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5261 Delmar Blvd Suite 202

Saint Louis, MO 63108

OUR PROGRAMS

PROJECT CONNECT

Nationwide, more than two million children have a parent who is in prison. Prison can be life changing, not only for those incarcerated, but also the children that are left behind.  The impact of this reality on children is devastating and requires a proactive approach to address the social, emotional and academic needs of this underserved segment of our community.  Children with incarcerated parents have unique needs.  If we don't intervene with innovative ways to help children cope with the trauma, emptiness, fear and stigma associated with having a parent in prison, the impact can be devastating.

 

Parental incarceration is now considered an "Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE)", Community Response will work to lessen the trauma these children face by providing trauma informed mental health support groups and individual and family counseling to children and their caregiver.  Project Connect provides a circle of supports for chidren focusing on empowering them socially, emotionally and academically and working with their incarecerated parent to understand how to support and parent their child from within confines of jail/prison.

 

The mission of "Porject Connect" is " to build resilient chldren who are empowered to succeed academincally emotionally and socially by providing opportunities for parents and caregivers to understand and support the whole child".

 

"Project Connect" includes:

  • Roundtrip transportation to  select Missouri correctional facilities/prisons

  • Weekly support groups for children and their caregivers

  • Individual/family counseling

  • Mediation/Co-parenting support

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT US!

Fostering Homeownership

Fostering Homeownership

“A Rental to Homeownership Program”

 

Fostering Homeownership provides housing and support services to former foster youth, military veterans and small families with a history of housing instability.  We are committed to providing these deserving groups with the knowledge, resources and supports needed to realize the American dream of homeownership.

 

We Believe that Homeownership:

 

  • Should be a reality for all Americans, including former foster youth, military veterans and those who have been homeless.

  • Generational renters and those with a history of housing instability can become successful homeowner, when given the right supports.

  • Can be the vehicle for financial stability and wealth building.

  • Strengthens families and communities

Fostering Homeownership participants will receive:

 

  • A energy efficient, completely renovated home in one of several Saint Louis County communities

  • A lease agreement 18 months or less, in agency leased housing (renters will pay an average of 10% less than comparable rents for area rental homes)

  • Case Management support (A Housing Coach/Life Advocate) aimed at addressing barriers to homeownership (social, financial, mental health, etc.)

  • Home buying education and support (credit repair, down payment assistance, mortgage education/support, etc.)

 

Community Response is committed to working with Saint Louis communities to rehabilitate and transform vacant properties to energy efficient and updated homes for our neighbors in need.  To learn more about “Fostering Homeownership”, give us a call.

therapy services

Barbara McGhee, MSW, LCSW, MPH is responsible for managing the mental health and supportive services for clients in Community Response programs.  Ms. McGhee holds a Bachelor degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Central Missouri State University and Master degrees in Social work and Public Health from Saint Louis University.  She is a Licensed Clinical Social worker and Certified Hypnotherapist.  She received training from Alive and Well STL, in order to provide trauma responsive workshops to individuals and agencies.  Ms. McGhee is a trauma-certified mental health professional, and is able to incorporate her knowledge of trauma, with a variety of therapeutic interventions that are intended to provide a sense of physical, psychological and emotional safety to those affected.  Ms. McGhee understands that unmet mental health challenges directly relates to a person's ability to achieve personal, academic and career goals.

Community Response participants can take advantage of the following mental health services:

  • Individual/Family Counseling

  • Support Groups

  • Group Counseling; and

  • Hypnotherapy

Ms. McGhee believes in an individualized and creative approach to therapy.  Therapy services blend a variety of techniques that keep children and adults engaged in the therapeutic process and excited about their journey towards mental wellness.

For more information, contact Ms. McGhee at 314-402-2126 or email us at Director@communityresponsestl.com

Veterans are twice as likely to become chronically homeless than other Americans.

Community Response is able to provide community based housing options, with mental health supports, former foster youth and military veterans.

Community Response has operated successful transitional housing services for over sixteen years.

We offer the support services that improve outcomes, including mental health supports, life and/or social skills instruction, money management, financial literacy, employment assistance, case Management and home ownership education.

About 1.4 million veteran are considered at risk of homelessness due to poverty, lack of support networks, and dismal living conditions in overcrowded or substandard housing.

The Housing Reality of Former Foster Youth

  • Over 25, 000 foster youth exit care annually in America.

  • Foster youth often have limited resources with which to secure safe and stable housing. 

  • Foster youth lack the safety net of family and friends to fall back on when things get tough.

  • Former foster youth often "couch surf" and frequently move.
     

Community Response is changing the reality to one of housing stability and home ownership!

Veterans Housing Program

 "Proudly Supporting our American Heroes"

  • ABOUT 11% OF THE ADULT HOMELESS POPULATION IS VETERANS

  • THE US DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT ESTIMATES THAT ON ANY GIVEN NIGHTS, OVER 39,471 VETERANS ARE HOMELESS

  • COMMUNITY RESPONSE PROVIDES VETERANS THEIR OWN ONE-BEDROOM APARTMENT, OR A SHARED TWO BEDROOM APARTMENT

  • COMMUNITY RESPONSE PROVIDES MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORTS FOR PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS

  • VETERANS WILL RECEIVE JOB READINESS ASSISTANCE, LIFE/SOCIAL SKILLS TRAINING, FINANCIAL LITERACY INSTRUCTION, AND HOUSEHOLD MANAGEMENT INSTRUCTION

  • SELECT PARTICIPANTS WILL HAVE AN OPTION OF WORKING TOWARDS HOMEOWNERSHIP BY PARTICIPATING IN OUR FOSTERING HOME OWNERSHIP PROGRAM.

There are currently over 2 million female veterans in the United States.

Therapy Services

"We DON'T just address housing, we address the mental health challenges that are oftentimes barriers to housing stability". Barbara McGhee, Executive Director

It is a known fact that mental health barriers impact those affected, in their personal and professional lives.  If not addressed, mental health challenges can hinder success and can directly impact ones ability to obtain and maintain housing, leading to homelessness.

 

Barbara McGhee is a trauma-certified licensed clinical social worker, with decades experience working with populations most likely to experience homelessness.  Ms. McGhee will oversee the mental health component. While our rental and "Fostering Homeownership" programs address the basic need of housing/shelter, we assist our program participants by providing them with the knowledge, skills and supports that will drastically reduce the potential for future homelessness.