Raising a kid isn’t easy. And neither is trying to get your feet on the ground financially. Doing both at once is an overwhelming task for many St. Louis families — but Grace Hill is here to help. Focused around our Head Start centers and Community Hubs, Grace Hill’s family support network offers wrap-around services that build capacity and lead to economic stability.
Grace Hill’s family support network offers wrap-around services that build capacity and lead to economic stability
Each Head Start and community center has case managers who work closely with families on connecting them to the services they need. Our support services and partners make sure that families are stable as they pursue their long-term goals. Our Economic Advancement efforts bring together key partners to leverage resources for the children, families and communities we serve. At the Water Tower Hub, a financial institution (St. Louis Community Credit Union), a job training center (Connections to Success) and a business development center (our Women’s Business Center) are co-located to provide opportunities wherever one falls on the economic ladder.
Together, they represent a strong, intentional system of supports that empower families to succeed, in turn empowering their children and communities.
Poverty, at its core, centers around a lack of economic assets — and oftentimes a lack of opportunities to gain them. As Grace Hill served more and more low-income families through its Head Start program, it needed to facilitate real pathways for families to establish long-term economic sustainability. As we grow, our ability to impact the economic conditions of our communities becomes much stronger — and necessary for families to exit the cycle of poverty.
Grace Hill continues to work with partners like the Credit Union, Connections, Rise Community Development, and the City of St. Louis on such efforts. We are building corporate partnerships at potential job placement sites like Aramark that show great economic development promise. And we are exploring models like the Center for Working Families to implement best practices around tying it all together.