The holiday season is fast upon us as some await the first snowfall, kids wait for the first day of winter break, and others are already anticipating spring. Whichever you are looking forward to, some of ARCHS’ partners are ready to help get you into that holiday spirit:
Since 2003, 35 leading area not-for-profit organizations have benefitted from the expertise of ARCHS’ Leveraged Resources Management, Inc., (LRM). LRM provides its clients with a full array of financial and bookkeeping services, enabling all of them to attain a clean "unqualified opinion” on their annual financial audits.
Now, LRM has achieved a new milestone, having recently completed a special audit that verifies its conformity with an important standard known as the Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements (SSAE) No. 16.
Completing a sought after SSAE No. 16 audit provides reasonable assurance that the financial data and information provided by LRM’s clients will be processed and reported in an accurate and secure manner.
By completing this industry standard audit, LRM’s clients are assured that LRM adheres to key industry best practices for policies, procedures, and operations, including the security of information and data. It is important for financial services providers to comply with SSAE standards due to the sensitive nature of the data that is being managed.
LRM’s SSAE No. 16 report was compiled by the accounting firm of Huber, Ring, Helm & Co., P.C. and covers the period from July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012. The examination means that an independent service auditor has formally evaluated and issued an opinion on the description of selected LRM systems and the suitability of the design and operating effectiveness of applicable controls.
“Achieving conformity with SSAE No. 16 standards demonstrates LRM’s continued dedication to operational excellence and client satisfaction,” said Terry Blake, President of LRM. “We are proud to be the first full service bookkeeping provider serving not-for-profits in St. Louis to complete this rigorous process. It further validates our important internal controls over financial reporting, security, and confidentiality."
ARCHS' Educare is proving to be more and more valuable to families who rely on child home care providers as a recent CNNMoney report says it will cost parents $8,000 more to raise a child born in 2011. That's a 2 percent increase from the previous year, according to CNNMoney.
Missouri ranks 27th in the United States with 11.6 percent of a (two parent) household income going towards child care. As CNNMoney points out, this is the one cost that consumes the most of a family's income.
"So for single parents, it's even worse," said Amber Stevenson-Donnelly, ARCHS' Vice President of Early Childhood Programs. "Home-based child care is much more affordable to families as many are turning to a friend, family member, or neighbor to watch over their child or children during the day."
ARCHS' Educare provides support to 75 home-based child care providers in Franklin County, Jefferson County, St. Charles County, St. Louis City/County, and Washington County. Educare provides training and technical assistance to unregulated child care home providers, who receive personalized education, such as the home safety checklist and Emotional Beginnings curriculum. On-site consultations are provided by ARCHS' staff on how to improve the quality of child care programs.
In Missouri, home-based child care providers are not required to be licensed, or earn the 12 hours of training annually that licensed providers receive
The 2012 Missouri Reentry Conference will be held November 14-16 at Tan-Tar-A Resort at the Lake of the Ozarks. The Conference's theme will be "Faces of Reentry."
The annual Conference provides high-quality education and networking opportunities for corrections professionals and community-based partners who contribute to the prisoner reentry process. The multiple tracks format offers a self-directed, facilitated learning environment with education sessions, interactive forums, and exhibits. Education sessions are carefully designed to transcend all industry sectors, focusing on current and emerging issues, best practices, and the many challenges that the community, corrections staffs, and ex-offenders face. This year's keynote speakers are Robbie Montgomery and her son Tim Norman from Sweetie Pie's Restaurants in St. Louis, who will speak about Tim's own incarceration and the importance of giving second chances to ex-offenders.
The Conference is sponsored by ARCHS, Missouri Department of Corrections, Missouri Department of Social Services, and Family and Community Trust (FACT). Each year more than 300 people attend the conference.
The ink is barely dry on ARCHS’ FY2012 Report, so be one of the first to learn about how ARCHS’ programs:
The report has been produced in black and white, not four color, to help reduce costs.
DOWNLOAD ARCHS' FY2012 REPORT (PDF)