Several housing programs are available from Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service, and the charity also offers residents other support at the same time. One key goal is on preventing homelessness and hunger in the counties they support, which include St. Charles, Lincoln, and Warren. So services such as rent assistance or transitional housing are combined with career counseling.
Programs serve residents with issues related to ensuring there is affordable housing and stopping homelessness. The services include homelessness prevention or financial assistance to those who are already with a place to live, and that can include grants for security deposits. Joachim and Ann Care Service also helps with foreclosure counseling, eviction prevention, stopping utility shut-offs, and offering emergency home repairs for senior citizens.
As part of Care Service’s solutions, Emergency Housing Retention is for low-income working poor families and individuals who are in a crisis situation. The non-profit will help clients avoid homelessness by ensuring the home or apartment is safe to live in and affordable.
Other help includes accessing safe, clean, and affordable housing. Staff will also partner with clients so they can gain the sense of security necessary to achieve self-reliance and avoid further dependency on the welfare system. Some of the assistance available through Emergency Housing Retention include the following.
Repairing Homes, Restoring Hope (often referred to as RHRH) provides emergency home repairs for roof leaks, HVAC, rotting flooring, plumbing, and electrical to owner-occupied dwellings. The program’s goal is to address county and/or city code violations, making the homes safer and healthier for people to live in.
Another service in counties such as St. Charles is Temporary Emergency Housing. This resource provides direct payments as well as cash grants that can assist eligible homeless clients with obtaining safe, immediate, sanitary, and secure shelter, until they are able to find permanent housing.
Shelter as well as Transitional Housing helps families in the process of transitioning out of the short term accommodations. They get a place to stay as well as guidance and support.
Emergency Rent or mortgage help, sometimes issued as a loan, prevents eviction and foreclosure. Other components of it provides support services to help families and individuals reach greater stability and self-reliance.
Utility bill assistance from Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service involves direct financial assistance with the payment of energy or heating costs for those who are at risk of becoming homeless and/or of living in unsafe and unsanitary conditions.
The Care Service Child and Family Development Program provides a comprehensive set of resources including advocacy, case management, counseling, liaison, career as well as job development. There is also community education to families with children as well as help for single parents.
The first step is an assessment that determines the needs of the entire family and the client base, taking advantage of their strengths to help them reach their goals and fill their needs. After that, the client or entire family is linked with appropriate services and resources in counties such as Lincoln or St. Charles to help them in their efforts to become self-sufficient.
The purpose of this program is to make a direct impact on the children’s lives by ensuring that they remain in school, gain the education and skills they need, and grow up in a safe, nurturing environment. The long-term goal is to eradicate hunger as well as homelessness by educating the entire family and providing support for their efforts to make use of their own strengths and skills to meet their goals.
With the help of school districts, local charities, landlords, and other partners, Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service include the following components.
Resources will help families find housing that is safe, stable, sanitary, and appropriate for children. This is often combined with financial aid to pay for educational services. There will also be training for parents and children, for the purpose of reducing child abuse, neglect, and homelessness in Saint Charles. This will also provide basic needs such as clothing, health, food, and overall financial status.
A goal is on ensuring that all homeless children in are provided an opportunity to attend school and receive an appropriate education, and also keep children safe and healthy during the high-risk period of homelessness. This is all done through the stabilization process from the organization.
Referrals will connect families with social support systems in counties such as St. Charles Missouri, such as Big Brothers/Big Sisters, school and/or church activities, and support groups. This will also allow them to develop informational and educational resources.
Transportation is also available. The program, known as Automobile Assistance, furnishes limited fuel provisions, gas cards, auto or even car replacement. This direct support is offered along with advocacy to eligible applicants. This is mostly used for people that are employed but have car troubles.
The purpose of the Career Center at Care Service is to help job seekers in St. Charles and Warren County obtain sustainable employment. This after all is an important advantage for those making an effort to establish a more stable family environment, and also to make a positive contribution to the community.
The goal long term is to help clients as well as the working poor reduce and eventually eliminate their dependence on community service programs or government benefits. Additional Career Center services include Resume creation, career development and counseling, Hands-on job coaching as well as registration with the State of Missouri’s Career Source.
Holiday help is offered from “The Miracle on McClay,” also commonly called the Adopt-A-Family program. This is an annual event held by Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service that ensures that economically disadvantaged families, both seniors and children, will have Christmas. \
The charity will accomplish this by providing them with a free Christmas dinner, several gifts for each family member, including shoes, winter coats, toys, and many other items. To make all of this happen, Care Service coordinates the adoption of families by businesses, neighbors, organizations, and churches.
Donations are collected throughout the remaining fall months from individuals, churches, schools, businesses, and other agencies, which the Care Service will use to supplement the gifts from the adopters. Donated gifts include a wide variety of items, including toys, toilet paper, gift certificates for shoes, personal hygiene items, and cleaning supplies. Each family also receives enough food for a week’s worth of meals as well.
For more information, Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service is located at 4116 McClay Rd., St. Charles, MO, 63304. Call the charity at 636-441-1302.
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