T.O.P. Club “Affordable Housing” Video

Pagedale Family Support Center

Our Community Building work originally focused on the St.
Louis County municipality of Pagedale.  In 2002, city officials there
invited us to work with them. Today, we positively touch more than 1,000
lives there each year.

  • We have built 90 new homes in Pagedale, including 20 in the Mary
    Louise Estates, named after Pagedale Mayor and resident, Mary Louise
    Carter.
  • We provide financial and volunteer resources to help hundreds of other homeowners repair and rehab their properties.
  • Our Pagedale Family Support Center is a hub for neighborhood
    activity, training programs, youth programs, and other support services.

An Individual Development Account program is helping residents build wealth for the future.

Our economic development efforts produced a new grocery store which opened in 2010, generating jobs and attracting more investment to benefit the entire community.

Programs and Services available at the Pagedale Family Support Center:

Adult & Family Programs

  • Monthly Food Pantry: second Thursday of each month
  • Computer Lab
  • Referrals for Counseling and Job Opportunities
  • Educational/Employment Search Assistance
  • Workshops and Training Opportunities
  •  Back to Schoolapalooza: annual provision of school supplies to Beyond Housing and Pagedale residents
  • Kutz for Kidz: Beyond Housing and local area barbers team up to provide free haircuts to the children of the Normandy School District so they are looking good for the first day of school

Youth Programs

Beyond Housing After-School Program
The BH After-School Program encourages academic success, leadership and social skill development and conflict resolution as well as community involvement.  Students receive homework help and hot meals daily.  Ages 5-17 welcome.

The facility offers a computer lab, a children’s library, a playground with artificial turf surface and football and baseball fields.

 

A major component of the After-School Program is the Teen Outreach Program or T.O.P. Club.  Teens engage in holistic self-development activities and practice leadership skills by implementing projects to benefit the community.  T.O.P. Club members have:

 

 

  • CreatedAffordable Housing: a video funded by Bike & Build about the availability of affordable housing and it’s impact on families and communities;
  • Provide vital input in organizing the Red Ribbon Celebration Parade;
  • Implemented “The Crate Project”: an art project that transformed a 10 foot wooden crate into a donation center for newborns…109 items were collected and given to the Nurses for Newborns program;
  • Developed “Stop Bullying”: an artistic presentation aimed at heightened awareness of the impact and consequences of bullying;
  • Instructed community residents on how to make great tasting, inexpensive granola at the Destination: Healthy Community Festival
  • Gathering school supplies for students in Africa.

 

 

 

 

 



Red Bird Rookies Youth Baseball League

Red Bird Rookies was formed to allow kids to play baseball FREE of charge.  This special league, sponsored by Cardinals Care, provides kids with uniforms, gloves, bats, balls and other equipment as well as extensive off-field support in the areas of health, education, mentoring, and cultural arts.

 

 


The Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools Summer Program

Inspired by the Freedom Riders of the Civil Rights Movement, this program seeks to combine study, positive self-imagery and lots of time-on-task to broaden horizons and prevent summer learning-loss.  For six weeks every summer, local youth are treated to a nationally recognized literacy program that starts every day with a routine so uplifting that guests find it difficult to leave.  Our young Freedom School Scholars read at least 60 hours of culturally relevant literature and hands-n literacy activities.  They also refine their social consciousness and leadership skills by designing and implementing a Social Action Day project based on themes provided by the national CDF organization.