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Since August 2018, ARCHS has issued $6.1 million to support a portfolio of job development, training, placement and support programs being offered by six area workforce-focused organizations serving St. Louis City and St. Louis County.

ARCHS has issued grants to the following organizations:
  • - America Works - Missouri
  • - Better Family Life, Inc.
  • - Employment Connection
  • - Mission: St. Louis
  • - Louis Agency on Training and Employment
  • - Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis
ARCHS secured funding from the Missouri Department of Social Services to support these initiatives. The primary target population will include SNAP recipients, veterans, homeless individuals and families, justice involved individuals, and those struggling to find full-time, sustainable employment because of barriers to work.

“This is ARCHS’ largest single investment in workforce related programming in our 20 year history,” said Wendell E. Kimbrough, ARCHS’ Chief Executive Officer.” While we talk about a good economy, and low unemployment rates, there are thousands of people trapped within on-going cycles of intergenerational poverty in St. Louis who need viable skills training and connections to employers.”

This funding supports a variety of job readiness and placement services, social services and barrier removal services. It also provides resources for reliable and affordable childcare, remedial education services/GED training, basic skills training, and connection to parenting classes/family mediation services.

In addition to funding, ARCHS provides strategic consulting and technical assistance to support its grantees. This includes connecting funded organizations with state and regional resources to enhance their efforts, including Missouri’s SkillUP program. ARCHS partners with its grantees to share resources, coordinate efforts, and foster collaboration.

ARCHS currently funds and strategically enhances more than 30 regional initiatives that improve the lives of more than 180,000 individuals facing disparities and disadvantages in St. Louis’ most impoverished communities. ARCHS works to disrupt cycles of intergenerational poverty by advancing lifelong learning.

Individuals interested in learning more about these workforce programs, should contact the ARCHS’ funded organizations directly:

  • - America Works – Missouri
    • 1010 Market St., Suite 890, St. Louis, MO 63101
    • 314-492-5430
    • americaworks.com/missouri
  • - Better Family Life, Inc.
    • 5415 Page Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63112
    • 314-367-3440
    • betterfamilylife.org
  • - Employment Connection
    • 2838 Market St., St. Louis, MO 63103
    • 314-333-5618
    • employmentstl.org
  • - Mission: St. Louis
    • 3108 N. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63107
    • 314-534-1188
    • missionstl.org
  • - St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment
    • 1520 Market St., Suite 3050, St. Louis, MO 63103
    • 314-589-8000 ext. 3634
    • stlouis-mo.gov/government/departments/slate/
  • - Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis
    • 8960 Jennings Station Rd., Jennings, MO 63136
    • 314-388-9840
    • ulstl.com