st. francis community services

City nonprofits speak against proposed payroll tax bill

The service-based nonprofit community in St. Louis — including Catholic schools and agencies — came together before a committee of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen on June 22 to oppose a bill that would remove an exemption on a payroll expense tax. They shared time at microphone to explain their missions and how their services lead to a reduction in crime and improved living conditions for city residents.

Catholic Charities' realignment of resources targeting poorest areas

The Father Tolton Center, which provides meals to the homebound, will close June 30 as part of a realignment of St. Francis Community Services. The St. Louis Area Agency on Aging will offer meals in the area. Last year, Roger Dickson brought a meal to Araceli Domenden through the Father Tolton Center program.

A realignment of resources at St. Francis Community Services will refocus efforts in St. Charles, Lincoln and Warren Counties as well as north and south St. Louis and respond to impoverished families through a new effort based on areas of greatest need. St. Francis Community Services is a federated agency of Catholic Charities of St. Louis.

St. Francis Community Services focusing on parish bases

St. Francis Community Southside Center celebrated “Día del Niño”, or the Day of the Child, a Mexican celebration that recognizes children and their importance in society. Jasmin, Evelyn and Valentina Carrillo danced a traditional Mexican folk dance known as Baile Folklórico. Southside Center is part of St. Francis Community Services’ focus on outreach to neighborhoods.

A Catholic Charities' outreach effort has a new name -- St. Francis Community Services -- and an approach that stresses serving needy in neighborhoods from a parish base.

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