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$1 Million Health Grant Awarded in Partnership to The Salvation Army and Christian Hospital

Pathway to Health Initiative To Assist Ferguson and surrounding North County Residents
St. Louis, MO – The Salvation Army of St. Louis and Christian Hospital have received a three-year $1 million grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health that will bring better health into north St. Louis County.

“Pathway to Health is an expansion of our current operations inside the Ferguson Community Empowerment Center,” says Dan Jennings, The Salvation Army’s Bi-State CEO. “We will now be able to assist families and individuals in Ferguson and surrounding zip codes who are experiencing poverty and barriers to physical wellness.”

Data shows for Ferguson and neighboring municipalities that nearly half of Christian Hospital’s emergency department visits are non-emergent or emergent-avoidable. North St. Louis County comprises The Salvation Army of St. Louis’ highest service in the region for emergency social services. The intersecting needs of North County residents led The Salvation Army and Christian Hospital to work together around a common goal of economic and physical wellness.

“Christian Hospital and The Salvation Army have partnered to create holistic sustainable change by not only addressing the community’s health challenges but also the social determinants of health that lead to poor health outcomes, especially for African Americans,” says Rick Stevens, Christian Hospital president. “The Pathway to Health initiative will address the lack of access to affordable care, the need for increased health knowledge, and chronic condition management for African Americans and others, while also working to eliminate socio-economic barriers.”

Funding for this project was provided in whole by Missouri Foundation for Health. The Foundation is a resource for the region, working with communities and nonprofits to generate and accelerate positive changes in health. As a catalyst for change, the Foundation improves the health of Missourians through a combination of partnership, experience, knowledge, and funding.

The Ferguson Community Empowerment Center, co-owned by The Salvation Army and the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, 9420 West Florissant Ave., will be the team setting where Pathway to Health will operate and coordinate. Patients who are at Christian Hospital’s emergency department for non-emergent or avoidable visits will be referred to The Salvation Army case managers in Ferguson. Christian Hospital will provide community health workers and a preventive health educator at the Ferguson Community Empowerment Center to engage in wellness activities with residents in Ferguson and surrounding neighborhoods.

The Pathway to Health Program will be a component of the long-term case management of Pathway of Hope, an approach that assists families in overcoming the root causes of barriers that perpetuate the cycle of crisis and vulnerability that keep them in poverty.

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About The Salvation Army of St. Louis:

The Salvation Army has been working to better combat poverty and assist those imprisoned by it. From developing a deeper understanding of the epidemic to identifying locations and population segments with the greatest need, The Salvation Army is pushing forward on all fronts and meets human needs without discrimination.

About Christian Hospital:

Christian Hospital is a 220-staffed-bed community hospital located in north St. Louis County and a founding member of BJC HealthCare, one of the largest nonprofit health care organizations in the United States. Located six miles west of Christian Hospital is Northwest HealthCare, which offers the community 24-hour emergency care and a variety of outpatient services to complement hospital services. With both locations, Christian Hospital operates the busiest emergency department in Missouri and also has the second largest hospital-based ambulance service in the state.

Drive Through & Support Those in Need at The Salvation Army Red Kettle Blitz

St. Louis, Mo. – No need to brave the cold to support those in need in our community. The Salvation Army is holding a drive through Red Kettle Blitz on Wednesday, January 10 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Almost 45% of all Saint Louis Metropolitan area households do not have income to meet basic needs, according to a recent United Way study. The Salvation Army provides for basic survival needs and longer term solutions for our neighbors in need. The Salvation Army is short of reaching the campaign goal which can negatively impact the number of people they will be able to assist this year.

Volunteers will be accepting monetary donations at three area St. Louis locations.

Lt. Colonel Dan Jennings, The Salvation Army Bi-State Executive, says “This community has been very generous this year in supporting those affected in other areas of the country through their disaster donations. We hope that they will consider and additional amount to continue the service to those in this community as well.” Funds raised during the Tree of Lights campaign support local programs and services. The Tree of Lights campaign represents approximately 45 percent of The Salvation Army’s year-round operating budget. The campaign ends January 31, 2018.

Donations can also be made by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY, online at: stlsalvationarmy.org or text TREEOFLIGHTS TO 41444.

WHAT: The Salvation Army Red Kettle Blitz
WHERE: The Salvation Army Divisional Headquarters, 1130 Hampton Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63139.
Mike Talayna’s Juke Box Restaurant, 1115 Hampton Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63139.
Kiener Plaza at the corner of Chestnut and Broadway, St. Louis, MO 63101
WHEN: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. For more information, go to www.stlsalvationarmy.org.

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Christmas Donations Down

Funding for Programs and Services in Jeopardy

St. Louis, Mo. – As Christmas nears, donations to The Salvation Army Tree of Lights campaign are down sharply in the St. Louis region.

So far, $1.4 million has been raised this year compared to $2.7 million during the same period last year. The 2017 Tree of Lights campaign goal is $6.1 million.

“Red kettle donations are down 24 percent alone. We believe it is due to lack of enough volunteers to man our red kettle locations throughout the St. Louis Bi-State,” said Lt. Colonel Dan Jennings, divisional commander of The Salvation Army Midland Division.

Salvation Army programs and services to help those in need are in jeopardy if the campaign goal is not met. All monies raised during the Tree of Lights campaign stays local in funding holiday meals, gifts, food, shelter, child care, job training and many other services throughout the year. The Tree of Lights campaign represents a substantial portion of The Salvation Army’s year-round operating budget.

The Salvation Army expanded into Ferguson earlier this year. Last year, The Salvation Army provided nearly over 107,000 meals to hungry men, women and children, nearly 85,000 nights of shelter to the community’s homeless, over 31,000 grocery orders to families in need, and over 95,000 Christmas toys and gifts in Missouri and Southern Illinois.

To help, donations can be made by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or online to the Tree of Lights Campaign at: stlsalvationarmy.org or text GIVEHOPE TO 41444.

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. For more information, go to www.stlsalvationarmy.org.

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