ST. LOUIS (October 20, 2014) — On Saturday, October 18 and Sunday, October 19, United Way of Greater St. Louis 2-1-1 and St. Louis County hosted a Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) to help residents in Ferguson who were impacted by civil unrest in the area. For this event, United Way 2-1-1 executed part of a $1 million contract from St. Louis County.
Held at Florissant Valley Community College, eligible Ferguson residents who previously registered a need for assistance with United Way 2-1-1 were invited to attend the MARC to receive help with basic needs to prevent homelessness. This included case management, utility assistance, rent/mortgage assistance, and transportation based on specific criteria determined by St. Louis County.
Agencies that participated at the MARC include: Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, Salvation Army Midland Division Missouri & Southern Illinois, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Saint Louis – St. Francis Community Services, Community Action Agency of St. Louis County, Inc., American Red Cross of the Greater St. Louis Region, and St. Louis County Department of Human Services. A children’s recreation area was provided by Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis and University City Children’s Center.
“United Way’s role in quick moving situations has always been to help people in need,” said Regina Greer, vice president of United Way’s community response, including United Way 2-1-1. “Through United Way 2-1-1 we’ve assessed the needs of residents and are pleased to execute this contract with St. Louis County to meet some of those needs.”
The MARC represents the first portion of the work through the St. Louis County contract with United Way. In addition to the services provided at the MARC, the contract also designates funding for crisis support and mental health counseling, and community building efforts.
In situations such as the one impacting Ferguson residents, United Way supports local efforts by providing resources to people in need. For the Ferguson MARC, United Way will manage volunteers, convene nonprofit and government partners, and engage in the direction of material resources to address critical needs.
Since August, United Way has helped nearly 1,900 people who have been impacted by events in Ferguson connect to resources and respite. The MARC was designed to help the remaining individuals that registered a demonstrated need with United Way 2-1-1 at August’s Community Resource Drop-In Center.
People who need help are encouraged to call United Way 2-1-1. For more information on United Way’s efforts to help people in Ferguson, visit HelpingPeople.org/HelpingFerguson.
About United Way of Greater St. Louis: United Way of Greater St. Louis mobilizes the community with one goal in mind — helping people live their best possible lives. Located throughout 16 counties in Missouri and Illinois, United Way helps one in three people in the region build a foundation for a good quality of life through basic needs, financial stability, education, health and strong communities. For more information, contact 314-421-0700 or visit www.HelpingPeople.org.
About Missouri and Illinois United Way 2-1-1: 2-1-1 is a fast, free and confidential way to give or get help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 2-1-1 call centers operate under national standards and are staffed by trained specialists who quickly assess the callers’ needs and refer them to the help they seek. Information is available on a broad range of services, including food banks, affordable housing, health resources, child care, after-school programs, elderly care, financial literacy, and job training programs. Those with cell phones only should call 800-427-4626.