SSM Health · The Home Quest Group · The Link Market · Schnucks

Contact information for each of ARCHS' SkillUP partners is below:
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Highlighting the Neighborhood Healing Network in April

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April brings attention to the effects of crime and trauma with National Crime Victims' Rights Week from April 18-24th. ARCHS wants to highlight its Neighborhood Healing Network program for the entire month of April, and remind St. Louisans that help is available year-round. 

The Neighborhood Healing Network is a unique program because it provides wrap-around services tailored to an individual or family who has either been directly or indirectly impacted by crime and violence. Community resource specialists at each of our five non-profit hubs can connect residents of St. Louis City or County to victim services, social services, trauma workshops, and support groups for both the general public and professionals in different sectors. 

All Neighborhood Healing Network Sector Trainings and Public Workshops ensure the following for attendees:

  • Develop a deeper understanding of trauma and its impact.
  • Gain trauma-sensitive practices and strategies to avoid re-traumatizing individuals who have experienced trauma and/or victimization.
  • Learn to navigate community resources and networks to support the immediate and long-term needs of individuals who experience trauma.

Neighborhood Healing Network Sector Training for Early Childhood Professionals (April 28 from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. via Zoom)

Click here to view archived sector trainings for Workforce Development professionals and Faith-Based Leaders.

Public Workshops in April 
(Anyone from St. Louis City or County can attend, and there will be a $25 attendance raffle.):

If you are in need of assistance from the Neighborhood Healing Network, reach out to any of ARCHS' non-profit hubs below:
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Missouri KIDS COUNT Data Book 2021 Released

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Missouri KIDS COUNT has released its 28th annual snapshot on the well-being of the state’s children including indicators tracking trends in four domains, economic, education, health, and family and community.
The current indicators show a snapshot of how our state’s children faired in 2019, compared to previous years, serving as a baseline as we begin to understand the catastrophic impact that COVID-19 has had on Missouri’s families with children.

Click HERE to read the report.

ARCHS' FY 2020 Community Impact Report

ARCHS FY 2020 Annual Impact Report

Dear Greater St. Louis,

On behalf of Area Resources for Community and Human Services’ (ARCHS) Board of Directors, staff, funders, and partners, we present our FY 2020 report (July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020.)

ARCHS provides expertise, resources, and funding through more than 30 initiatives. These efforts have served nearly 150,000 St. Louisans in resource-deprived communities with the long-term goal of disrupting cycles of generational poverty and trauma.

We share the FY 2020 report with great pride as COVID-19 had an impact on our typical day-to-day work. On March 17th, ARCHS’ staff started working remotely, conducting virtual partner check-ins, distributing intensive communication, and offering learning opportunities through Zoom. These efforts served St. Louis’ most vulnerable populations with needed resources and services to simply stay healthy.

ARCHS monitors the impact of its funded and strategically supported programs using the respected and vetted indicators of Kids Count®, No Kid Hungry®, Missouri Family and Community Trust (FACT), Ready by 21® St. Louis, and Forward Through Ferguson.

While we are pleased to pause and reflect on FY 2020, COVID-19 is not going away any time soon. ARCHS' team continues to secure funding and resources so partners can provide services to ensure child safety, educational opportunities, access to healthcare, and a thriving workforce in St. Louis. Each day, we work alongside our growing network of funders and grantee partners to put “continuous quality improvement” into action on the ground at 232 program site locations where positive impact is needed most.

We are proud to highlight the combined achievements of our community partners that have collectively ensured that our joint programming is currently valued at $30.18 million- with each dollar strengthening St. Louis families.

Thank you for supporting the power of partnering. We are always ready to evolve with the current state of the world to better serve the region.

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Wendell E. Kimbrough
ARCHS Chief Executive Officer

Click here to read the full FY 2020 Annual Impact Report!