ARCHS is proud to announce four new members for its Board of Directors. Pastor Michael Jones (Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church), Stephanie Lewis (Vice President of Human Resources, People's Health Centers), Sandra Marks (President, Marks and Associates), and Captain Ronnie Robinson (St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department) were elected to ARCHS' Board of Directors at its December 2011 meeting.
ARCHS has recently received grants from the Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis and the Herbert A. and Adrian W. Woods Foundation that will add a combined value of $15,500 towards the betterment of the Greater St. Louis area.
The Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis awarded ARCHS with $8,000 to provide strategic management support to St. Louis Alliance for Reentry (STAR) as it helps strengthen the region's network of social service and human service agencies who serve ex-offenders.
In addition, the Herbert A. and Adrian W. Woods Foundation awarded ARCHS with $7,500 to support the After School for All Partnership for St. Louis (ASAP). Since 2007, ASAP has made a dramatic impact on the lives of thousands of St. Louis area youth, parents, educators, and after school professionals.
ARCHS' Gang Resistance Education and Training (GREAT) program graduated more than 130 students on January 11 from Fairview Elementary School in Jennings.
Students received certificates, T-shirts and backpacks for their hard work and the effort put forth in the classes. They also celebrated with cake and punch afterwards.
GREAT provides school-based, law enforcement officer-instructed classroom curriculum. The program's primary objective is prevention and is intended as immunization against delinquency, youth violence and gang membership.
GREAT Graduation Photo Gallery
Area Resources for Community and Human Services (ARCHS) begins the new year with important news about its financial and programmatic success and stability.
The news is especially welcome in the recent climate both locally and nationally of increased public scrutiny shining more light on not-for-profit accountability and transparency practices.
For the past ten fiscal years (2002-2011) ARCHS’ financial statements have earned unqualified or “clean,” audits from independent auditors.
ARCHS’ FY11 (July 1, 2010-June 30, 2011) audit was reviewed and approved by ARCHS’ Board of Directors at their December 20, 2011 meeting.
Issuance of an “unqualified opinion” means an auditor, upon review of an organization’s financial statements and accompanying notes, concluded that the financial statements and accompanying notes are presented fairly, conform to generally accepted accounting principles and fairly represent the true financial picture of the organization.
The FY11 audit also highlighted that ARCHS’ “administrative overhead” costs are only 11.2 percent, substantially below the national average of 25 percent as calculated by the national United Way. This means that ARCHS is able to directly allocate at least 89 cents out of every dollar it manages to provide vital social services with a focus on early childhood, K-12 and family and community education. The remaining 11 cents provide necessary support services that help oversee and monitor the programs and assure their long-term success.
Seasons Greetings from ARCHS!
For FY2011, ARCHS had a $47.4 million impact on the region. Within this number, $8.2 million were grants and other revenue, $21.2 million were funds managed by ARCHS' Leveraged Resources Management (LRM) for other area not-for-profits, and $17.4 million were funds/resources provided by ARCHS' program partners.
ARCHS' Board, Staff, and Community Partners thank you for your support. Have a happy holiday season and a great new year.
Click HERE to see a special message from ARCHS' Chief Executive Officer Wendell E. Kimbrough and staff!