ARCHS has been awarded a $54,000 grant from Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis to provide culinary training to female ex-offenders.

Up to 15 adult women previously convicted of non-sex offenses and currently under state or federal supervision with probation and parole officers in St. Louis City or County will receive academic culinary training leading to "ServSafe" certification. They will also receive job training from St. Louis Community College (SLCC) and job placement, wrap around social services support, and life skills preparation from Employment Connection.

The training will allow the participants access to career paths as a chef, head cook, line cook, institutional cook, and more. According to a National Institute of Corrections Report, the number of incarcerated women has skyrocketed, at rates exceeding men.

"This unique partnership is a crucial component to decreasing the recidivism rates for these participants," said Les Johnson, ARCHS' Vice President of Grant Management Services. "They will have access to training by a nationally accredited and recognized culinary arts school, which will assist them with a second chance."

In 2007, ARCHS was awarded a U.S. Department of Labor Grant that included a culinary track in partnership with SLCC.