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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!

SWIFTE Program Expansion to Help Small Businesses

ARCHS is excited to announce the expansion of its Successful Work Incentives for Transitional Employment (SWIFTE) Program to include assistance to small businesses in St. Louis City and St. Louis County in the wake of hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

St. Louis Small Business Empowerment Center (SBEC)
 will work with ARCHS and SkillUp partners to match small businesses in the area with qualified job seekers who have a professional support system to achieve on-the-job success. Subsidized wages for the job seekers are covered for 90 days as those businesses determine if the participants are a good fit for the position.

We encourage you to share this free, upcoming webinar with small businesses in the area for more information about SWIFTE on January 27, 2021. Click HERE to register.

Small Business SWIFTE Flyer for Businesses

Happy Holidays from ARCHS

2020 ARCHS Holiday Video

To all of our partners and stakeholders,

2020 is a year that will spark conversation for the rest of our lives and careers. ARCHS is proud of each one of you for adapting to our world going virtual in March, and again recently, with a spike in COVID-19 cases. 

This year's holiday video showcases the history ARCHS and its partners have made and what we have to look forward to in 2021. The video's dialogue is inspired by the classic holiday poem T'was the Night Before Christmas

All of us were met with challenges in 2020, but the experience allowed us all to discover better ways to serve resource-deprived children and families. A virtual world removed a few barriers, such as transportation for adults who are seeking trauma-informed care. A virtual world also allowed educators to advocate for neighborhoods in need of high-speed internet and access to technology. 

ARCHS looks forward to continue providing expertise, resources, and funding to partners serving early childhood, school age, and family support initiatives. 

ARCHS will be closed on December 24-25th and December 31-January 1st to observe the holidays. We wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Joyous Kwanzaa, and a prosperous New Year!

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Wendell E. Kimbrough
ARCHS Chief Executive Officer