August 2004 Newsletter

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IN THIS EDITION:
- ARCHS MAINTAINS FUNDING TO KEEP MAKING A DIFFERENCE
- DATA BASE SUPPORTS NEIGHBORHOOD PLANNING
- ARCHS CONTRIBUTES $5,000 FOR HOME REPAIR
- EX-OFFENDERS GET A SECOND CHANCE
- VCBC HOST ANNUAL HOOK UP THE HOOD
- $1,000 IN FREE HEALTH SCREENINGS AT MISSOURI BLACK EXPO
- CHILDREN REGISTER FOR HEALTH INSURANCE AT BACK TO SCHOOL EVENTS


LETTER FROM THE CEO
Greetings,

What a great start to the new fiscal year. As you can see we are involved in many activities the next few months promoting the St. Louis Region and working with great organizations who are improving the lives of children and families in our neighborhoods. We are also going to be simplifying our message to the community so all can understand our work. hope you like the new tag line :
ARCHS
Empowering St. Louis
Regional Action - Community Results

Frank Siano
CEO
ARCHS MAINTAINS FUNDING TO KEEP MAKING A DIFFERENCE
The Missouri General Assembly considered cuts to many social services programs this year, including funding for Community Partnerships, but in the end minimal cuts were made to social services. House and Senate members held closely to Governor Holden’s budget proposal for Missouri’s 21 Community Partnerships, appropriating $10,019,698 for Community Partnerships and the Missouri Mentoring Partnership. ARCHS' CEO Frank Siano, key staff, and volunteers met periodically throughout the session to ensure that St. Louis area legislators knew of ARCHS' efforts to improve outcomes for individuals, children, families, and the community. Legislative supporters cite positive outcomes for children and families and the fact that Community Partnerships continue to leverage nearly $6 for every state dollar invested as reasons they support continued funding for ARCHS and Community Partnerships. ARCHS alone leveraged $30 for every Community Partnership dollar it received this year.

While Community Partnerships fared well in the legislative session, severe cuts to Missouri’s health insurance program for poor families and children were considered. House Bill 1566 would have made many services currently covered by Medicaid ‘optional’ and subject to the appropriations process each year and would have put several eligible groups at risk of losing coverage in lean state budget years. HB 1566 passed the House along a party-line vote, but was never brought before the full Senate for a final vote. Retiring House Speaker Catherine Hanaway sponsored omnibus child welfare legislation (HB 1453) that put into law many reforms in the foster care system.
DATA BASE TO SUPPORT NEIGHORHOOD PLANNING
ARCHS and the St. Louis University (SLU) College of Public Services will share data and resources. Dr. Scott Cummings, with support of the Metropolitan Association for Philanthropy (MAP), developed a comprehensive database of St. Louis neighborhoods and municipalities. SLU will provide a graduate research assistant to help ARCHS develop comprehensive data reports to support neighborhood level planning and fund development efforts for ARCHS and its partners.

Nine St. Louis Before and After School Care Programs are implementing the Kids Care Center World Wide Web-based software suite to track program data. Kids Care Center is the result of a partnership between Dynamic Enterprise Solutions (DES) and the Local Investment Commission (LINC), ARCHS' ‘sister’ Community Partnership in Kansas City, Missouri. Planning efforts are underway to make Kids Care Center available to additional Before and After School Care Programs to ARCHS and to Early Childhood Care providers.
ARCHS CONTRIBUTES $5,000 FOR HOME REPAIR
For eight straight days volunteers for Habitat for Humanity assembled and built 20 new homes for the JeffVanderLou community and also spruced up 15 existing homes during its Blitz Build July 10-17.

From Saturday to Saturday about 600 volunteers and professionals gathered to create new homes for the streets of Coleman, Montgomery, and Bacon. In addition to building new homes, volunteers also formed a group -- Crew 21 -- to do minor repairs to existing homes.

ARCHS provided a $5,000 sponsorship for Crew 21 that bought materials and equipment to do the minor repairs.

"The 21 Crew is crucial to us because of home repairs that we are able to do for the existing homes in the neighborhood," said Kimberly McKinney, executive director for Habitat for Humanity. "We wanted to offer something for the residents who are currently residing in the neighborhood and willing to stick it out in the face of all the new construction."
EX-OFFENDERS GET A SECOND CHANCE
ARCHS’ is partnering with the United States Office of Probation and Parole, Eastern Missouri District to help ex-offenders re-enter the workforce and become productive members of society through the Partnership for Success, Ex-Offender’s Career Fair, August 10, 2004 from 10 am to 2 pm at the University of Missouri – St. Louis Campus.

This is the second year for the Career Fair in Eastern Missouri. It is part of a nationwide campaign to match re-entering ex-offenders with jobs and eventually careers. Adopted also in other Federal Jurisdictions, the Ex-Offender Career Fairs have been praised by Judicial Officers, the United States Bureau of Prisons, The United States Department of Labor, and Senior Probation Officers nation wide as a practical approach in attempting to break the cycle of recidivism, extended court supervision, and re-commitments to institutions.

Last year's Career Fair served more than 750 ex-offenders. This year, 50 recruiters and services providers are scheduled to be present and provide employment opportunities to more than 800 ex-offenders.

For more information, contact: Scott Anders, U.S Probation Officer @ 314-244-6701.
VCBC HOSTS ANNUAL HOOK UP THE HOOD
Vandeventer Citizens for a Better Community will host its annual Hook Up The Hood neighborhood event, August 21 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at Turner Park (Sarah at West Belle).

Hook Up The Hood is a collaborative effort of concerned residents, businesses, service providers, public safety officers, and elected officials. Its goal is to promote neighborhood unity, encourage good citizenship, develop positive community relationships and disseminate information that facilitates the well-being of the community. The event provides and opportunity for residents of the Vandeventer neighborhood to have fun, meet, and enjoy each other in a relaxed, festive and productive atmosphere.

This year Hook Up The Hood has added a back to school element that will address a critical need to support students with back to school supplies and information related to school success.

Free booths are available to organizations that would like to share information about services.

For more information contact: Ra Khem Thoth before August 11th @ 314-533-0905 or Christy Boyd @ 314-652-6813

$1,000 IN FREE HEALTH SCREENINGS AT MISSOURI BLACK EXPO
A music fest featuring today's hottest national recording artists, Russell Simmons' Hip-Hop Summit, and a career fair are only a few things taking place at this year's Missouri Black Expo(MBE) August 20-22 at the America's Center.

For people who don't like going to the doctor or maybe can't afford to, ARCHS will sponsor its second Health Fair, complete with free cancer, high blood pressure, HIV, and allergy screenings. In addition, there will be information about health care and insurance for children and low-income families.

Engaging youth also will be a focus of this year's MBE. ARCHS will sponsor the Youth Summit component, which is broken down into three phases: the Youth Entrepreneurial Expo; the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network; and the Youth Rally and Hip-Hop Breakfast.

The MBE is the largest African-American consumer event in the state, delivering more than 10 million dollars to the economy each year. The annual event is designed to provide attendees with access to valuable resources that address issues that are vital to the ongoing growth and development of the African-American Community.
CHILDREN REGISTER FOR HEALTH INSURANCE AT BACK TO SCHOOL EVENTS
It’s back to school time again. ARCHS is working to ensure area children start off the year with access to healthcare.

Healthcare coverage keeps children healthy, and healthy children are better prepared to learn.

In Missouri, it is estimated that more than 68,000 children are uninsured, and it is likely that most of them are eligible to enroll in the MC+ program - Missouri’s health insurance program for families. Eligibility is based on family size and income.

Children enrolled in MC+ receive coverage for regular checkups, shots, sports physicals, doctor, hospital, and ER visits, vision, dental and mental healthcare, prescriptions, lab tests, x-rays and more.

Throughout August, several back to school events are being held within the St. Louis region. At the events, ARCHS will offer information for the MC+ program and registration materials. In addition, many events will offer back to school tips and in some cases free school supplies. Call 1-877-KIDS NOW for more information about MC+.

Back to School Events & MC+ Enrollment Information:

Aug. 12: Healthcare USA Fair, Barbara-Jordan Elementary School, 9 am to 3 pm. 1500 N. 82nd Blvd., in University City.

Aug. 13-15: The Hispanic Festival, Soldier’s Memorial Park, 11 am to 9 pm. 12th and Chestnut Streets.

Aug. 14: Gateway Classic Health Fair, 10 am to 4pm. 2012 Dr. Martin Luther King Drive.

Aug. 21: Guadalupe Catholic Church Health Fair, 9 am to 4 pm. 1115 S. Florissant Road.

Aug. 21-22: MO Black Expo, doors open 10 am. 701 Convention Plaza.

Aug. 21: Comprehensive Health Center Fair, 9 am to 3 pm. 5471 Dr. Martin
Luther King Drive.

Aug. 21: Hook up the Hood Back to School Event, 10 am to 5 pm. Turner Park, Sarah and West Belle Place.

Aug. 28: First Day/New Day Back to School Festival, 9 am to 3 pm, Vashon High School, 3035 Cass Avenue.

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