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Through Pathways to Progress, Tyra was able to apply for and receive disability benefits, and through connections with her Member Advisor was able to find part-time work which meets her needs and allows her to gain modest supplementary income. She worked hard to combine her skills in ways that would both promote her economic stability. She attended Member workshops, learning about budgeting. She saved through the “Savings Jar Challenge,” which provides matching funds up to $100 for Members in the program. Her benefits, new job, matched funds, and newly structured budget, with support from her Member Advisor, allowed her to save enough to purchase a car through a connecting agency. This has significantly increased her quality of life. When asked about her experience in the Pathways to Progress, she talks about her work on her budget and the many new life skills that she is able to use every day. She says, “The program has helped me become accountable to myself. I have accomplished the goals I set out to do, and it feels amazing!” Tyra will be one of the first program participants to graduate from Pathways to Progress this fall.

Creating A Path Toward Racial Equity

As our country continues to be enveloped in the strongest calls for racial justice we have seen in years, the path forward is clear: in order to fully live out the mission of St. Francis Community Services, we must commit to creating an agency that promotes racial equity in every […]

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Pro Bono Assistance in Eviction Cases

As of August 1, rent and mortgage payments will be due, just as unemployment benefits and remaining federal and local eviction protections expire. Jobs remain scarce and financial assistance dwindles, and families, who were able to make ends meet pre-COVID, are now unable to pay rent and put food on […]

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Youth Summer Camp: A Virtual Success

Every year, our Youth Program and all of our staff look forward to Summer Camp! Our typical Summer Camp creates an enriching, entertaining experience that helps children of immigrants experience St. Louis landmarks (City Museum, anyone?). Yet with the school year interrupted by the pandemic, staff knew kids needed to […]

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