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Care Service adapts to meet clients’ need during COVID-19 pandemic

The Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service is continuing to meet the needs of food-insecure families and individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic, thanks to the generosity of community members and some necessary distribution changes.

During these difficult times, the care service has:

  • Adopted curbside pick-up to continue to meet the nutritional needs of 125 food-insecure families while following social distancing guidelines.
  • Collaborated with churches, community agencies and St. Charles County schools to help feed the families of students identified by school counselors as the most vulnerable. As of April 9, the Care Service had contributed 10,000 pounds of food — $3,900 in canned and dry goods from our inventory and $5,200 of purchased food to contribute to the effort. The agency says it is committed to providing staff and a truck to transport food from the St. Louis Area Food Bank for this program weekly while needed.
  • Strategically placed food boxes that will be replenished weekly in St. Charles, Warren and Lincoln counties so unsheltered homeless will have access to food when agency staff is unable to see them.
  • Planned a diaper/wipes giveaway for late April/May.
  • Aided in locating temporary housing for the homeless during this crisis, working in close collaboration with the Continuum of Care and the St. Charles County Health Department.
  • Pledged $5,000 to the hotel fund for area homeless individuals and families.
  • Provided $500 in seed money to set up a transportation program for those who may become infected and need transportation to shelter.
  • Supplied a registered nurse to assist with phone check-ins with the homeless placed in shelter.
  • Established food drop-off for any ill homeless who are sheltering in hotels with food that is specialized for their conditions.
  • Continued to provide case management, with the ultimate goal being housing, to any homeless individuals who want it.

Area residents who wish to assist in these efforts can:

  • Make a cash donation to Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service. All cash donations made to a charity are eligible for a $300 tax credit through the CARES Act. Visit https://donorbox.org/jacaresdonation.
  • Make a food donation. A shopping cart located at the front entrance of the Care Service, 4116 McClay Road in St. Charles, is available for drop-offs.
  • Purchase a Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service T-shirt from Shirt Kong. The shirt will ship for free and $10 from every shirt sold will be donated to the Care Service to help with its COVID-19 Relief Effort. The Care Service is asking residents who purchase a shirt to share on social media a picture of them in the shirt with Sts. J&A Care Service tagged in the photo.
  • Check out our Amazon wish list and contribute directly through the online retailer.

“We are hard at work ensuring our people do not fall through the cracks, and every day brings a new challenge,” Pam Struckhoff, executive director of Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service explained. “The Care Service was founded to serve those in crisis, and I am determined that we will continue to be there for them over the weeks and months to come — when they may need us more than ever before.”

Recently, Smart Advisor ranked St. Charles as the second most generous counties in Missouri. St. Louis scored a 65.2 index in the category of Most Generous Places, while St. Charles came in a close second at 57.7.

To find the most generous places, Smart Advisor looked at two factors: how much people donate as a percentage of their net income, and the proportion of people in a given county who made charitable donations.

Learn more about the study at smartadvisormatch.com.

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