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What Happens When You Give? Your donation stays in St. Francois County – 100 percent of every individual’s financial gift to United Way of St. Francois County goes to the local agencies funded by United Way. Every time you hear about the good work being done by these agencies in St. Francois County, you know you helped make that happen because you gave to United Way. You improve the quality of life for all of us in St. Francois County. When we reach out to one another, we’re building community. We’re helping to make St. Francois County a better place to live. The roots of the United Way reach back to 1988 when the Salvation Army approached the Farmington community looking for a group to run their annual holiday kettle campaign. These visionary com-

Representatives from the agencies which received 2017 grant funding.

munity leaders agreed to run the campaign, as long as the majority of the funds would stay in St. Francois County. In the beginning, the money was divided between the Salvation Army, the Farmington Ministerial Alliance and the St.

Vincent de Paul Society. In 1994, FUFI (Farmington United Fund, Inc.) was formed, with a board established to manage and grow the fund raising efforts in our community. FUFI’s board of directors made the decision

that to improve the ability of the organization to raise funds and help those in need in our community, the best long term decision would be to become a member of the United Way organization. In 1996, the United Way of

Farmington was founded. In 1999, the organization expanded to encompass all of our county, changing its name to the United Way of St. Francois County.

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Please join us in supporting the United Way of St. Francois County

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The United Way of St. Francois County understands charitable giving choices are your personal decisions. If you wish to make a difference for generations to come, estate planning is one method to support the United Way’s work.

Thanks to All who support our local United Way of St. Francois County.

Francois County, call 573-760-8929 or email at

Donate through Payroll Deduction

Hundreds of people give to the United Way of St. Francois County through payroll deduction. It’s the number one way the United Way raises funds. Thanks to the employees of these companies who designate a portion of their paychecks to go to the United Way of St. Francois County. Ask your employer about creating a payroll deduction plan available at your workplace. AAA Insurance AIG Ameren UE AT&T Bismarck R-5 School District BJC Buckman Labs Centene Corporation Centerpoint Energy Central R-3 School District City of Farmington Convergys Crouch, Farley & Heuring

Enterprise Leasing Farmington R-7 School District First State Community Bank Federal Employees through Gateway Combined Federal Campaign General Motors Corp. Glik’s JC Penney’s Laclede Gas Manpower Mineral Area College Missouri Natural Gas Missouri State Employees No. St. Francois Cty. R-1 School Dist. Office Max O’Reilly Auto Parts Pfizer Schnuck’s St. Francois County Health Center St. Francois County Employees Thurman, Shinn and Company UPS US Tool Group Walmart Wellpoint Wells Fargo West County R-4 School District

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Leave a Legacy of Hope and Caring for Your Neighbors

Good estate plans offer the ability to direct your gift and to ensure your legacy is delivered in the manner you wish. You don’t have to choose between leaving money to your family or a charity. You can leave gifts to both. Some charitable giving may actually benefit your family. Legacy gifts can be designed as recognition or memorial tributes. Financial advisors and tax professionals can assist individuals and families personalize and control their charitable giving wishes and discuss the potential tax advantages. The United Way of St. Francois County is recognized by the IRS as a 501c organization. Individuals or families can choose to support the United Way’s general or administrative funds. Consider making the United Way of St. Francois County a beneficiary of your IRA or name the United Ways as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy, stocks and personal property. For more information about how to make a planned gift to United Way of St.

Our local United Way is a local independent non-profit 501(c) organization. We are one of the over 1500 United Way organizations across the country. Each United Way is an autonomous organization governed by its own board of directors. Our United Way pays a small yearly fee to United Way Worldwide for use of its logo and to receive some organizational guidance. Every donation matters. Whether it’s a legacy or corporate gift of thousands of dollars, or the change that’s dropped in a holiday wishing well, the United Way of St. Francois County counts on the generosity of all people in St. Francois County to bring help and hope to our neighbors in need.


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Who is eligible Who We Fund for funding? To be eligible for funding from United Way of St. Francois County, applicants must: • Be a non-profit corporation • Have IRS and State of Missouri income tax exempt status • Offer human service programs • Provide community services based on documented need • Be non-discriminatory as to age, race, sex, religion and national origin • Have sound financial and program management • Provide timely financial and program information • Be listed on 2-1-1 @ • Submit an application to the United Way of St. Francois County by the application deadline Applications are typically accepted in late January to mid-February for grant funding to be awarded the following year. Check the website at or call the office at 573-760-8929 for specific details.

The United Way of St. Francois County annually funds roughly 22-30 agencies in St. Francois County that meet basic human needs. A total of $200,000 in grant funding was donated to 33 agencies to assist St. Francois County residents during the 2017 grant cycle. Bismarck Caring Communities Bismarck Church of God Bismarck Senior Center BJC Behavioral Health Club House Bonne Terre Food Pantry Bonne Terre Senior Center Central R-3 Caring Communities Children’s Advocacy Center East Missouri Action Agency Elvins Food Pantry Farmington Meals on Wheels for Special Diets Farmington Ministerial Alliance Farmington R-7 Caring Communities Farmington Senior Center Habitat for Humanity of St. Francois County Immaculate Conception Food Pantry/St. Vincent De Paul L.I.F.E. Center for Independent Living, Inc. North St. Francois County R-1 Caring Communities Park Hills Senior Center Parkland Foster Adopt Families

Bonne Terre Supports the United Way of St. Francois County. We thank them for their support of the Bonne Terre Senior Center, the Food Pantry, and the many other services they help provide our County.

Parkland Pregnancy Resource Center Salvation Army, serving St. Francois County SEMO Family Violence Council Shared Blessing Homeless Shelter St. Francois County Community Partnership & Season of Hope St. Francois County Health Center St. Francois County Mental Health Board St. Vincent de Paul of Farmington Upward Smiles, Inc. Visions of Hope West County R-4 Caring Communities YFC Back to School Fair YFC Career Ed Program


Dine Out For United Way

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Jim Green, Buck and Carol Bourisaw, and Diana Green Dine Out at Benham Street Grill

United Way 'Dine Out' Schedule St. Francois County restaurants are significant contributors to the United Way’s fundraising efforts. “For over 20 years, our local restaurants have supported Dine Out Thursdays for the United Way,” says Kathy Dziewa, United Way board member and owner of Long John Silver’s and A&W restaurant. “It’s one way St. Francois County’s restaurants ‘gives back’ to the community.” When diners support the “dining-for-acause,” each participating restaurant donates at least 10 percent of its sales to the United Way of St. Francois County on the day it is featured. Restaurants are located throughout the Parkland. The Dine Out day will be from opening to closing and covers take-out as well as dine-in orders. Dine Out proceeds help with the United Way’s administrative costs. Benham Street Grill in Bonne Terre kicked off the Dine Out season on Saturday, Sept. 9 with a special Breakfast Bonanza. Benham Street’s reputation for good food brought community members in addition to regular patrons for a tasty buffet of breakfast items. The United Way hopes this can be a repeat event.

Dine Out Thursdays run every Thursday through Nov. 2. The 2017 schedule follows:

September 14 Colton's in Farmington Subway restaurants in Bismarck, Bonne Terre, Desloge & Farmington September 21 ShoGun in Farmington CiCi’s Pizza in Farmington September 28 Steak ‘n Shake in Farmington October 5 El Tapatio in Farmington & Park Hills October 12 Hub’s Pub in Bonne Terre McDonald's in Farmington, (West Columbia location) October 19 Long John Silver's/A&W in Farmington Huddle House in Bonne Terre, Park Hills & Farmington October 26 Little Caesar’s in Desloge & Farmington November 2 Pasta House in Farmington Culver’s in Farmington Clay Whitener and Patricia Murphy during the kick-off at the Benham Street Grill.



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Visions of Hope It’s been one year since the Dress 2 Impress upscale resale shop opened in downtown Farmington. But, the impact the store – and the internship program instituted by Visions of Hope co-founders Luann Honerkamp and Jessica Harmon – will make a difference in the lives of those diagnosed on the autism spectrum for years to come. Harmon said the program was able to surpass the goal set of five to 10 interns for the first year in operation. “We have served 25 interns – those are teens and adults on the autism spectrum,” Harmon said. “Some of them have gone on to paying jobs and been offered other jobs, some are volunteering and some just complete the program.” Those who are in high school are limited to 120 hours of internship per school year and are able to come back the following school year for more time in the program. The vocational training program helps train the interns with what is expected in the job force. A portfolio of their work is also created for future use. In addition, the store provides assistance to those who find themselves heading for a job interview or in a new place of employment – yet unable to

get the needed professional clothing for that job. “We probably served 40 clients through the interview attire voucher program and we continue to do so,” Harmon said. Funds for that portion of Visions of Hope’s mission came from grant money awarded by the United Way of St. Francois County. She shared the story of one individual who came into the store through the voucher program, needing apparel for a new office job. “She was able to get a whole bunch of things that mixed and matched so she could have a bunch of different outfits,” Harmon said. Referrals to the voucher program are made through the L.I.F.E. Center, East Missouri Action Agency, Preferred Employment, Probation and Parole or through word-of-mouth. “As long as we have a referral (of what their job will be),” Harmon said. One detail the store worked to overcome was in making the public aware the store is open to everyone and was more than just a training program – or a service to those in need. A large sign on the window designates the store is open to the public. More than 3,000 customers shopped the store in the first year, which fea-

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tures new and gently loved dress clothing (men's and women's), shoes, jewelry, purses and accessories at affordable prices. “I want anybody to be able to walk in here and be able to afford nice clothing,” Harmon said. “So, yeah, I might have a Vera Wang shirt, but I’m not going to mark it up $20. It’s going to be the same as any other shirt.” Dress 2 Impress takes donations of business and formal attire. Harmon stressed it’s important for those making donations to know where the money goes from sales made at the store. “Not only does it go to our interview attire program, but every dollar that is made here goes right back into the program,” she said. She said the store goes beyond filling a physical need

– but sees more than one instance where a spiritual need is met as well. “It’s just really neat all the people God sends to us,” she said. “Every day, there is just some need that he is wanting to fulfill and we are able to help be a blessing to others .those who are donating truly are helping. “Somebody who just got a new job but is able to walk in (to work) confidently I know how that feels. That’s why I was excited about the attire program. As a single mom, I interviewed at Centene Corporation the first time and I didn’t have anything appropriate I wore what I had. Being able to help anybody that is in that situation, being able to hear their story it’s neat the relationships we make with all the different customers.” That’s one of the points

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Harmon said makes the store so different. With the downtown location, the interns are able to build social skills by interacting with other businesses around them – such as the banks and post office, which are just steps outside the front doors. The store is located at 117 E. Columbia St. in downtown Farmington. “We wanted to get downtown so interns could make relationships with the bank, the post office, the downtown businesses,” she said. “They can be a part of the community.” Harmon said those with a child or grandchild diagnosed on the autism spectrum often ask questions of herself and Honerkamp about what the program is all about – and about life with a loved one on the spectrum.

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Organize your friends, colleagues and family members for the Thursday, Oct. 26 “Girls Night Out.” Each fall, approximately 50-75 women enjoy an evening of camaraderie and friendship while supporting area agencies at the annual “Girls Night Out.” The fundraising event is held from 5-7 p.m. at Twin Oaks Vineyard & Winery, located 6470 Highway F outside Farmington. In exchange for a $20 donation and an unwrapped toy or gift card, guests receive a free wine-tasting, soda, water and finger foods. The toys and gift cards support the Season of Hope, a program partially funded by United Way to provide gifts for St. Francois County children during the Christmas season. Additional funds are raised via a silent auction. Funds raised through Girls Night Out support the 30-plus agencies funded by the United Way each year.

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Live United & Ring United Please join hundreds of community members as part of the “ring crowd” who staff the kettles during the bell ringing season. Lots and lots of volunteers are needed to fill the approximately 1400 hours during November and December. Instructions on how to sign up can be found on page 9. If you’re a seasoned bell ringer, please invite others to sign-up for a couple hours. First-time ringers are very welcome. If you’re a business or community group, challenge one of your

community peers to ring. Parents and grandparents, teach your children and grandchildren about giving back to the community. School groups strut your stuff in your school colors, playing your musical instruments, sing carols for all the community to see.

Post It!

The United Way would be thrilled to have your bell ringing endeavors posted on Facebook to share with your family and friends.

Bell Ringing Kettle Campaign KICK-OFF Qdoba in Farmington – 5 p.m. on Nov. 17


Walmart in Farmington Schnuck’s in Farmington River Mart in Park Hills & Desloge Big Lots in Leadington Subway in Bismarck, Bonne Terre, Desloge & Farmington

Last year, as part of its community service curriculum, Mineral Area College’s Law Enforcement Academy cadets staffed the kettles for the highest number of hours by a single group.

Donate & Volunteer . . .

Every donation & volunteer hour matters The United Way counts on the generosity of people in our area to not only give a donation, but to give their time to ring the bells. Please consider a donation of time or money.

Since 1988, thousands of St. Francois County residents have staffed the United Way bell ringing kettles to benefit St. Francois County agencies that serve our neighbors in need.

Donate to the Kettles

On Saturday, Nov. 18,

2017 the bells start ringing! This year’s Bell Ringing Kettle Campaign continues through Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017. Drop your donations of cash or check (made payable the UW of SFC) at kettle locations or

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When & How to Sign Up

Groups: August and September are sign-up times for community members, businesses, civic organizations or clubs who schedule large blocks of time to ring as group. Individuals: Individuals who wish to ring the bell can begin signing up in October and November. Sign-ups continue throughout the bell ringing season. Online sign-ups are easy. See “Click” below.

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Call: Clay Whitener at 573315-6883.

Post your bell ringing photos to our Facebook page. Visit us at for more about the work of the United Way of St. Francois County.

Click: Then, click on Sign-Up Genius & follow the on-screen instructions. To sign up for a block of time, contact Clay at 573-315-6883.

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Businesses, civic groups, churches, families, and indi-

money raised from the Bell Ringing Kettle Campaign goes toward the annual grants to St. Francois County nonprofit agencies. Bell Ringing is a significant portion of the $180,000 to $200,000 funding awarded each year in grants.

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viduals can volunteer. To sign up, contact Clay Whitener, executive director of the United Way of St. Francois County, by emailing or calling 573-760-8929. All


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Get Involved & Make the Difference Often challenges can be robust opportunities. Like the traditional African saying, “It takes a village to raise a child,” it takes all of us to make St. Francois County a place where its residents live and thrive. For those living without the basic human needs like food, safety, shelter, and education, it’s a daily challenge. For others, those challenges are prime opportunities to make a difference. Consider giving a “hand up” rather than a “hand out” to benefit our county. Many ways exist for individuals, businesses and groups to “give back” in St. Francois County.

Giving: How do you give?

• Write a check. Donations are welcome any time. Make checks payable:

United Way of St. Francois County and mail to 739 E. Karsch Blvd., Farmington, MO 63640. • Donate by Credit Card or at our web site at: • Add a donation to your utility bill in Bonne Terre, Desloge, Farmington or Park Hills. • Ask your employer about giving through payroll deduction. • Volunteer to ring bells for an hour or more during the holidays. • Dine Out for the United Way . . . Thursdays and special events in September, October and November. • Invite a guest speaker to talk about United Way at your club or work place. • Leave a legacy through your estate planning.

Twenty-eight employees from the River Mart locations in Park Hills and Desloge took part in a "favorite cashier" contest in the summer of 2017. Customers were asked to vote for their favorite cashier as a way to raise money for the United Way of St. Francois County. A total of $5,016 was raised during the month-long event. Presenting the check to United Way of St. Francois County President Mark Toti is winner Taylor Uding, who raised $1,093. Also pictured are United Way Board members (from left) Teresa Bauman, Executive Director Clay Whitener, Jackie Berry and Dennis Smith. Other top employees were Michaela Belfield, Landon Hahn, Courtney Koop and Tyce Huck. River Mart expressed its thanks to the customers for helping make this fundraiser such a success.

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Who in St. Francois County was helped by an agency funded by United Way of St. Francois County in 2016?

Food Pantries

42,522 - People fed (some only once, others every month)

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Senior Centers

192,790 - Senior citizens meals served and delivered

Dental Care

15,000 + children received preventative or restorative treatment for their teeth since we began serving

Season of Hope

1,683 - Children received gifts at Christmas

Parkland Pregnancy Resource Center

2,094 – Individuals received care, support and education regarding sexual health, pregnancy and relationships

Salvation Army

285 - Individuals received assistance


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L.I.F.E. Center

1,388 – Individuals with disabilities received help

YFC Back to School Fair

475 - Children received school supplies

Children's Advocacy Center

58 - Children involved in abuse cases were helped



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UNITED WAY 2017 Saturday, September 30, 2017


Get Involved: The intangible rewards of volunteering are amazing! If you have an hour a month or a couple hours each week, consider helping at one of the St.


Francois County agencies. Most non-profit agencies need volunteers to be successful. Time commitments are varied. It could be a one-time event

such as unloading a food pantry food truck or helping organize a fundraiser. Other commitments could include helping with Meals on Wheels

delivery, office work, building projects, mentoring or serving meals. Almost anyone can volunteer---individuals, school groups, civic organizations,

businesses, retirees. Contact the agency of interest to you to learn about available volunteer opportunities. You will be glad you did.

Agencies Receiving Support from the United Way of St. Francois County in 2017



The food pantries provide food and services to qualifying low-income individuals and families who reside in St. Francois County. Contact East Missouri Action Agency (EMAA) at 573-431-5191 or 573-431-0103 to learn how to be certified for a variety of services. A household can be served once per month. Food pantry volunteers provide a friendly face, encouragement and helpful information about services in the area. *Bismarck Church of God Food Pantry 1101 Gifford Street, Bismarck, MO 63624 Phone: 573-734-6468 Open: 2nd & 4th Saturday of each month, 9-11 a.m.. *Bonne Terre Food Pantry/St. Vincent DePaul 15 St. Joseph Street, Bonne Terre, MO 63628 Phone: 573-358-2112 Open: Monday & Friday, 9-11 a.m. *Elvins Food Pantry 17 West Main Street, Park Hills, MO 63601 Phone: 573-518-1266 Open: Monday & Friday, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Caring Communities, located in the schools, serve students who experience obstacles which interfere with their chances to be successful in school—the need for glasses, dental and medical care, funding for supplies and educational needs, homelessness, etc. Contact the Caring Communities counselor for assistance during the school year.


Senior centers work to improve the quality of life of seniors by improving their emotional, nutritional and social well-being. Senior Centers serve clients 60 years of age or older by providing a noon meal at the center as well as meals delivered to home bound individuals. A variety of activities–such as exercise classes, educational classes, health screenings and social activities–are offered at each center. Inquire about specific activities at your local senior center. Volunteers are needed each week to pack meals, serve food and drinks, work the reception desk, do data entry, and provide meal delivery.

*House of Praise 6500 Dunn Road, Desloge, MO 63601 Phone: 573-631-7064 Open: Thursday only 7-11 a.m.

*Bismarck Senior Center 922 Center Street, Bismarck, MO 63624 Phone: 573-734-2429 Open: Monday – Friday, 6 a.m. – 2 p.m.

*Farmington Ministerial Alliance Food Pantry 4327 Show Place Drive, Farmington, MO 63640 Phone: 573-756-1917 Open: Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 9 a.m. – Noon

*Bonne Terre Senior Nutritional Center 114 North Allen Street, Bonne Terre, MO 63628 Phone: 573-358-3726 Open: Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.

*Farmington St. Vincent De Paul Food Pantry 404 E. Liberty Street, Farmington, MO 63640 573-756-0997 Open: Tuesday & Friday mornings, 9 a.m. – Noon

*Farmington Senior Center 607 Wallace Road, Farmington, MO 63640 Phone: 573-756-1376 Open: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

*Immaculate Conception Food Pantry 1020 West Main Street, Park Hills, MO 63601 Phone: 573-431-2427 Open: Friday mornings, 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

*Park Hills Senior Center 224 West Main Street, Park Hills, MO 63601 Phone: 573-431-4974 Open: Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.

*Bismarck R-5 Contact Carmen Barton, 573-734-6111 *Central R-3 Contact Kim Buckley, 573-431-2616 *Farmington R-7 Contact Marsha Petty, 573-701-1300 *North County R-1 Contact Amanda Sprinkles, 573-431-3300 *West County R-4 Contact Becky Yount, 573-562-7558


c/o Parkland Health Center, 203 W. Liberty Street, Farmington, MO 63640 Phone: 573-760-8188 Open: Deliveries Monday – Friday, Noon – 1 p.m. Serves Farmington residents recently discharged from the hospital or a care facility who require special diets for a short time or long term. Meals are delivered Monday through Friday within the Farmington city limits. Volunteers are needed. Because of the association with the hospital, volunteers must take a TB test and other vaccinations if they are not up to date or if immunity testing indicates it is needed for MMR or chicken pox.


Provides a variety of community-based services and resources addressing the mental health and overall well-being of individuals and communities who are impacted by mental illness.

EMAA functions as a catalyst within the community to empower economically disadvantaged individuals and families reach the highest possible level of success. EMAA provides various case management and social services, head-start education, housing assistance, and women’s wellness services. United Way funding supports essential services, such as food cards, basic household items for daily use, and air conditioners and fans.

1085 Maple Street, Farmington, MO 63640 Phone: 573-756-5353 Open: Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.- 7 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

CHILDREN’S ADVOCACY CENTER OF EAST CENTRAL MISSOURI 601 Maple Street, Farmington, MO 63640 Phone: 573-756-4148 Open: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

The Children's Advocacy Center of East Central Missouri works to improve the process of responding to allegations of child neglect and abuse. The center provides a family-friendly environment where children can be interviewed by trained staff to gather information to be used by law enforcement, judges, and other personnel to investigate the allegations. For more information about the Children's Advocacy Center, visit or to report abuse call the hot line at 1-800-392-3738.

P.O. Box 308, 403 Parkway Drive, Park Hills, MO 63601 Phone: 573-431-5191/431-0103 Open: Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.


725 E. Karsch Blvd., Farmington, MO 63640/ P.O. Box 967 Phone: 573-756-4314; 800-596-7273; 573561-1285 Open: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Assists eligible seniors and people with disabilities to live with confidence, independence and dignity. A variety of services are available, including critical independent living skills, career counseling, peer support, employment support, job coaching

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services, limited transportation services, and numerous resource people to serve individual needs. The agency is an advocate for disability rights and accessibility on the local, state and national level. For those who qualify, the Center can also assist with transitioning out of a skilled nursing facility and back into an independent setting, hiring personal attendants, accessing free or reduced-cost medication programs, acquiring ramps and home modifications, and the short-term loan of medical equipment.


P.O. Box 743, 403 W. Columbia Street, Farmington, MO 63640 Phone: 573-760-1702 Open: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Aims to provide a house to St. Francois County families that qualify, offering low monthly payments. Habitat also operates the ReStore at 712-C East Main Street in Park Hills, MO, where people can donate and purchase building supplies. ReStore hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.


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Agencies Receiving Support Continued From Page 13 PARKLAND FOSTER ADOPT FAMILIES SUPPORT GROUP


408 North Allen Street, Bonne Terre, MO 63628 Phone: 573-358-3512 or 573-631-0520 Open: Meetings are the last Monday of every month at 6:30 p.m. and usually last about 90 minutes. This group of foster, adoptive and concerned parents meets monthly to discuss concerns, share experiences, plan activities and discuss the business of the group. The group offers support, hope, and helps families trying to keep their children from going into foster care. United Way funding provides backpacks for children newly placed in foster care, offering essentials for the first night such as a toothbrush, comb, pajamas, underwear, bottles or diapers. The child entering foster care also receives a gift card for $50 to help purchase supplies. To find out more about becoming a foster parent, call the Children's Division at 573-431-6592 and ask for: Melissa Rouse, Stacy Holcomb or Christie Kemp.

Visions of Hope & Dress 2 Impress

117 E. Columbia Street, Farmington, MO Phone: 573-664-1711 Open: Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. & Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Web sites: and According to CDC statistics, there are approximately 1.5 million Americans living with autism who are under the age of twenty-two and their transition into adulthood has been termed an "Autism Tsunami." Visions of Hope’s desire is to provide local individuals the opportunity to fulfill their dreams of having a place to belong, learn new skills, make new friends and be able to give back to their community through volunteering and/or employment. Dress 2 Impress is an upscale resale venue offering workplace, dressy and boutique-style clothing for men and women. Dress 2 Impress is open to the public, and sales are channeled to Visions of Hope activities.

1101 Weber Road, Suite 202, Farmington, MO 63640 Phone: 573-760-0212 Open: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-noon, and 1-5 p.m.


815 East Main Street, Park Hills, MO 63601 Phone: 573-431-6001 Email: Open: Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and by appt. Web site: Provides services and programs including: free pregnancy tests and first-trimester ultrasounds, parenting classes, dad classes, HOPE (Healing Our Past Experiences) Support Group, resources for class participants, and CARE (Center for Adolescent Relationship Education) program for schools. Volunteers are needed to teach classes, mentor clients, work in the office, provide childcare at the center during classes and help clean the center.


Phone: 573-701-1300 ext. 2021 The Salvation Army requires referrals from other agencies in order to help individuals and families in need. Although the Farmington Salvation Army Unit is an extension of the Salvation Army Unit from St. Louis, the local unit has its own board and receives money from the United Way and from private donations or fundraisers. With referrals from other agencies, the Salvation Army helps St. Francois County residents with electric bills, food, rent, shelter, healthcare needs, and gas for emergency travel. The Farmington unit assists St. Francois County residents. A household can only receive assistance once a year.

Provides information and awareness related to children and families ranging from pre-natal through middle teens. The Season of Hope component is a countywide effort to provide approximately 1,400 less fortunate children with clothing and a toy during the holiday season. These children are referred from the county’s five school districts, Head Start Centers and Parents as Teachers.

ST. FRANCOIS COUNTY HEALTH CENTER 1025 West Main Street, Park Hills, MO 63601 Phone: 573-431-1947 Open: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Protects and promotes the health and welfare of St. Francois County residents by assessing community health needs to develop and implement programs which address health needs, disease prevention and education.


518 Grove Street, Bonne Terre, MO 63628 Phone: 573-358-2998 (Phone answered 7 a.m.-9 p.m.) Open: Seven days a week The county’s faith-based, donation shelter offers safe, temporary housing, as long as individuals have no active warrants, recent heinous infractions, or substance, drug or alcohol use. Applicants are subject to screenings and background checks. Shared Blessings educates about resources such as Social Security, workforce, Veterans services, vocational rehabilitation benefits and finding permanent housing. Volunteers are always needed.




P.O. Box 765, Farmington, MO 63640 Phone: 573-747-1705 Open: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

PO Box 465, Bonne Terre, MO 63628 Crisis Line: 800-663-9929 or Office: 573-358-3913 Open: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Shelter operates 24/7

2820 Anchor Drive, Farmington, MO 63640 Phone: 573-327-8010 or 855-944-KIDS Open: Tuesday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Students who meet income qualifications are served during the August Back-to-School Fair. Donations are needed to purchase school supplies and volunteers are needed to work the fair.

Provides shelter and comprehensive support services to victims of domestic and/or sexual violence. Community and prevention education is also provided.

Provides a full range of dental procedures to children aged 2-20 and pregnant women. The company primarily provides care to only MoHealthNet (Missouri Medicaid) patients. Children as young as 2 years old receive treatment in a comfortable and "fun" environment. Upward Smiles also focuses on preventative care education and sealant placements, which helps lower the number of decayed teeth in children.

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hours of bell ringing . . . and, so much more. Join in! Consider being a part of the United Way of St. Francois County this year. The Board:. The United Way is governed by a board of directors. Current board members are: President Mark Toti (KREI/KTJJ), Vice President Dennis Smith (St. Francois County Sheriff's Department), Secretary Kerry Glore (St. Francois County Treasurer), Treasurer Sue Evans (First State Financial Management), Jackie Berry (MAC adjunct), Theresa Bauman (River Mart), Laddie Cross (Southeast Economic Development Fund, Inc.), Kathy Dziewa (Long John Silvers/A&W), Laura McLean (Laura Belle Boutique), Tim Morgan (Chris Auffenberg Chevrolet), Harry Peterson (American Family Insurance), Ginger Pizzaro (Lemonade Stand Boutique), Shawnna Robinson (Farmington Press), Peggy Ropelle (Mineral Area College), Brice Sechrest (Williams & Sechrest P.C.) and Shelly Tate (Ozarks Federal Savings). Want to keep up on what’s happening with the United Way of St. Francois County? Be sure to “like” our page at Follow us for upcoming events, updates on the agencies served through the United Way and how you can be a part of making a difference in St. Francois County.

Current board members include (from left) President Mark Toti, Laura McLean, Vice President Dennis Smith, Jackie Berry, Shawnna Robinson, Theresa Bauman, Peggy Ropelle, Laddie Cross, Ginger Pizzaro, Kathy Dziewa, and Treasurer Sue Evans. Not pictured are Secretary Kerry Glore, Tim Morgan, Harry Peterson, Brice Sechrest and Shelly Tate.

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Its Mission: The basic mission of the United Way of St. Francois County, as stated in its by-laws, is to provide funding and support to non-profit agencies to help meet the most basic human needs of food, shelter, health, educational and social welfare services in St. Francois County. How It Works: The United Way is a non-profit organization that serves as an umbrella organization to raise funds throughout the county. It then distributes the funds to St. Francois County agencies that serve the needs of St. Francois County residents. The most recognizable United Way fundraiser is the “Ring the Bell Kettle Campaign” during the holiday season. A variety of other methods raise funds, including payroll deduction plans, utility bill donations, patron mailings and special events as Sing United, Girls Night Out and Dine Out Thursdays. Who is the United Way? The United Way is an incredible group of people who make a difference in St. Francois County! It’s you and it’s me . . . People who understand that donating resources—gifts of their money and time—is a kind-hearted, altruistic effort to improve the quality of life for our neighbors in need and, ultimately, St. Francois County. We give what we can, when we can, to make a difference in the lives of our neighbors. We understand no gift is too small, and, volunteering is a significant way to give back to the community. The United Way of St. Francois County is . . . *your church, civic or school group that “rings the bell” or organizes a United Way fundraiser *grandparents who “ring the bell” with your grandchildren to cultivate the spirit of giving *local businesses who make corporate gifts to support the United Way’s administrative fund *groups of friends who enjoy dinner and camaraderie on Dine Out Thursdays *participating in payroll deduction plans and utility bill donations *making donations via stock, life insurance policies or a bequest *remembering or honoring a friend or loved one with a memorial or tribute gift *volunteering your time and talents at a local non-profit agency *being one of 1,200 individuals who “ring the bell” during the 1300-1400


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From Bismarck to Bonne Terre; from Farmington to Frankclay; and from Leadington to Leadwood... The United Way of St. Francois County is at work helping those in need through the agencies it supports.

ST. FRANCOIS COUNTY OFFICEHOLDERS SALUTE OUR LOCAL UNITED WAY! Judge Sandy Martinez, 24th Judicial Circuit, Div. I Judge Wendy Wexler Horn, 24th Judicial Circuit, Div. II Judge Joseph Goff, 24th Judicial Circuit, Div. III Judge Shawn McCarver, 24th Judicial Circuit, Div. IV John D. Rupp, Drug Court Commissioner Jerrod Mahurin, Prosecuting Attorney Vicki Weible, Circuit Clerk Front row (l-r) Judge Sandy Martinez; Collector Pamela Williams; Clay Whitener; County Clerk Mark Hedrick; Judge Wendy Wexler Horn; Treasurer Kerry Glore. Back row (l-r) Sheriff Dan Bullock; Auditor Louie Seiberlich; Assessor Dan Ward; Judge Shawn McCarver; Recorder Steve Grider

Gary Matheny, Public Administrator Dan Bullock, Sheriff James Coplin, Coroner

Ma Mark Hedrick, County Clerk Lo Louie Seiberlich, Auditor Dan Ward, Assessor

Pa amela Williams, Collector Steve Grider, Recorder Kerry Glore, Treasurer

Our Local United Way... ay Making a differenc difference in the quality of life in St. Francois County.