While reading over the nomination information for our 80 in 80 Program, I was drawn to the Church of God at Baden charitable organization. I became concerned when I read that their food pantry serves over 300 people per month and that there are so many families and children that need to have this service provided for them right here in our back yard of North St. Louis County. It also concerned me that the needs and services they provide are not just at this time and this year, but that they have been ongoing for some 30 years.
The St. Louis Blues Blind Hockey Club’s mission is to provide those with visual impairments the opportunity to fully participate in a team sport: ice hockey. Their goal is to allow players with limited spectrum of sight to enjoy the teamwork, competition and athleticism that is synonymous with this sport. We are very lucky to have this club in our community as they are one of only eight teams in the whole country that makes this sport accessible to the visually impaired.
Family Forward provides support to caregivers of children that have developmental disabilities or those who have suffered severe traumas. Their extensive services help biological, foster and adoptive families deliver hope to the children in their care. These services include: trauma assessment, therapy, coaching and education, recruitment and training of foster families, on-site care for children with disabilities, and a therapeutic preschool. They also work to prevent chronic child abuse by reducing stress and removing barriers for parents of vulnerable children. This organization was able to positively affect nearly 7,000 children and their families last year.
The Kathy J. Weinman Shelter is an organization that supports abused women and their children. Many women leave abusive situations with only the clothes on their backs and the Shelter provides them with everything they need to get their lives on track. By creating a safe environment, the Shelter hopes to help heal the trauma of intimate partner violence.
Established in 1983, Burns Recovered (BRSG) supports children and adults that have suffered from burns and burn trauma. Their goal is to help them “make the transition from burn victims to burn survivors” by providing physical and emotional support.
We live in a global society that is becoming more connected everyday. Our employees and customers represent a diverse group of people from many ethnic backgrounds. It is with great pride that Ferguson Roofing supports Oasis International Ministries whose mission is to love and care for those seeking refuge from war torn countries.
Many employees and clients of Ferguson Roofing are parents or grandparents of young children. We all want the best for our children, especially during the critical formative years from birth to five years old; however some children do not have access to quality childcare because of their family’s socioeconomic status.
Childhood obesity is an epidemic in our country. Children need a safe place where they can learn healthy habits without being judged. For this reason, Ferguson Roofing is supporting the wonderful organization Camp Jump Start because of the impact they are making on the lives of young people.
Everyone recognizes the impact technology has on daily life and that is why Ferguson Roofing will support the Adam Morgan Foundation’s iPad donation. This Foundation is dedicated to creating inclusive opportunities for individuals with autism and other co-occurring conditions within all aspects of their lives through education, awareness, access to communication preference and technology.
The first grant winner on our 80 in 80 campaign is Brackets for Good. This year’s bracket is complete and the winner is Brace for Impact 46! Congrats to them and all of those that participated. If you support a non-profit, make sure they apply with Brackets for Good toward year’s end for the 2019 competition. More good coming!