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ARCHS' 4th Annual Community Breakfast Draws Area Leaders and Partners

ARCHS' 4th Annual Community Partnership Breakfast welcomed over 100 community civic leaders and partners who braved the impending storm to make the event.

ARCHS was honored to have State of Missouri Department of Mental Health Director Dr. Keith Schafer as the keynote speaker for the breakfast. ARCHS' Chief Executive Officer Wendell E. Kimbrough and Board Chairman Charles "Matt" Matthews also were featured speakers.

ARCHS' Impact Video (3 Minute Viewing Time)

Community Breakfast Photo Gallery
Family to Family Impacting St. Louis Foster Care with Help from ARCHS

Family to Family is a family-centered and neighborhood-based structure of foster care which promotes permanence for all Missouri children. The organization aims to protect children from abuse and neglect; assuring their safety and well-being by partnering with families, communities and government in a responsible manner.

“Family to Family is a child welfare reform movement that looks at the best outcomes for children and their families in the foster care system,” said Ardith Harmon, Family to Family Coordinator.

The organization was established in May 2000 after a City of St. Louis initiative was launched by the Annie E. Casey Foundation to change the child welfare system. Family to Family is housed under the Missouri Department of Social Services, Children’s Division.

Harmon said Family to Family applies four principles: a child’s safety is paramount, children belong in families, families need strong communities, and public child welfare systems need partnerships with the community and with other systems to achieve strong outcomes for children.

In order to focus on its mission around foster care, Family to Family looks to ARCHS to serve as its fiscal agent.

“Through ARCHS, we are able to move money out into the community the way the Annie E. Casey Foundation planned, but also in a fiscally sound way. If we were to pursue additional funding opportunities with separate agencies, we can refer back to ARCHS’ work and show that our funds were managed appropriately,” Harmon said. “As social workers, that would have been hard to do without ARCHS. We have quick accessibility to the funding; we have accurate reports on the funding that we can share with Annie Casey to make sure they know we are responsible with their money.”

ARCHS also serves as the fiscal agent for Nonprofit Missouri and the J.U.I.C.E. Project.


ABOVE: From left, Hope Happens Development Officer Gabriela Inderwies, Director of Development Sandy Kaplan and Executive Director Robert Kindle in front of a portrait of the organization's founder Chris Hobler. ALS took the life of Hobler in 2005, which is one of many neurological disorders Hope Happens hopes to find a cure for.

Hope Happens Executive Director Robert Kindle clearly remembers the day he told his father that he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. The news he told his father that day was news that had the equivalency of a “death sentence,” however Kindle holds onto the notion that while there is no cure for ALS, there is hope.

Hope Happens aims to improve the lives of people with neurodegenerative disorders by promoting collaborative, translational research with the potential to fast-track new cures. The organization’s focus is on a small family of neurological disorders, including ALS, alzheimer’s disease, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, parkinson’s disease, traumatic spinal cord and brain injuries, and stroke.

“Our underlying belief is that these diseases all may have one common mechanism, and if we can unlock that one mechanism, then we may be able to help cure all the diseases,” Kindle said. “Discoveries about one disorder can lead to treatments and cures for others.”

In November of 2004, Hope Happens partnered with Washington University to launch the Hope Center for Neurological Disorders at Washington University in St. Louis, a research center dedicated to speeding the process of translating basic scientific discoveries into therapies and cures. Both partners are convinced that discoveries in one disorder will lead to progress with others. The Hope Center is leading the way in a new model by sharing not only information amongst those who study separate neurological disorders, but also a core facility.


ARCHS' Leveraged Resources Management Clients
ARCHS Kicks of the New Year With Grants to Support STAR and ASAP
ARCHS has received two grants from Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis and Herbert A. and Adrian W. Woods Foundation that will add a combined value of $17,500 towards the betterment of the Greater St. Louis area.

Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis awarded ARCHS with $10,000 to provide strategic management support to St. Louis Alliance for Reentry (STAR) as it connects re-entry individuals to agencies working in coordination to strengthen the delivery of human and social services. The mission of STAR is to integrate successful intervention principles and practices resulting in collaborative partnerships that enhance ex-offender self-sufficiency, reduce recidivism, and improve public safety and community health in St. Louis City and County.

In addition, 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 St. Louis area students, parents, educators and after school professionals. ARCHS serves as ASAP’s strategic contract management and fiscal agent.

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ARCHS' Former Board Chairman William Donius Retires from Pulaski Bank

ABOVE: From left, ARCHS' former Board Member Tom Reeves, Chief Executive Officer Wendell E. Kimbrough and former Board Chairman William Alan Donius at Donius' retirement party from Pulaski Bank.

ARCHS congratulates its most recent former Board Chairman William Alan Donius on his retirement from Pulaski Bank after a successful career. Donius served as ARCHS' Board Chairman from January 2007 to January 2010.

Donius Retirement Party Photo Gallery
ARCHS Congratulates Ron Jackson on Retirement from St. Louis For Kids

ARCHS congratulates Ron Jackson on his retirement from St. Louis For Kids. Jackson was instrumental in partnering with ARCHS to create ASAP.
Making a G.R.E.A.T. Impact on Kids

ARCHS' Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) partnership graduated over 300 students from Hanrahan Elementary this past month. The students learned life skills lessons taught by a Jennings police officer in the classrooms. At the graduation on January 13, students were recognized for their hard work with certificates of achievement, bags, shirts and refreshments.

ARCHS' G.R.E.A.T. Video (short viewing time)

Pictures from ARCHS' G.R.E.A.T. Graduation at Hanrahan Elementary

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