LCMS Lutheran Housing Support was one of two recipients for the Women on Mission’s 2015 grant. They have been focused on the reduction of violent crime through increased security measures throughout the community, which will assist police in catching criminals, deter crime and support officer safety in the neighborhood.
We are happy to pass along the latest update from Fred Kimbrough, Director of Projects at Lending at LCMS Lutheran Housing Support…
“I am happy to report for the year ending in 2016 there were no homicides in the College Hill Neighborhood. Crime statistics from the
St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department illustrating December 2015 to December 2016 show a 100% decrease in total homicides. We thank God and give him the glory for creating this turn around. In 2016, overall property crime was down nineteen percent (19%) and total crime decreased by fifteen percent (15%). Finally it has been communicated to us by several police officers, who work
in College Hill, that we have gone from worst to first with respect to the improvement in crime within St. Louis City’s 6th Police District.”
Women on Mission is happy to announce this year’s two 2016 grant recipients… Eye Care Center Charity of Mid-America and Grace Hill Settlement House. Here is a video of the check presentation at the Garden of Courage in College Hill!
Women on Mission Saint Louis is currently accepting grant requests for the 2016 year. It is with God’s blessing that we are excited to announce that for the second year, two grants will be awarded, in the amount of $42,500 each*. The deadline for submission is March 31st, 2016. For information on submission guidelines, please see the grant information page.
*Grant submissions for amounts other than $42,500 will not be reviewed. The 2016 grants will be awarded to two separate agencies; one agency may not receive both grants.
Women on Mission is blessed and pleased to announce this year’s 2015 Grant Recipients — Life for Life Gym and LCMS Lutheran Housing Support. Each organization receives $40,000 over the next two years.
Lift for Life believes that strengthening and nourishing the body leads to a long-term change in members’ attitudes, self-esteem, behavior and academic performance, and positively affects the entire community. Lift for Life plans to use this grant to welcoming and acclimating new members from College Hill to the gym and its programs, as well as increasing wellness for children and families from College Hill through nutrition education and cooking instruction, and increased access to regular exercise.
LCMS Lutheran Housing Support is working to stabilize and revitalize the once vibrant, historic neighborhood of College Hill. LCMS Lutheran Housing Support is a second-time grant recipient. This year’s program focused on the reduction of violent crime through increased security measures throughout the community, which will assist police in catching criminals, deter crime and support officer safety in the neighborhood.
Women on Mission Saint Louis is currently accepting grant requests for the 2015 year. It is with God’s blessing that we are excited to announce that, for the first time, two grants will be awarded, in the amount of $40,000 each*. The deadline for submission is March 31st, 2015. For information on submission guidelines, please see the grant information page.
*Grant submissions for amounts other than $40,000 will not be reviewed. The 2015 grants will be awarded to two separate agencies; one agency may not receive both grants.
It is with thanks to God for having blessed Women on Mission with $65,000 to grant to an agency that is helping those who live in College Hill, that last night WOM, awarded the grant to Connection to Success to address father absenteeism in the community. In College Hill, 1 out of 3 households are run by a single mother, with the father completely out of the picture. So often, the father wants to be involved, but is unable. Sometimes as Napoleon Williams described last night, the father doesn’t have a job, so is unable to pay child support and is sent to jail keeping him from being able to be there or to obtain a job to pay the support. The cycle then repeats itself. Connections to Success will provide services to 20 fathers in College Hill with the skills necessary to obtain and retain a job, fatherhood training and child support education to name a few. I believe we were all moved last night at Napoleon, the Outreach Coordinator for Connections to Success, told his own story about how he was raised fatherless. The first time he met his father was at a family funeral. A man in an orange jumpsuit with handcuffs was escorted up the aisle for viewing. A family member leaned over to him and said “that’s your father”. Napoleon journey started down the wrong path, but fortunately, Napoleon received help from Connections to Success and is now working for them. A great success story. We pray that through this grant, Connections will be able to make more success stories a reality for fathers and their children.
Early the next morning, we gathered in the Garden of Courage to present Connections to Success with their award. Watch the video of the presentation here!
We are proud to announce that Women on Mission has awarded it’s 2013 Grant to the Crime Victim’s Advocacy Center. The center provides services to crime victims and their families, including information and referrals, criminal justice advocacy, counseling, crisis intervention, and personal advocacy. In addition, they have domestic violence intervention partnerships with Saint Louis City and County, police departments. Women on Mission is excited to see all that the Crime Victim’s Advocacy Center can accomplish in College Hill!
Many members of Women On Mission were in attendance as ground was broken for Nazareth Homes on a chilly morning in mid-March. Nicole Ridley, chief executive officer of LCMS National Housing Support Corporation, emceed the event, and Reverend Doctor Matthew Harrison led the dedication service.
Residents were praised by all in attendance as playing an integral role in the revitalization of this neighborhood.
KMOV covered the groundbreaking — to view the video of their coverage, click here.
Help make a difference in your community. Join our Christian women’s giving circle this year. Together we can help St. Louis, specifically the historic College Hill area. All donations go to our annual grant, are tax deductible, and can be paid on our secure website. Contact any of the board members for more information.