ARCHS was proud to welcome Steve Renne, Vice President of Children's Health and Medicaid Advocacy with the Missouri Hospital Association (MHA) and Chair of Missouri’s Family and Community Trust (FACT) Board of Directors, as the keynote speaker for its Sixth Annual Community Breakfast.
Renne gave insights into what is happening in Washington, D.C. and Jefferson City, MO, and the important role ARCHS can play as the impact of these changes take place over the coming months.
ARCHS' Board Chair Matt Matthews and Chief Executive Officer Wendell. E. Kimbrough gave remarks to the crowd as well. Kimbrough made several important announcements regarding new and expanded ARCHS’ programs that are featured in this month's newsletter.
Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander visited ARCHS on Feb. 28 to learn about ARCHS’ expertise in the design, management, and evaluation of education and social service programs that annually serve more than 100,000 St. Louisans.
ARCHS updated the Secretary of State on the work of ARCHS and the other 19 Missouri Community Partnerships that comprise the Missouri Family and Community Trust (FACT) network.
St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson and U.S. Rep. Lacy Clay Engage More than 225 Reentry Experts at STAR Summit
The Fourth Annual STAR Summit welcomed more than 225 area reentry experts to discuss "Road to Reentry: Are We There Yet?"
In addition, City of St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department Chief Sam Dotson spoke about reentry from a law enforcement perspective, Representative Lacy Clay discussed reentry and how it effects his constituents, and Missouri Probation and Parole Regional Administrator Nancy McCarthy and ARCHS' Vice President Les Johnson discussed the role of STAR over the past four years.
In addition, Missouri Department of Corrections Director George Lombardi, St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley, and City of St. Louis Director of Human Services William Siedhoff provided opening remarks and an overview of reentry in the region and state. Dr. Fred Rottnek (Saint Louis University) gave a presentation called "Mental Health Continuum: From Jail to Community" and Dr. Carrie Pettus-Davis (Washington University) talked about engaging the family in the reentry process.
The Summit is hosted by the St. Louis Alliance for Reentry (STAR) and is sponsored by ARCHS, Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis, Missouri Department of Corrections, St. Louis Community College, St. Louis City, and St. Louis County.
Registration is open for ARCHS’ 2013 Early Childhood Science and Outdoor Learning Institute set for Saturday, May 4, 2013, 8 am to 3:30 pm, at Harris-Stowe State University.
This year’s Institute will feature Lisa Murphy - the ooey gooey lady® - and representatives from ARCHS, Accredited CPR Services, Gateway Greening, the Magic House, Monsanto, Missouri Department of Conservation, St. Louis Community College, Saint Louis Science Center, and Saint Louis Zoo.
$35 registration fee includes Institute materials and lunch. Up to six clock hours to be awarded.
Registration is only available online (see below).
ARCHS' partnership with the Children's Trust Fund of Missouri (CTF) provided 1,200 books in February to more than 50 families in the St. Louis area. Families selected for book donations were part of ARCHS' Home Visitation Program, formerly known as the Stay at Home Parent Program).
The ARCHS' Home Visitation Program works to promote positive parent child interactions. To help achieve this, the book donations give the parent and child an opportunity to spend quality one-on-one time and is considered a best practice to help prepare children for school.
"Reading with children from birth helps children learn the sounds of language, stimulates their imagination, and introduces them to the world around them," said Amber Stevenson-Donnelly, ARCHS' Vice President of Grant Management Services.
The goal of the grant from the Children's Trust Fund is to promote programs across Missouri that help reduce the likelihood children will become the victims of abuse or neglect.
"For families in high-stress situations, reading can offer a break from the chaos around them as they take 15 minutes out of their day to pause and spend time with each other sharing pictures, sounds, stories, and adventures in books given to them from ARCHS," Stevenson-Donnelly said.
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