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Epworth Wins 2011 BBB TORCH Award
Epworth Children & Family Services of Webster Groves, Mo., is among two charities and 10 businesses who are winners of TORCH Awards for exceptional ethical business practices and customer service from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) Serving Eastern Missouri and Southern Illinois.
Epworth, a BBB Accredited Charity that has been serving the needs of children since 1864, works with foster children to re-establish their links with family and to find and nurture them to meet their life goals, said Kevin Drollinger, executive director.
Epworth received a $20,000 grant from YouthBridge to aid in a campaign to raise endowment funds to match the $375,000 gift of an anonymous donor. The campaign will also raise $250,000 to address immediate repair needs in Epworth’s Transitional Living Program building in University City.
''The confidence expressed by the Youthbridge investment in Epworth is wonderful and energizing. We are looking forward to using the additional resources to add vigor to our goal achievement and deepen our organizational strengths. This funding will allow Epworth to increase endowment funds, be more responsive to community needs and assist at-risk youth well into the future,” said Drollinger.
Right Place, Right Time
It’s one thing to hear about the many needs of our community, it’s another when you can get a personal glimpse into the positive impact that an organization can have on a person’s life. Three St. Louisans shared those success stories with Ladue News.
Donovan Mooney was living from couch to couch when he was introduced to Epworth’s Independent Living Program. Just 18 years old, he had been kicked out of his house because of issues with his mom and had no permanent place to stay, despite working three jobs. Epworth provided Mooney with a place to stay and the stability that he was searching for. “If I didn’t have the program, I don’t know where I’d be,” he says. “I didn’t know where I was going or what I was going to do with my life.”
Hundreds Turn Out for United Hebrew’s 'Day of Service’ www.jewishinstlouis.org
College prep for dropoutsstlamerican.com
United Way funds foster care initiativestlamerican.com
Polo match to benefit Epworthwebsterkirkwoodtimes.com