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Pathways to Progress

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Brian Thouvenot

on 25 July 2018

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Transcript of Pathways to Progress

Pathways to Progress
2014: Children in Poverty
A Different Approach: Pathways to Progress
2-4 Year Commitment vs. 'Band-Aid' Approach
Evaluation of Every Family Member vs. Focus on One Individual
Connecting Families to Resources for Long-Term Stability vs. Only Filling Immediate Needs
Building Skills & Assets vs. Assuming Families Will 'Figure it Out'
Community Advisory Council Provides Feedback & Expertise vs. Going it Alone
Collaborative Approach vs. Individual Agency Efforts
Outcomes Tracked by St. Louis University & University of Notre Dame
Stable Home Environment
Employment Needs are Met
Health (Physical & Mental) Needs are Met
School Attendance Rates Improve
Children's Test Scores Improve
Emergency Funds Established
A Sense of Community and Hope for the Future
Imagining Something Different
$19 Trillion Spent by Federal Government Over 5 Decades
92 Federal Anti-Poverty Programs
2015: 43.1 Million Americans Living in Poverty
2015: 13.5 % of Population
1% Higher than 2007, the Year Before the Great Recession
Unexpected Financial Hit
No Transportation, Job Lost
Utilities Unpaid, Services Cut
Stress Increases, Children Lose Focus,
Grades Suffer
Rent Unpaid, Eviction
Emotional Trauma, Loss of Hope
A Family, Hanging on...
Current Members Enrolled
51 Families
129 Children
Legal barriers removed
Job leads, including job fairs
Advice for education
Very resourceful, even if they don’t know something they can say, “start here.”
A new apartment that I’ve never had in my entire life!
Future Enrollment
FY2019 At least 100 families
250 children

Missouri: 21.3%
St. Louis County: 13.7%
Children Under 18: 30,191
Ages 5-17: Increased 25.1% Since 2008
Jefferson Co., St. Charles Co., St. Louis City all Higher than 2008
4.1% More Children Receiving Food Stamps & Cash Assistance than 2008
St. Louis Co. Needs Assessment
Unmet Needs
Shelter Services
Family Services and/or Need to Involve Family Dynamic in Service Delivery Model
Barriers to Implementing New or Enhanced Approaches
Funding of New Approaches
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