Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis is proud to be a part of the recently launched Neighborhood Healing Network (ARCHS). 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.
Through the Neighborhood Healing Network we will be able to provide our families with:
- Case management and supportive services to individuals 18 and older in St. Louis City and St. Louis County.
- Connect community residents to crime victim services/resources.
- Assist in gathering information and understanding program requirements for various victim/social service agencies.
- Host trauma workshops monthly to help community residents understand the relationship between trauma and violence.
By providing trauma-informed care and services, the Neighborhood Healing Network will work to improve educational, economic, and health outcomes for individuals and communities.
Contact information for the Adams Park Club at BGCSTL Neighborhood Healing Network Hub:
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis
4317 Vista Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110
Ask for Brenisha Banks
(314) 335-8211 ext. 1211
This project is made possible by the funding made available through the Victims of Crime Act Fund administered by the Missouri Department of Social Services, Division of Finance and Administrative Services. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department or the Department of Justice Programs.