Epworth Children & Family Services Awarded More Than $1.6 Million in Grants
10/24/2019

Nonprofit is only Missouri agency to receive awards under bureau's specific programs in 2019

Online PR News – 24-October-2019 – St. Louis, MO – The Family & Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) recently named Epworth Children & Family Services as a recipient of three three-year grants totaling $1,605,999. Epworth is the only Missouri agency to receive awards in the 2019 cycle for the FYSB programs of Basic Center, Transitional Living, and Street Outreach services. FYSB, which is part of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, supports programs for at-risk youth and their families.

Epworth's Basic Center Program received a $445,338 total grant to support its Youth Emergency Services shelter, which provides temporary emergency shelter for homeless youth and youth in crisis with wrap-around services to address trauma and build emotional and life skills. The grant will serve 70 youth per year for three years.

The agency's Transitional Living Program (TLP) was awarded a grant totaling $712,950. TLP enables youth to develop independent living skills in a safe and stable setting. Youth receive financial and housing support while benefiting from life skills instruction, education and/or employment assistance, and clinical case management. Epworth expects to assist approximately 30 youth per year with this award.

Epworth also was presented a total grant of $447,711 for its Street Outreach Program, which engages homeless youth and youth at risk of homelessness, as well as connects them to shelter and other services. Outreach workers travel to places in St. Louis City and County where homeless youth congregate. The agency provides basic needs items like food and hygiene kits plus referrals to needed services including those offered at Epworth's Drop-In Center in Normandy. The award will help Epworth serve 500 youth per year through its street-based services and its Drop-In Center.

"These very generous grants allow us to remain as a significant leader in our community," said Epworth's President and CEO Dr. Michael Panicola, "We appreciate the recognition for our work with youth and the homeless, and we will continue to focus on alleviating all that accompanies these situations."

Founded in 1864, Epworth Children & Family Services is a multi-service agency that helps children, youth and families move toward self-sufficiency by focusing on health, housing, education and employment. Epworth offers emergency shelter, residential and intensive treatment, in-home family therapy, transitional housing, psychological evaluation and testing, foster care services, prevention services and a 24-hour help line. The agency is headquartered at 110 N. Elm Ave. with offices in Normandy and University City.

For more information, call (314) 961-5718 or visit www.epworth.org.