This week, a special session started in Missouri's capitol to discuss solutions to violent crimes across the state. ARCHS is one of many organizations concerned about the rise in gun violence in the City of St. Louis. ARCHS was invited to sit down with Governor Mike Parson in the fall of 2019 to strategize programming to assist crime victims and the communities they live in. Less than one year after the sit-down with the governor, the Neighborhood Healing Network is almost set to begin serving St. Louisans.

Like last summer, St. Louis news headlines show a large number of children shot and killed. According to St. Louis Metropolitan Police Reports, the number of homicides reported in the city in 2020 could potentially exceed last year. It's not just the victim affected when a violent crime takes place, it takes a toll on the behavioral, mental, and physical health of the entire neighborhood.

That's why ARCHS is excited to launch the Neighborhood Healing Network in August 2020. The Missouri Department of Social Services has awarded a $1 million grant to ARCHS to oversee the Neighborhood Healing Network through five different non-profit hubs including Better Family Life, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis, Fathers & Families Support Center, Mission: St. Louis, and the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis. The $1 million grant comes from the federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA).

The unique strategy behind the Neighborhood Healing Network is to address both individual crime victims and victimized communities. When someone utilizes services at one of the five non-profit hubs, staff will identify if they have been impacted by trauma and provide participants with resources available to overcome barriers to education and employment, creating healthier families in the long run.

The five well-known St. Louis organizations were chosen as hubs due to their locations across St. Louis City and expertise to carry out Neighborhood Healing Network Services. The hubs will also work with Alive & Well Communities and Crime Victim Center to organize educational programming for the public about abuse, victim rights, laws, violence, and available trauma-informed care.

Neighborhood Healing Network hubs are currently in the process of hiring and training staff. The Network's services will officially begin on August 24, 2020.

ARCHS' role in all of this is to help each hub carry out services. ARCHS staff created the Neighborhood Healing Network program structure and will provide hands-on assistance with program and fiscal management, marketing and communications, data collection, reporting, and evaluation.

By providing trauma-informed care and services, the Neighborhood Healing Network will work to improve educational, economic, and health outcomes for individuals and communities. 

Click HERE to watch ARCHS' press conference announcing the launch. 

Click HERE to hear from the five hub leaders on what they're looking forward to with the launch. 

Click HERE to follow updates on Facebook @STL Neighborhood Healing Network.