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Kids Vision for Life-St. Louis Expands Partnerships

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This school year, Kids Vision for Life-St. Louis has dramatically increased its network of community partners.

KVFL has expanded to provide services to 1o schools in the Cahokia, IL school district, ranging from preschool to high school sites. Currently, no comprehensive vision services are provided in this Metro East district.

This fall, KVFL has also partnered with Kids Smart, Ready Readers and Oasis to promote the vital connection between vision and literacy.

In addition, the following organizations have provided volunteers to assist KVFL with its screening and exams days:

Duff and Phelps
Emerson Hermetic Motor
Enterprise Holdings
Express Scripts
Hertz
Homestate Health
KidSmart
Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals
McCluer North High School
RN from Cigna
UMB BANK
Under Armour retail
Webster University
Zone Enterprise

ARCHS FY18 Audit

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Independent auditors have given ARCHS an "unmodified" or "clean" audit for the 17th consecutive fiscal year. ARCHS' FY 2018 (July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018) financial audit was reviewed and approved by ARCHS' Board of Directors at the December 4, 2018 meeting.

Issuance of "unmodified" 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.

For the ninth consecutive year, ARCHS has also successfully completed a federal 2 CFR 200 audit (formerly called an A-133 audit) for its work with federal funding. A 2 CFR 200 audit is required for any organization that expends more than $750,000 in a year in funding from the federal government.

“ARCHS 17 years of noted sound financial stewardship is a testament to our steadfast commitment to our unique role as the region’s official community partnership organization,” said ARCHS’ Chief Executive Officer Wendell Kimbrough. “ARCHS carefully and purposefully balances its strategic fiduciary and human service program responsibilities focusing on disrupting intergenerational poverty and disparities.

During FY 2018, ARCHS had a $20.2 million impact on the region. Within that number, $8.7 million were grants, and $11.5 million were funds/resources secured by ARCHS funded human service programs.

According to ARCHS’ Chief Financial Officer Sheryl Mitchell, “The FY 2018 audit also highlighted that ARCHS’ “administrative overhead” costs are only 16.9 percent, which is below the national average of 25 percent as calculated by the national United Way and other groups. This means that 83.1 cents out of every dollar ARCHS manages goes to the delivery of human service programs that annually serve more than 180,000 St. Louisans facing disparities and disadvantages. The remaining 16.9 cents provides strategic technical assistance and professional development services that assist in the management and evaluation of these vital programs.”

ARCHS Awards $937,400 to Support School Age Programs

This fall, ARCHS has awarded $937,400 to support school age programs impacting more than 7,800 area youth.

ARCHS has issued grants to the following organizations:

·         Amanda Luckett Murphy Hopewell Center (People’s Health Centers)

·         Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri

·         Fathers’ Support Center

·         Mark Twain Community Resource Center

The funding will support math and reading education, mentoring, behavioral health, nutrition/exercise, and college/career prep programs for youth in more than 30 St. Louis area schools. Many of the programs include parental engagement activities and career exploration field trips.

ARCHS provides strategic management and technical support to enhance the funded programs quality and results. Through its unique role as a state community partnership, ARCHS secured funding from the Missouri Department of Social Services to support these school age initiatives.

9,500 Children Served Through Summer Meals Program

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ARCHS nationally recognized partnership with the USDA and the State of Missouri offers alternate methods to feed impoverished children during the summer months when school-based meals are not available. 


Over the past several years, eligible students and their families in the Saint Louis Public Schools and the Ferguson-Florissant School District have been selected to receive additional funding for summer meals via existing EBT cards. This innovative pilot has provided the USDA and Missouri with invaluable information on ways to enhance summer nutrition.

Stats for Summer 2018:

·         Human Impact: 9,520 Children/Youth Served

·         Economic Impact: $856,800 of Funds Spent

·         Service Impact: 96% of Benefits Used

Each year there has been a steady increase in this program’s impact. In 2018 nearly 500 more children were feed through this program than in 2o17 and over $10,000 more was spent on food and meals.

2018 Reentry Conference Recap

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The 2018 Missouri Reentry Conference, held on Nov. 14 - 16 was a resounding success. The conference sold out prior to the opening day with 450 registered attendees. 

Anne Precythe, Director of Missouri Department of Corrections and Rob Dixon, Director of Missouri Economic Development, kicked off the conference by sharing insights into the challenges of securing employment for justice involved individuals and the importance that has in creating safer communities.

The conference was structured around the central theme of “Networks Building Success.” Fruitful partnerships were highlighted through videos that examined various MODOC partnerships in several correctional centers and Missouri communities. Additionally, to foster more of these relationships MODOC hosted regional breakout sessions that encouraged communication between regional organizations that serve justice-involved individuals, with a special emphasis on employers. 

New to the conference this year was a specialized meeting app. Participants downloaded the app at registration and used it to curate their conference experience over the three days. The progression towards modernizing the conference led to an easier facilitation of sessions and inspired networking and sharing of information and resources.

ARCHS serves as the managing organizer of the conference and co-hosts the annual event with The Family and Community Trust, Missouri Department of Corrections, and Missouri Department of Social Services

The following stats highlight the success of this year’s conference:

·         5,400 Individual Training Hours

·         450 Attendees

·         60 Presenters

·         35 Sessions

·         95% Found Networking Opportunities

·         97% Would Recommend the Event

·         95% Felt the App Improved the Event

·         95% Felt the Content was Good