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Emergency Social Services
The Community Center at Ferguson offers a variety of basic social services such as emergency financial, utility, and rent/mortgage assistance. Salvation Army case managers provide casework and referral services, including financial planning assistance, job placement strategies, and emotional support in cases of abuse or crisis. Families are referred to as the Pathway of Hope program when the crises or barrier requires more long-term support.
Pathway of Hope provides targeted services to families with children under the age of 18, both traditional and non-traditional family structures, that desire to break the cycle of crisis. Through case management, we focus on a family’s capabilities and raise hope by empowering them to overcome barriers on the path to stability. Families set their own goals, and we partner with them to provide the resources needed to accomplish each one. By helping families overcome barriers like unemployment, unstable housing, and lack of education, we can break the cycle of crisis and vulnerability, leading families down a path toward increased stability – a Pathway of Hope that will profoundly affect generations to come.
Pathway to Health
The Pathway to Health initiative is a collaboration between The Salvation Army and Christian Hospital to address the health and economic wellness needs of the North St. Louis County community. As part of the Pathway of Hope, Pathway to Health allows families with health needs and other socio-economic barriers to work on goals in both areas. Community health workers and case managers provide needed support for each family on their journey towards wellness and self-sufficiency. This support creates paths that lead to better health management as well as stability for their family to thrive.
Spark Academy is a free 8-week program that gives third and fourth-grade students an opportunity to discover their gifts and talents in a safe place after school Monday through Thursday. Spark encourages each participant to discover their gift and can build a solid foundation to grow.
We have key values that help young people develop and thrive:
The Believe Project
The Believe Project, a partnership with the St. Louis Black Authors of Children’s Literature, is a new literacy library created to be a safe space for children to enjoy the beauty of reading and will be featured at The Salvation Army Ferguson Community Empowerment Center through the Spark Academy and Ignite programs. The project’s vision is to ensure that “all children become confident and competent readers by the end of third grade” – focusing especially on books written by black authors and/or for black children’s audiences.
About The Ferguson Community Empowerment Center
The Salvation Army and the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis partnered together in response to the racial inequity and distress experienced in Ferguson. Built on the site of the QuikTrip that was burned down, the Ferguson Community Empowerment Center stands as a symbol of hope on the frontlines of local and national restoration and change.
Please call The Ferguson Community Empowerment Center at 314-439-8306 for more information.