WE ARE SO PROUD TO ANNOUNCE OUR 2020 CAUSE...

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HELPING KIDS WITH CANCER, BE KIDS!

Friends of Kids with Cancer is devoted to enriching the daily lives of children undergoing treatment for, and survivors of, cancer and blood-related diseases.  Our mission is to be an advocate for these special kids providing them and their families with the educational, emotional, and recreational support needed as a result of the long hours of chemotherapy, illness and isolation.

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The Most Unbelievable Organization Teaching 'THE POWER OF POSITIVE THINKING' A Simple Idea. Friends of Kids with Cancer has a proud 28-year history exclusively in St. Louis of helping kids with cancer…be kids. Jill Turec, Developmental Specialist at Mercy Clinic Children’s Cancer and Hematology Center, along with concerned parents, Molly Henry and Susie Snowden, saw the great need to enrich the daily lives & divert the attention of the patients outside of the medical treatments. These three women shared a dream that every child with cancer would experience as much fun, laughter, support & normalcy as possible. It was this idea that was the birth of Friends of Kids with Cancer. Starting in the office of Dr. Bob Bergamini in 1992, the inaugural program, The Big Shelf, now known as the Toy Closet, was launched to brighten the long gloomy and painful days spent in the treatment center. From that day on, Friends has been driven to meet the ever-evolving needs of patients & their families.

    


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https://www.friendsofkids.com/

Friends of Kids with Cancer

16 Sunnen Drive
Suite 161
Saint Louis, Missouri 63143

(314) 275-7440 

 (314) 275-7446  


https://www.friendsofkids.com/  

find out more at www.friendsofkids.com

VOLUNTEERS ARE THE WHEELS THAT MAKE THEM GO!

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VOLUNTEERS ARE THE CORE DRIVING ELEMENTS TO OUR SUCCESS

IF YOU'RE INTERESTED IN HELPING OUT, PLEASE CONTACT US AT www.friendsofkids.com

ERRANDS & SHOPPING: We are always in need of volunteers who can pick up our shopping list items, make various deliveries to the treatment centers, or fulfill other errands that pop up in between

OFFICE HELP:

Organizing the toy closet, help with our mailing items, computer work, filing, etc.

MUNCHIE PROGRAM LUNCH DELIVERIES:

Get on our Munchie volunteer schedule to pick-up and deliver lunch to a treatment center. These weekly meals take just one little thing off the heavy plates of the families we serve but it means a great deal. This is a special program that allows volunteers to either donate the meals they deliver or to be reimbursed after. These volunteers must be available to deliver a week-day lunch around 11:30 a.m. on the day they are scheduled.

EVENT VOLUNTEERS:

Volunteers are a vital piece to our events running efficiently and successfully! There are event volunteer opportunities at family parties like a night at the Magic House or the Winter Wonderland Party, fundraisers such as Trivia Night, Golf Tournament, Fashion Show, etc., or treatment center-sponsored events.

FRIENDS EVENTS COMMITTEES:

  • The strong leaders and members of our committees make our events successful. If you are interested in being on the planning side of any of our events, please let us know on your volunteer form and we would love to connect you to the right contacts for more information.

    Our major fundraising events include:
    • Trivia Night
    • Walk with a Friend/5K Run
    • Golf Tournament
    • Art from the Heart
    • Fashion Show
    • Voodoo in the Lou (Young Friends)
    • Mouse Races (Young Friends)

2019 WAS A VERY SPECIAL YEAR...we donated to a fabulous orga

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In Honor of Denise Gralen Nagel, who lost her battle in September, 2018, and to ALL of the Other Women in the St. Louis area who are currently battling this horrific disease.

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St. Louis Ovarian Cancer Awareness is a small but mighty group of women and men who are determined to raise the profile of ovarian cancer in our community.

Simply stated, we work to increase awareness of ovarian cancer, to create a place where patients and survivors can find support, and to fund important research.  Ovarian cancer is the deadliest of gynecologic cancers. Each year, nearly 22,000 women are diagnosed with the disease; each year, nearly 15,000 will die of it.  This organization is doing everything in their power to stop it.

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Learn more about this wonderful, very important organization...

and see what you can do to help!

OTHER LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER - ST. LOUIS CAUSES

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2018 - THE AMAZING GRACIE LEGACY FOUNDATION The mission of Amazing Gracie’s Legacy is to make a difference in the lives offamilies affected by the critical care needs of one or more of their children. In support of this mission, we focus on serving the needs of those families that were able to provide for themselves before critical care was needed due to unforeseen health circumstances. AGL supports needs not covered by existing programs.

ONE MOTHER & ONE FAMILY MAKING A CHANGE FOR THE BETTER

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In May of 2016, Amazing Gracie's Legacy was launched in honor of Gracie Lynn West, who gained her angel wings on April 30, 2016.  Her family's plan has always been - through her legacy, take steps in making the world a better place through Random Acts of Kindness, including, but not limited to funding and gifting others.  

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The focus is on those who were able to provide for themselves before receiving the blessing of a special needs child or children. AGL supports in ways not covered by existing programs, that are of an urgent nature, or serve a purpose otherwise unmet.

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They have an INCREDIBLE board and group of volunteers that meet in love and dedication for our sweet Gracie for the planning and delivery of the services and support of Amazing Gracie's Legacy.

2017 ltym-stl cause - missouri eating disorders association

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FIGHTING EATING DISORDERS - EDUCATING COMMUNITIES & SAVING LIVES!

Eating disorders are real, complex and devastating conditions that have serious consequences for health, productivity and relationships.  They affect 10% of the population and have the highest mortality rate of all mental illnesses.  Someone dies from an eating disorder every 62 minutes. In Missouri, over 575,000 people will suffer from a serious eating disorder during their lifetime. Four out of ten people know someone with an eating disorder.

FEED THE FACTS - AN EATING DISORDER AWARENESS PROGRAM:

Help MOEDA change the conversation about eating disorders and replace it with a conversation of health and compassion.  They are teaching the entire community that Eating Disorders are serious mental illnesses and NOT lifestyle choices!

TREATMENT RESOURCES:

Choosing an eating disorder professional or treatment center is an important and personal decision.  Whether you are putting together an outpatient treatment team or looking for a higher level of care, it is imperative that you invest time into finding the right professionals to partner with.  Recovery is possible, congratulations on taking the first steps on your personal journey to recovery.  If you have any questions or need assistance with the resource center, please contact MOEDA at info@moeatingdisorders.org.

MOEDA LEARNING CENTER:

Please use the learning center to gain valuable information on the types of eating disorders, the symptoms, health risks and statistics associated with each eating disorder. Treatment information is also included regarding goals and available types of treatment for eating disorders.  Recovery is possible and included are recovery statistics.  If you have additional questions, please contact us at education@moeatingdisorders.org.

INSURANCE RESOURCES:

The Missouri Eating Disorders Association (MOEDA) understands that insurance companies continually deny or cut short treatment services. Missouri is the first state to expand insurance coverage for eating disorders. Effective January 2017, Senate Bill 145 explicitly states the types of eating disorder treatments insurance providers must cover. The new law builds on the mental health parity law by expanding the definition of “medically necessary” to include mental health treatment. It will also ensure that weight no longer serves as the sole determinant for whether someone may continue treatment.    

To read the Senate Bill 145 Summary click here: http://www.senate.mo.gov/15info/BTS_Web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&BillID=134952

About Us

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SYMPTOMS


  • Extremely limited diet with established meal rituals
  • Sudden dramatic weight loss
  • Negative self-image
  • Regularly states he/she is “fat” or overweight
  • Denial of hunger
  • Frequently skipping meals
  • Eating in secrecy
  • Over exercising
  • Frequently weighing themselves
  • Withdraw from normal activities, family, and friends
  • Loss of menstruation
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Fainting or dizziness
  • Inability to understand the severity of eating disorder
  • Extreme anxiety about gaining weight
  • Behaviors are focused on control, weight, and dieting

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STATISTICS

  • Anorexia has the highest death rate amongst mental illnesses
  • Anorexia is one of the most common chronic illnesses amongst young women
  • Approximately 80% of women state they would like to lose weight
  • Approximately 90-95% of anorexia nervosa diagnosis are in women
  • Approximately 1 million men suffer from an eating disorder
  • Approximately 20% of anorexia nervosa patients will die
  • 1 in 10 eating disorder patients will receive treatment
  • The mortality rate associate with anorexia nervosa is 12 times higher than the death rate association with all causes of death for females 15-24 years old.

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RECOVERY

Recovery is always developing for an individual. Proper treatment and patient dedication can make eating disorder recovery possible.  Without treatment, up to 20% of people with eating disorders will die. BUT, with treatment, that number falls to 2-3%.


  • Eating disorder recovery takes an average of 2 years.
  • 1 in 10 eating disorder suffers will receive treatment
  • 85% of people with an eating disorder have a genetic predisposition
  • Research funding spent on those affected with Alzheimer’s disease is $88 per individual. Autism funding is $44 per affected individual. Eating Disorders are much more prevalent than both disorders, but only receive $0.93 per affected individual.

2016 - ALMOST HOME

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MISSION STATEMENT: BREAKING THE CYCLE OF POVERTY - TWO GENERATIONS AT A TIME!

Their mission is 'BREAKING THE CYCLE OF POVERTY, TWO GENERATIONS AT A TIME.  The statistics are dire: 42% of children born into poverty are still poor a generation later. But for some single moms, their child becomes their motivation to break the cycle of poverty and build a better life for themselves and their children.  Almost Home provides resources to do that! 

POVERTY IS REAL & POVERTY IS LOCAL

Household of 2 - $15,930 per year

Household of 3 - $20,090 per year 

Over 1/3 of Missouri single moms live below the poverty line

PROVIDING THE PATHWAY & SUPPORT TO HELP EVERY YOUNG MOM ON HER JOURNEY TO SELF-SUFFICIENCY

The statistics are dire: 42% of children born into poverty are still poor a generation later. But for some single moms, their child becomes their motivation to break the cycle of poverty and build a better life for themselves and their children.  Almost Home provides resources to do that!   

ALMOST HOME IS NOT A SHELTER

ALMOST HOME is a proven pathway out of poverty.  Our comprehensive programs are designed for highly motivated young women who are ready to work for a brighter future. 

DESIGNED FOR 16-20 YEAR-OLD PREGNANT OR PARENTING YOUNG WOMEN:

Designed for 16 to 20 year-old pregnant or parenting young women who haven’t finished high school and are in need of housing.

         

Goals:   

  • Earn high school diploma or GED
  • Ensure safety for child(ren)
  • Create stable living situation
  • Learn critical habits & life skills
  • Define life goals and a vision for the future
  • Qualify for the CEO program

     

Support:

  • Safe transitional housing for moms and their children
  • Assistance with food, clothing, baby supplies, and childcare
  • Case management and counseling
  • Tutoring and academic support
  • Life skills classes

BEYOND MAKING A DONATION - IT'S MAKING A DIFFERENCE!

   

Our donors are as inspiring to us as our moms. They know what it means to dream big, take risks, be disappointed, persevere, overcome obstacles, and achieve success They believe in the value of hard work, and are inspired to invest in a young mom who has put it all on the line for a better future!  Please visit us at www.almosthomestl.org.

mom's making it!!! - almost home success stories

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Nothing’s better than seeing our moms move out on their own, get new jobs and provide for their children. We see moms every day beat the odds and turn their lives around. It’s about working hard and not giving up. It’s about learning new skills and understanding how to affect change in their lives. Our moms making it today have the confidence it takes to make a difference in their lives and the lives of their children. It’s the grit, determination and will-power our girls demonstrate as we help guide them down a new path. We’re proud of all they’ve accomplished.


MARQETTA:

Before they came to Almost Home, Marshawn and Marquan’s lives were unstable and unpredictable. Their mom lacked a support system, and she didn’t know how to provide for her sons.  But she’s determined to create a better life. So every morning, this 19-year-old mother of two woke up at 4:15am so that she could get her sons ready and catch the 5am bus that got them to daycare and school on time. She made steady progress, and today she’s a high school graduate! She’s continuing to work towards a trade certification, and soon they will move into their first apartment. Marqetta’s dedication and perseverance has allowed her to provide stability and safety for Marshawn and Marquan!

 

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TYIESHA

 Tyiesha had a baby when she turned 15 and was bouncing from house to house before coming to Almost Home. Living in stable housing allowed her to enroll her daughter in preschool and graduate from Job Corps as a Certified Nursing Assistant. She found a job and was eventually promoted to Activities Director. Tyiesha moved to the Almost Home rent-subsidized apartments and is now looking forward to buying her own home. Her daughter is currently enrolled in a Chinese Language Immersion school and will have a completely different future thanks to the help of Almost Home and her mom’s hard work to create a different life for them.  

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KALYNN

Kalynn hit the ground running when she arrived at Almost Home in September 2016. Already a mother of two beautiful girls, she knew she needed to make some changes to create a better life for Makiya and Ky’ra. She found a full-time job almost immediately at Advance Auto Parts, and was accepted into St. Louis Community College’s EMT program soon after! And then even more good news: a full-time job offer at Barnes Jewish Healthcare, which will help pay tuition in the EMT program! Awesome changes have been happening since Kalynn came to Almost Home. For the first time in her life, Kalynn is putting money into a savings account. She is on track to move into the Almost Home apartments in April, and is putting away money to purchase a car so that she can get herself and her girls to work and school more efficiently. Her determination to change the future is paying off in big ways!

family resource center - 2015 ltym-stl CAUSE

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Family Resource Center (FRC) provides supportive care to approximately 10,000 children and parents in the St. Louis area each year.

FRC, which started as a pilot project at St. Louis Children’s Hospital in 1974, is now one of Missouri’s largest family counseling agencies.Through innovative programs the FRC's mission is:  “To give abused kids a chance for a better life by preventing & treating all forms of child abuse & neglect & by strengthening families through family-centered therapeutic, educational, and support services.” mers a reason to do business with you. 

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NOW CALLED FAMILY FORWARD!


FamilyForward is the result of a merger between Children’s Home Society of Missouri and Family Resource Center, two of St. Louis’ most accomplished and leading-edge non-profit organizations. With 171 years of combined experience helping children and families, the agencies united in April 2017 from positions of strength to better serve the community.

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SIX LOCATIONS TO SERVE OUR COMMUNITY!

Out Front

We are leaders in the use of innovative tools and methods to get better results for the children and families we serve. We prefer to set the pace, testing new ideas and collecting data; always striving to make the biggest impact we can.

182 Clinical, professional, and administrative personnel

Whole Hearted

We are tirelessly committed to the vision and mission of FamilyForward. We use our unique talents and expertise to serve our clients and community with compassion, acceptance, and respect.

483 Actively engaged volunteers

Rock Solid

We are responsible stewards of an organization with a long and proud history of service. Reliable, trustworthy, and hard-working, we do whatever it takes to get the job done, even when no one is watching.

In 2014, We were blessed to meet girls in the know!

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Girls in the Know was founded in 2009 by St. Louis Mom, Lori Lander. With her children quickly approaching the difficult teen years, Lori became very motivated to find avenues that would help her foster positive ways to openly communicate with her daughters about the difficult and critically important subjects that lie ahead. There were no other organizations in St. Louis that aimed their programming toward both trusted adults/caregivers and their pre-teen girls, side by side to address the mental, physical, emotional and social challenges young women face in today’s culture, so Lori created one. She partnered with St. Luke’s Hospital which provided facilities, professional speakers (Police Officers, School Counselors, Psychologists, Social Workers, Licensed Nutritionists and OB/GYN’s) and launched the first Girls in the Know 4-week workshop series. Forward in her thinking, Lori identified a gap, filled a need and created a program that is now widely sought out and accepted by others.

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The mission of Girls in the Know is to educate and empower girls, together with those who love them, by providing tools to establish a strong sense of self. We know growing up in today’s culture is tough… Every 7 seconds a girl is bullied 3 out of 4 girls will consume alcohol in High School 1 or 2 out of every 100 students will struggle with an eating disorder 1 in 4 teen girls has an STI 7 out of 10 girls believe that they are not good enough or don’t measure up in some way.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN TEEN GIRLS MAKE HEALTHY & CONFIDENT DECIS

THEY GROW UP TO BE THE STRONG AUTHENTIC FEMALE LEADERS OF TOMORROW

HOW DO I PREPARE & SUPPORT MY PRE-TEEN TO MAKE HEALTHY CHOICES IN TODAY'S CULTURE?

THEY GROW UP TO BE THE STRONG AUTHENTIC FEMALE LEADERS OF TOMORROW

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The mission of Girls in the Know is to educate and empower girls, together with those who love them, by providing tools to establish a strong sense of self.

We know growing up in today’s culture is tough…


DID YOU KNOW THAT:

HOW DO I PREPARE & SUPPORT MY PRE-TEEN TO MAKE HEALTHY CHOICES IN TODAY'S CULTURE?

THEY GROW UP TO BE THE STRONG AUTHENTIC FEMALE LEADERS OF TOMORROW

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  • Every 7 seconds a girl is bullied
  • 3 out of 4 girls will consume alcohol in High School
  • 1 or 2 out of every 100 students will struggle with an eating disorder
  • 1 in 4 teen girls has an STI
  • 7 out of 10 girls believe that they are not good enough or don’t measure up in some way

HOW DO I PREPARE & SUPPORT MY PRE-TEEN TO MAKE HEALTHY CHOICES IN TODAY'S CULTURE?

HOW DO I PREPARE & SUPPORT MY PRE-TEEN TO MAKE HEALTHY CHOICES IN TODAY'S CULTURE?

HOW DO I PREPARE & SUPPORT MY PRE-TEEN TO MAKE HEALTHY CHOICES IN TODAY'S CULTURE?

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Providing a strong foundation for communication is the key to raising strong authentic women of tomorrow.  When girls have positive communication at home they report it helps them establish their individual values, make healthier decisions, develop a stronger sense of self while experiencing less depression and anxiety.

EMPOWERMENT WORKSHOP SERIES

PLEASE VOLUNTEER OR DONATE TO THIS WONDERFUL ORGANIZATION!

HOW DO I PREPARE & SUPPORT MY PRE-TEEN TO MAKE HEALTHY CHOICES IN TODAY'S CULTURE?

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The Girls in the Know Empowerment Workshop Series is designed for girls ages 9-13* and their trusted adults to discuss life’s most important topics:

Presenting 4 one-hour interactive sessions:

SESSION ONE: “Empowering Your Pre-Teen Girl”
*Covering topics not limited to but including: Influences on self-esteem, peer pressure, recognizing your positive qualities, friendship, managing conflict, choose to diffuse role play, I-statements and being assertive, friendship role play, scenario activity

SESSION TWO: “Promoting A Healthy Body Image”
*Covering topics not limited to but including: Internal vs. External characteristics, body image & media influence, fitness- nutrition, fitness- activity, movement & restoration, true/false activity

SESSION THREE: “All About Safety: Internet, Safety, Home & Away”
*Covering topics not limited to but including: Trusted adults, home alone safety, code phrases, away from home, cell phones/internet/social media & cyber bullying, scenarios activity

SESSION FOUR: “Let’s Talk Puberty, What Pre-Teen Girls Should Know
*Covering topics not limited to but including: Accurate use of terminology, T.H.I.N.K. activity, puberty/body changes/menstrual cycle, taking care of yourself during your period/hygiene, male anatomy, human reproduction, safe touch, promise to myself, true/false activity, matching activity.

GINA MARTEN - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

PLEASE VOLUNTEER OR DONATE TO THIS WONDERFUL ORGANIZATION!

PLEASE VOLUNTEER OR DONATE TO THIS WONDERFUL ORGANIZATION!

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Our wonderful friend Gina Marten began working with Girls in the Know as a volunteer in 2009 after participating in the 4-week Empowerment Workshop Series with her daughter. Prior to her work with Girls in the Know, Gina earned a BS in Marketing from Southwest Missouri State and began her early career in sales. Gina worked at Xerox, where she received the Presidents Club Award and was promoted to a Facilities Management Marketing Executive; MetPath Labs; and pharmaceutical sales with Proctor & Gamble and Glaxo Smithkline for 13 years. During this time, she gained a passion for collaboration and marketing.

After working with GITK as a volunteer for several years, Gina was invited to be the keynote speaker for GITK’s annual event, Passport to Power, in 2011. Shortly afterward, she began assisting the GITK Founder, Lori Lander, and in August 2012, Gina was invited to take the leadership role of Director. Under Gina’s leadership, GITK has experienced immense growth. Her deep connection to GITK’s mission, drive to empower girls to say “I Am Enough!”, and ability to implement initiatives for organizational growth has resulted in a 262% increase in annual revenue per year from 2012 to 2019 and an increase of total girls served per year from 370 in 2012 to 1040 in 2019. Currently, Gina is working side by side with our board to implement our 10-year strategic vision to empower 10,000 girls per year by 2029 to say “I Am Enough!”

PLEASE VOLUNTEER OR DONATE TO THIS WONDERFUL ORGANIZATION!

PLEASE VOLUNTEER OR DONATE TO THIS WONDERFUL ORGANIZATION!

PLEASE VOLUNTEER OR DONATE TO THIS WONDERFUL ORGANIZATION!

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To make a donation online, please go to www.girlsintheknow.org.  To mail a donation by check please mail to our address below.  For additional information please contact us at 314-717-1270, info@girlsintheknow.org, or reach out on Facebook or Twitter.


Girls in the Know
20 South Sarah Street
St. Louis, MO 63108


THANK YOU  VERY MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

OUR INAUGURAL 2013 LTYM-STL CAUSE - CONNECTIONS TO SUCCESS

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INSPIRING FAMILIES TO REALIZE THEIR DREAMS & ACHIEVE ECONOMIC INDEPENDENCE BY THE PROVIDING HOPE RES

At Connections to Success, we provide a comprehensive network of services and support to help people living in poverty become economically self-sufficient. Our model, with lifelong mentoring at its core, delivers evidence-based results and impacts all areas of a person’s life. This is built upon our mission and values. 

https://connectionstosuccess.org/

BREAKING THE CYCLE OF POVERTY:

SERVING PEOPLE TRANSITIONING FROM GENERATIONAL POVERTY, INCARCERATION, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE & OTHERS.

IMPROVING WORKFORCE PRODUCTIVITY

We’ve created EEOC approved training programs specifically designed to engage and motivate your workforce.

CHANGING COMMUNITIES

Our proprietary programs can be licensed by your organization to help break the cycle of poverty in your community.

VOLUNTEER DRIVEN

From the beginning, Connections to Success has been a volunteer-driven organization. We depend on the time and talent of hundreds of people each year to create lasting positive change in our communities. Individual and group volunteer opportunities exist within each of our locations and programs.

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A BOUTIQUE ON WHEELS!

Connections to Success offers a wonderful pop-up shopping events throughout the year at our St. Charles boutique location, and you’ll find us at a number of community fashion/charity events in the St. Louis area. You can also schedule private shopping times in our vault or schedule group shopping parties with us.  

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AN INTEGRATED APPROACH

Poverty is often associated with not having enough money or not having a job, but it’s more complex than that. Poverty involves multifaceted, interconnected factors and can spark a cycle that impacts generations of families. Living in poverty often limits educational and training opportunities for children and young adults, making it difficult to obtain a job with a living wage as an adult or parent. The cycle of poverty has a widespread impact, contributing to issues like crime, unemployment, poor health, domestic violence, isolation and depression.

 

We use a holistic, evidence-based model that integrates multiple services to help individuals and families gain social capital and achieve economic independence. As our participants benefit, so do their families and communities. We take an intergenerational approach, working to improve outcomes for both parents and their children through our own programs and collaborations with other service providers. 

We meet people where they are and help them move toward a place of personal, economic and social strength. Our model integrates training opportunities, life transformation coaching, support services and job development to equip participants for long-term success. 

 We then offer ongoing support to foster continued growth and career advancement. Recognizing the importance of lifelong engagement, we connect program graduates with volunteer mentors who can guide them in accomplishing their life goals. 

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THANK YOU TO CO-FOUNDER & CEO - KATHY LAMBERT

Kathy Lambert, Co-Founder and CEO, opened Dress for Success Midwest in 1998 after reading an article about Dress for Success (DfS), New York. The article explained how DfS provided interview appropriate attire to women in disadvantaged situations, helping them be on the same playing field as other candidates. Understanding the need for this service locally, Kathy opened the first DfS affiliate in the St. Louis region.

SERVING OVER 25,000 PEOPLE THROUGH KANSAS, MISSOURI & ILLINO

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Since our creation in 1998, we’ve served nearly 25,000 people through our locations in KS, MO and IL thanks to the support of our wonderful donors, partners, volunteers and staff. We are honored to journey alongside the individuals and families who come through our doors as they move toward their goals, dreams and economic independence.