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AIKW 23 – Marygrove

Episode 23 – Marygrove
Rose Crofford, Chief Operating Officer
Kelly Peplinski, Director of Intensive Needs
Mike Baer, Director of Transitional and Independent Living

2705 Mullanphy Lane
Florissant, MO 63031


Marygrove has a rich history of more than 165 years caring for children, teens and young adults, offering a safe and healing environment for its residents. The children and adolescents who are placed at Marygrove have often been through multiple, failed placements in other residential facilities or foster homes. Many come from abusive, violent and severely disruptive family situations; some come from failed adoptions; and, in a few instances, children are discharged from psychiatric hospitals directly to Marygrove. Most of the residents are diagnosed with behavioral and psychiatric disorders as a result of abuse and neglect. Without Marygrove’s services, these children and adolescents would face a future living in a much more restrictive environment.

The children and young Marygrove Arial revised adults at Marygrove live and grow up in a safe and nurturing environment, and they have an opportunity to heal in a stable, family-like setting. Professional caregivers provide structure while therapists provide an individualized treatment program and counseling to help each child overcome personal obstacles and establish responsible, attainable goals for the short and long-term future.

Marygrove is one of the largest therapeutic residential treatment programs in Missouri and is a new beginning for the 200 children and young adults served each day. Many arrive at Marygrove’s doors with immediate needs that include clean clothes, food and medical treatment. They receive all these things in addition to a safe haven and the nurturing and care of round-the-clock staff and therapeutic treatment from licensed, Masters-level therapists.

Today, through its broad spectrum of residential and community-based programming, including therapeutic residential treatment and foster care, transitional and independent living programs, crisis care, education and recreational therapy, family counseling, parenting education and mentoring Marygrove enriches the lives of over 1,000 young people each year.

As part of the Archdiocese of St. Louis we participate in the Annual Catholic Appeal.

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AIKW 22 – Voices for Children – CASA of St. Louis

Court Appointed Special Advocates
Interview with Steve Moergen, Executive Director
105 S. Central Avenue
Clayton, MO 63105

Since 1984, CASA Volunteers have been advocating for St. Louis’ children and youth. As the only Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA Volunteer) member program in St. Louis City and County, our CASA volunteers offer a stable voice on behalf of the regions 1,700 children and youth in foster care. The National CASA Association is a membership organization that supports and promotes court-appointed volunteer advocacy programs like Voices for Children so every abused or neglected child in the United States can be safe, have a permanent home and the opportunity to thrive.

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AIKW 21 – Saint Martha’s Hall – Domestic Violence Shelter

Interview with Jessica Woolbright, Children’s Program Coordinator
P.O. Box 4950
St. Louis, MO 63108
(314)533-1313 (Available 24/7)

St. Martha’s Hall is a not-for-profit agency, which provides a shelter care program for abused women and their children. Our mission is to help battered women and their children break the cycle of violence in their lives. In an attempt to accomplish this, we:
•offer an immediate, confidential safe place for abused women and their children to live;
•provide a supportive environment with a strong emphasis on peer support;
•implement a self-help philosophy to enhance self-esteem and decision-making skills;
•staff 24- hour crisis line;
•provide accurate information and referrals to abused women and their children and when appropriate to their abusers;
•provide advocacy services;
•provide individual crisis, group and family counseling;
•provide follow up support and
•offer community education to increase public awareness and understanding of domestic violence.

Strong emphasis is placed on peer support. Support groups with women in similar situations, facilitated by staff, encourage women to be aware of the dynamics of woman battering and their own worth, goals, options, and skills for being independent. The program tries to ensure community effort, cooperation, independence and support of the women and their children that reside here. The staff, volunteers, and Board of Directors of St. Martha’s Hall are dedicated to empowering women to live violence-free lives.

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AIKW 20 – Centerpointe Hospital West County Outpatient Programs

Monica Andrews, Program Manager
Baker Symes, Adolescent Therapist
Rob Cracchiola, Program Coordinator/Therapist
763 S. Ballas Road Suite 130
St. Louis, MO 63141
Adolescent Line: (314)292-7373
Adult Line: (314)7323

CenterPointe’s Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), in the St. Louis area, provides half-day or evening programming during which many patients can continue with daily responsibilities. Patients in this level of care have substantial family and environmental support in working toward continuing improvement and successful management of their disorders. CenterPointe offers intensive outpatient programs for adults and adolescents.

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AIKW 19 – Mothers Against Drunk Driving – MADD

Interview with Meghan Carter, State Executive Director, and Meagan Bowers, Program Specialist
Office: (314)426-1595
National Help Line: (877)MADD-HELP (877)275-6233

The mission of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is to end drunk driving, help fight drugged driving, support the victims of these violent crimes, and prevent underage drinking.

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AIKW 18 – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri

Interview with Kate Dopuch, Chief Program Officer

To ensure that children grow up with love, hope, and opportunity.

How We Serve
Our work is straightforward and dynamic. Our approach is unique in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America federation of over 300 affiliates. Today, our agency supports each young person, ages 5-25.

What We Do
Our day-to-day work is ever-changing but our commitment to helping young people build a better future is always consistent. We follow the best practices of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. We also support an active innovation laboratory partnering with local and national researchers and organizations to study and develop new models of mentoring and value-added support services.

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AIKW 17 – Kids In The Middle – Divorce Counseling & Resources

Kids In The Middle
Interview with Katy Walter, Chief Program Officer
Instagram: @kidsinthemiddle_stl
(314)909-9922 (ask to speak to a clinical coordinator)

Kids In The Middle empowers children, parents and families during and after divorce through counseling, education and support.

KIds In The Middle promises healthier futures for children of divorced families.

Kids In The Middle opened its doors in 1977, providing group counseling for children whose parents were separated, divorced or remarried. Since that time, our services have expanded to serving the whole family, including parents. Kids In The Middle has an unparalleled base of knowledge and relevant experience offering the most comprehensive, expert counseling in the field.

Kids In The Middle has a passion for helping children. Kids In The Middle knows that children of divorce adjust much better when they are able to share their feelings with other children. Kids In The Middle also know that children cope more effectively when their parents are involved. By working with parents, Kids In The Middle helps them settle themselves emotionally and learn how to help their children. Most importantly, Kids In The Middle help parents reduce conflict, communicate and co-parent to provide their kids with safe, loving homes. Parents need not have been married to utilize our services.

Families come to Kids In The Middle not only during the divorce process. They also find the services helpful even after many years have passed. Kids In The Middle provides a safe, confidential and objective place for children and parents to work through family transition issues.

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AIKW 16 – Children’s Service Fund

Interview with Emily Koenig, Executive Director
Behavioral Health Response (BHR) Hotline Numbers
(314)628-2929, or
Text 4HLP to 31658

Starting in 2005 and continuing over the next couple of years, many communities across Missouri experienced reduced funding in mental health and substance use treatment services for children and youth due to budget cuts at the state and federal level. Recognizing the needs of children and families in St. Louis County, a coalition of committed local nonprofit agencies and community supporters decided to address the growing problem.

An independent needs assessment was commissioned which provided the data St. Louis County voters needed to support the initiative. Using Missouri State Statutes RSMo 67.1775 and 210.861, which allowed local communities to create a community children’s service fund for ten specific behavioral health service areas through a referendum, the St. Louis County Putting Kids First Campaign was launched in 2008.

Putting Kids First, also known as Proposition 1, passed on November 4, 2008 with a resounding 62% of St. Louis County voters’ approval.

Today, St. Louis County Children’s Service Fund (CSF) is the largest children’s service fund in the state of Missouri, generating approximately $42 million annually through a quarter cent sales tax.

Since the first allocation in 2010, CSF has invested over $300 million in local nonprofits and governmental agencies to provide behavioral health services for children and youth in the county. Through collaboration and partnership, CSF ensures children and youth have the support and resources they need to achieve their potential.

The Children’s Service Fund’s Mission:
To improve the lives of children, youth, and families in St. Louis County by strategically investing in the creation and maintenance of an integrated system of care that delivers effective and quality mental health and substance abuse services.

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AIKW 15 – Mentor Program of St. Louis County Court

The St. Louis County Circuit Court has recognized the value and need for positive role model interaction with adolescents who are under the Court’s supervision. By becoming a Mentor, you can help a young person make a successful transition into adulthood.

A Mentor is an adult, (21 years of age or older) who is willing to listen, give support, and spend quality time with a youth age 12-16 on a consistent basis. Through demonstration, instruction, and encouragement, a Mentor works with the youth to develop their self-esteem, positive attitudes, and socially appropriate behaviors.

Interview with Marlon Chambers (Mentor Program Specialist), Rod Scott (Mentor) and “Martin” (Mentee).

To volunteer, or for more information about the Court’s Mentor Program, call (314)615-4400.
Visit our website for more information:

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AIKW 14 – Clark-Fox Family Foundation

Samantha Stangl, Programs Manager

Founded in 2004, the Clark-Fox Family Foundation supports the growth and prosperity of the St. Louis metropolitan region through research, program development and investments in PK-12, higher education, public health, immigration, social justice and racial equity, community leadership, and entrepreneurship. The Foundation prioritizes programs and investments that empower the end user and leverage each other for broader access and greater impact for our children and community.

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