Children & Family Development
STRIVING TO END HOMELESSNESS AND HUNGER
Through the Children and Family Development Program, the Care Service strives to end homelessness and hunger by ensuring that basic needs of children and their families are met including a stable, sanitary and safe place to call home. This program makes a direct impact on children’s lives by providing financial support, basic needs and educational advocacy and training to parents and children.
Services provided include:
- Comprehensive case management
- Financial housing assistance
- Full assessment of needs
- Family goal planning for sustainability
- Advocacy on family’s behalf with partnering agencies and the community
- Assistance and referrals for clothing, household goods, appliances, and beds
We advocate for and strongly support partnerships with local school districts, landlords and other resources to provide the best services for our families.
WHAT WE ARE WORKING TOWARD
The Care Service is working toward:
- Reducing child abuse, neglect, hunger and homelessness by providing financial support, educational support and training to parents and children.
- Ensure homeless children are given the opportunity to attend school and receive an appropriate education.
- Ensuring that children have a stable, safe and sanitary place to call home.
- Providing basic needs such as food, clothing, health, and improvement in financial status.
- Keeping children safe and healthy during the high-risk period of homelessness and stabilization process.
- Strengthening the connection to social support systems through activities sponsored by community organizations, schools, churches and support groups.
- Developing informational and educational program tools to generate public awareness of the urgent need for clean, safe housing that is affordable.
To Qualify for Services...
Recipients must have children (age 18 and under) and be homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless. Family members must be residents of St. Charles, Lincoln or Warren County for at least six months prior to receiving services and must have an income that falls at or below 50% of the area median income level. In addition, a family (or head of household) is required to come to the Care Service to be certified. NEED HELP? Call us at (636) 441-1302 and make an appointment for certification.
Want to Help?
Volunteer caseworkers are frequently needed. They work one day a week from 10:00am – 3:00pm and certify recipients with a sit down interview while entering the collected information into the computer. No experience is necessary. We provide training for the skills needed, but it is helpful to have some familiarity with the computer and a desire to help those in need. For our current openings, please contact Human Resources at 636-441-1302 ext. 225, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Financial contributions are accepted throughout the year. Donations may be made online via this website, dropped off Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm, or mailed to 4116 McClay Road, St. Charles, MO 63304. If you have questions about donations, please contact Development at (636) 441-1302, ext. 263.