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2011 Annual Report
U R B A N L E A G UE O F ME T R O P O L I TA N S T. LOUI S , I N C .
201 1 IN REVIEW
EMPOWERING COMMUNITIES
THROUGH
DIVERSITY
TABLE
F CONTENTS
URBAN LEAGUE OF METROPOLITAN ST. LOUIS, INC. 2011 IN REVIEW
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MISSION / VISION / STRATEGY
CHAIRMAN’S MESSAGE
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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
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HISTORY / MILESTONES & TIMELINE
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2010 PHOTO GALLERY
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ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT
1 7 EDUCATION QUALITY & EQUALITY
1 9 MEETING FAMILIES’ BASIC NEEDS CIVIC ENGAGEMENT
& SOCIAL JUSTICE
2 2 FEDERATION OF BLOCK UNITS
2 6 URBAN LEAGUE GUILD
2 7 NULITES
2 3 YOUNG PROFESSIONALS
2 9 2010 DEVELOPMENT BOARD AND COMMITTEES 3 8 E MPLOYEES
4 0 FINANCIAL REPORT
OUR VISION
OUR STRATEGY
THE VISION OF THE URBAN LEAGUE OF
METROPOLITAN ST. LOUIS, INC. IS THAT
AFRICAN AMERICANS AND OTHERS IN
THE ST. LOUIS REGION WILL HAVE THE
OPPORTUNITY TO CREATE ECONOMICALLY
SELF-SUFFICIENT LIVES IN COMMUNITIES
THAT ARE FLOURISHING WITH OPPORTUNITY
AND GROWTH.
THE URBAN LEAGUE WILL ADVOCATE FOR AND
EMPOWER AFRICAN AMERICANS AND OTHERS
IN METROPOLITAN ST. LOUIS BY PURSUING
THE FOLLOWING PRIORITIES:
ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT:
Empowering all people in attaining economic selfsufficiency through job training, good jobs,
homeownership, entrepreneurship and wealth
accumulation.
EDUCATIONAL QUALITY AND EQUALITY:
Ensuring that all of our children are well-educated
and prepared for economic self-reliance in the 21st
century through college scholarships, early
childhood literacy and Head Start.
OUR MISSION
THE MISSION OF THE URBAN LEAGUE OF
METROPOLITAN ST. LOUIS, INC. IS TO
EMPOWER AFRICAN AMERICANS AND
OTHERS THROUGHOUT THE REGION IN
SECURING ECONOMIC SELF-RELIANCE,
SOCIAL EQUALITY AND CIVIL RIGHTS. THE
URBAN LEAGUE WILL BE THE CATALYST
FOR THIS CHANGE THROUGH ADVOCACY,
COALITION BUILDING, PROGRAM SERVICES
AND BY PROMOTING COMMUNICATION
AND UNDERSTANDING AMONG DIFFERENT
RACES AND CULTURES.
MEETING FAMILIES BASIC NEEDS:
Providing basic needs to stabilize disadvantaged
families in order to benefit our communities.
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT AND SOCIAL JUSTICE:
Promoting and ensuring our civil rights by actively
working to eradicate all barriers to equal participation
in all aspects of American society, whether political,
economic, social, educational or cultural.
SUSTAINABLE QUALITY SERVICES:
Continuing to build upon the administrative
strength, reputation and fiscal capacity of
the organization in order to provide excellent
services to our clients.
URBAN LEAGUE OF METROPOLITAN ST. LOUIS / 2011 YEAR IN REVIEW
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CHAIRMAN’S MESSAGE
BY DEBRA DENHAM
IN 2011, THE URBAN LEAGUE CONTINUED ITS
SUCCESSFUL 94-YEAR LEGACY OF EMPOWERING
COMMUNITIES AND CHANGING LIVES IN THE
ST. LOUIS METROPOLITAN AREA. WE ADDED
GRANTS TO OUR MEETING BASIC NEEDS,
ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT, CIVIC ENGAGEMENT
AND SOCIAL JUSTICE PROGRAMS TOTALING
$4,910,743 IN NEW BUDGET DOLLARS TO
SUPPORT OUR WORK IN THESE AREAS.
This past year, the Urban League received a $3,826,778
contract from the State of Missouri to administer
the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
(LIHEAP) for the City of St. Louis. LIHEAP helps lowincome persons pay their heating bills during the winter
months and prevents their electricity from being turned
off during times of extreme summer heat. In addition,
the Kemper Foundation donated $75,000 to support
the food pantry and other emergency services for the
Urban League’s Meeting Basic Needs clients. The Dana
Brown Foundation also donated $25,000 to support the
League’s community outreach programs in 2011.
Since 2009, the Urban League Community Healthmobile
has served more than 3,500 residents with free basic
medical tests and flu shots. The mobile health screening
unit travels to various events and sites to provide
underserved populations with vital medical screenings.
Last year, BJC donated $10,000 and UPS contributed
$7,500 to diminish ethnic health disparities in the Urban
League’s client population.
The Urban League’s Economic Empowerment programs
empower African Americans and others in the St. Louis
metropolitan area to achieve economic self-sufficiency
and wealth accumulation by offering programs that
provide ladders out of poverty to its participants. To this
end, homeownership and employment are important keys
to securing economic self-reliance for disadvantaged
persons. In 2011, the Urban League received a $595,000
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grant from Fannie Mae to open the St. Louis Mortgage
Help Center to provide free education and counseling
services to struggling homeowners facing foreclosure.
Additionally, the League also received new housing
grants from the National Urban League, Neighborworks
America, Affordable Housing Trust Fund, St. Louis
County Government, Bank of America, State Farm
Insurance and the U.S. Department of Housing and
Urban Development. In a monumental turn towards
serving diverse populations, the Urban League received
a $40,000 grant from HUD in partnership with the
International Institute to provide housing advocacy and
educational services for limited English speakers.
In 2011, the League received funding from Emerson,
USBank, Enterprise Holdings, Inc., Illinois Department
of Commerce & Economic Development and Southwest
Airlines to support its Jobs for Missouri Graduates,
employment services, Digital Divide and Business
Training Center programs.
2011 was truly a year of challenge, success and promise
for the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, Inc.
and its constituents. I would like to thank the Board of
Directors, Urban League President and CEO James H.
Buford and the management team for their dedicated
leadership, insightful guidance and loyal service to the
movement. I would also like to thank the donors, civic
organizations, corporations and philanthropists that
help us to serve more than 50,000 persons in the St. Louis
metropolitan area annually. Finally, I also commend the
staff and the many volunteers of Urban League for their
daily support.
URBAN LEAGUE OF METROPOLITAN ST. LOUIS / 2011 YEAR IN REVIEW
PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
2011 WAS A TUMULTUOUS YEAR OF CHALLENGE
AND CHANGE FOR THE URBAN LEAGUE OF
METROPOLITAN ST. LOUIS, INC. AND FOR
SOCIETY AS A WHOLE. THE RISING UNEMPLOYMENT
RATE LAID WASTE TO MANY HOUSEHOLD
INCOMES AS THE AMERICAN MIDDLE CLASS
CONTINUED TO DWINDLE. DESPITE THIS, THE
UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IN THE ST. LOUIS AREA
DECREASED TO 8.7% IN NOVEMBER 2011 FROM
A RECORD HIGH 10.5% IN DECEMBER 2009.
HOWEVER, THE CHALLENGES PERSIST DUE TO
THE FACT THAT THE AFRICAN AMERICAN
UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IS STILL HIGH AT 15.8%.
FORECLOSURES ALSO REMAIN HIGH IN THE
STATE OF MISSOURI WITH OVER 22,000 HOMES
LOST IN 2011. FOR NEARLY 94 YEARS, THE URBAN
LEAGUE OF METROPOLITAN ST. LOUIS, INC. HAS
WORKED STEADILY TO PROVIDE THE NECESSARY
SERVICES TO THOSE WHO HAVE THE MOST
NEED: 50,000 DISADVANTAGED AFRICAN
AMERICANS AND OTHERS LIVING IN ST. LOUIS
CITY, ST. LOUIS COUNTY AND ST. CLAIR COUNTY,
ILLINOIS.
BY JAMES H. BUFORD
Currently, the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis,
Inc. is the fourth largest affiliate with a $20 million budget
and a roster of 195 dedicated employees. I would like
to thank our Board of Directors and Chairman Debra
Denham for their hard work and invaluable service to
the League. I’d also like to thank our volunteers the
Federation of Block Units, Urban League Young
Professionals, the Urban League Guild and the NULITES
for their steadfast support of the Urban League of
Metropolitan St. Louis’ mission to empower communities
and change lives.
Last summer, the National Urban League held its 101st
Convention in Boston, Massachusetts with the theme
“Jobs Rebuild America,” giving voice to the special concerns
of unemployed Americans in urban communities of
color whom have greatly suffered during the great
recession. 2011 also marked a monumental year due
to the grand opening and dedication of the Dr. Martin
Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, DC. This
memorial is the first monument in U.S. history placed
on the National Mall to honor an African-American who
never served as president. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
was a great man who stood for justice and equality
and believed in the power of diversity to empower
communities to succeed. It is with great pride that
I honor Dr. King’s legacy with the dedication of this
year’s Annual Report to “Empowering Communities . . .
Through Diversity.”
URBAN LEAGUE OF METROPOLITAN ST. LOUIS / 2011 YEAR IN REVIEW
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OUR HISTORY
THE URBAN LEAGUE OF ST. LOUIS WAS
FOUNDED IN 1918, DURING A TIME OF
DOMESTIC AND FOREIGN CONFLICT
WITH THE PURPOSE OF DEFUSING RACIAL
TENSIONS, STABILIZING COMMUNITIES,
AND IMPROVING THE LIVING CONDITIONS
FOR AFRICAN AMERICANS IN ST. LOUIS.
To meet this challenge, the Urban League, under
the leadership of George W. Buckner, began the
serious work of providing community services
and solutions to African Americans and others in
need. Although the Urban League of Metropolitan
St. Louis began as a social services organization,
it has evolved to include economic empowerment,
educational quality and equality, meeting families
basic needs, civic engagement and social justice,
and sustainable quality services.
Today, the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis
provides ladders out of poverty for African
Americans and others through partnerships with
corporations, community leaders, governmental
and civic institutions.
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THE URBAN LEAGUE IN THE ST. LOUIS REGION
MILESTONES AND TIMELINE
National Urban League is founded in New York City, NY.
1917
An infamous deadly race riot occurs in East St. Louis, Illinois. Black
workers and migrants are attacked resulting in 39 deaths, hundreds
wounded, and thousands left homeless. The U.S. Department of War
quickly created the Urban League of East St. Louis to help calm the
situation. St. Louis voters approve a segregation ordinance.
An interracial group of St. Louis citizens organizes the Urban League of
the St. Louis Provident Association. George W. Buckner becomes first
Executive Secretary of the Urban League of St. Louis. The Urban League
establishes a day nursery. Blacks are segregated, often poor and with
the lowest-paying jobs. They attend the oldest, most crowded schools,
and have the highest poverty, sick and death rates. The agency’s
name would later be changed to the Urban League of St. Louis.
1922
1950
The city of St. Louis experiences an unprecedented increase in the African
American population – 109,000 in 1940 to 154,000 in 1950. As a result,
The Urban League advocates a community-wide program to meet
the overwhelming problems (substandard housing, unemployment,
inadequate health and welfare services) faced by the black community.
William E. Douthit becomes Executive Director of the Urban
League of St. Louis as M. Leo Bohanon retires
1968
1932
Homer G. Phillips Hospital, a hospital built to serve African Americans,
opens with the support of the Urban League of St. Louis.
M. Leo Bohanon succeeds John T. Clark as Executive Secretary of
Urban League of St. Louis. In the post-war years, St. Louis was
going through a period of change. During this period, the Urban
League of St. Louis shifted its focus from preparing clients for jobs
in domestic service to jobs in business and industry.
1951
1918
Urban League operates a school for disabled black children and a
free dental clinic. Gordon H. Simpson, becomes Executive Secretary.
The Urban League takes a comprehensive approach to community
service and problem solving. Urban League becomes a member
of the Community Fund (later to become the United Way).
Federation of Block Units was created as an auxiliary to the Urban
League of St. Louis to unify neighborhoods and stabilize housing values.
Additionally, the Federation provided services to accommodate the growing
migration of African Americans to St. Louis City. John T. Clark leads
the Urban League of St. Louis during the Great Depression.
1937
1910
1954
Laws passed in 1963, 1964 and 1968 changed the way the Urban
League worked with the corporate community and clients. Douthit
reorganizes the Urban League of St. Louis to meet challenges and
opportunities coming from social and economic climate.
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1910
1917
1918
1922
1932
1937
1950
1951
1954
1968
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1971
1979
1985
1986
1987
1998
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2007
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1971
The Urban League opens an office in the all-black St. Louis county municipality of Kinloch.
The Urban League of St. Louis and St. Clair County (Illinois)
merge, becoming the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, Inc.
1985
James H. Buford becomes the sixth president. With this change in
leadership, the Urban League undergoes reorganization to meet change.
The Urban League receives a charter to establish the Urban League Guild.
1987
2003
The Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, Inc. receives a fivestar rating from the National Urban League, becoming the top
ranked affliate.
The Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, Inc. shifts main focus
to Economic Empowerment and Equality.
2007
2001
The Urban League opens its fourth Head Start Center located in
Jennings. The center completes the Schnucks Building rennovation
and is connected to St. Louis County Operations.
The Urban League expands its St. Clair County Division by opening
a 14,000 square foot facility as part of the East St. Louis Housing
Authority Social Complex. The larger location allows this division to
expand its basic needs and training services.
2004
1998
The Urban League reinstitutes its link with young professionals with the
introduction of the Urban League Young Professionals, formerly ProYa.
The Urban League partners with YWCA to deliver Head Start Services
in St. Louis City. Vice President of Communications position created
to direct the Urban League’s public relations and marketing needs.
Urban League relocates its St. Louis County Operations to the newly
rennovated Schnucks Building on 8960 Jennings Station Road.
2002
1986
The Board of Directors creates the first youth auxiliary, the Progressive
Young Adults (ProYA).
The Urban League redefines service areas into three service regions,
(St. Louis County Region, St. Louis City Region and St. Clair County
Region). A Chief Operating Officer position was created to oversee the
team of vice presidents who manage the service regions.
2000
1979
2005
The Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, Inc. hosts more than
10,000 attendees at the 2007 National Urban League Conference
in St. Louis. The Urban League receives Better Business Bureau
accreditation.
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PHOTO
GALLERY
ST. LOUIS RAMS CHEERLEADER JESSICA, RIGHT TACKLE ADAM GOLDBERG, AND GUARD HARVEY DAHL TAKE A
BREAK DURING THE 17TH ANNUAL RAMS / SCHNUCKS THANKSGIVING DINNER GIVEAWAY AT THE URBAN LEAGUE.
AMBER SIMPSON, MICHELLE BAST AND VICKI BALLENGER, OF USBANK,
GATHER AT THE AT-HOME READING KICKOFF CELEBRATION AT URBAN
LEAGUE HEAD START.
BARBARA BOWMAN, UL VICE PRESIDENT OF DEVELOPMENT AND ANGELIA BILLS, UL VICE PRESIDENT OF
COMMUNICATIONS JOIN INTERNATIONAL GOSPEL RECORDING ARTISTS, DONALD LAWRENCE, MARVIN
SAPP, KAREN CLARK SHEARD, SHIRLEY CAESAR AND CECE WINANS AT THE VERIZON HOW SWEET THE
SOUND CONCERT HELD RECENTLY IN 2011.
UL CEO JAMES H. BUFORD, ST. LOUS COUNTY EXECUTIVE CHARLIE DOOLEY, ST. LOUIS MAYOR FRANCIS
G. SLAY, UL BOARD CHAIRMAN DEBRA DENHAM, AND FANNIE MAE VICE PRESIDENT JEFF HAYWARD AT THE
GRAND OPENING OF THE LEAGUE’S NEW FANNIE MAE MORTGAGE HELP CENTER.
UL BOARD CHAIRMAN DEBRA DENHAM, OF BJC, ACCEPTS THE GAVEL
FROM FORMER UL BOARD CHAIRMAN STEPHEN C. JONES, OF
ARMSTRONG TEASDALE.
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ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT
THE URBAN LEAGUE STRIVES THROUGH ECONOMIC
EMPOWERMENT PROGRAMS TO HELP THOSE
CLIENTS READY FOR THE NEXT STEP TO MAINTAIN
AND IMPROVE THEIR ECONOMIC CIRCUMSTANCE.
PROGRAMS FOCUSED ON MAINTAINING OR
ACHIEVING HOME OWNERSHIP, COMPUTER
SKILLS TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT READINESS
AND PLACEMENT SERVICES ALL STRIVE TO
EMPOWER SUSTAINABLE IMPROVEMENTS IN THE
ECONOMIC ASPECTS OF OUR CLIENT’S LIVES.
EMPLOYMENT
THE URBAN LEAGUE’S EMPLOYMENT SERVICES
PROGRAM PROVIDES FREE JOB SKILLS TRAINING,
EMPLOYMENT REFERRAL AND CAREER FAIRS TO
LOCAL RESIDENTS.
Employment services hosted three career fairs in 2011.
In an effort to address some of the economic crises
experienced by homeowners, two of the three fairs were
held in conjunction with our Housing Resource Fairs.
The first career fair was held in May 2011 in partnership
with the City of Florissant and the James J. Eagan Civic
Center. The second career fair occurred in June 2011
in partnership with Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist
Church. The Fall Career Fair was held at the Heman
Park Community Center. Throughout the year the
Employment Department offers various employment
services to job seekers and weekly job readiness workshops
on various topics that include résumé writing, interviewing
and strategies for completing online applications.
The employment program is sponsored by the United
Way, Enterprise Holdings Inc. and US Bank.
BUSINESS TRAINING CENTER
THE BUSINESS TRAINING CENTER SERVES AS
ONE ASPECT AMONG OUR MANY SERVICES.
THE CENTER OFFERS 10-WEEK COURSES
THAT TEACH BASIC COMPUTER SKILLS AND
MICROSOFT OFFICE SUITE SOFTWARE.
WE FOUND THAT SMALLER CLASSES AIMED AT
GETTING PARTICIPANTS FAMILIAR WITH THE
PC AS AN INTRODUCTION TO RECOGNIZED
SOFTWARE CERTIFICATIONS CONTRIBUTED TO
HIGHER COMPLETION RATES. OF THE STUDENTS
THAT BEGAN THE 10-WEEK TRAINING SESSION
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FOR INDUSTRY-RECOGNIZED CERTIFICATIONS,
OVER 90% FINISHED OR IMPROVED THEIR
COMPUTER SCORES BY 25% OR BETTER.
Computer literacy training is a badly needed resource
in low-income communities. These courses are directly
linked to our Employment Department as testing software
that incorporates other basic office skills together with
computer skills to further help clients in obtaining
gainful employment.
The Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, Inc. Business
Training Center operates in three agency locations: 3701
Grandel Square, 8960 Jennings Station Road and 1401
E. Broadway in E. St. Louis, Ill. Support for the Business
Training Centers is provided by the William R. Orthwein,
Jr and Laura Rand Orthwein Foundation, Emerson and
the Illinois Department of Education and Commerce.
HOUSING COUNSELING
NANCY NOELKER IS A RESIDENT OF SOUTH ST.
LOUIS CITY. SHE HAD BECOME DISABLED. AS
A RESULT, SHE WAS UNABLE TO WORK. HER
INCOME DECREASED BY MORE THAN 50%. SHE
CURRENTLY IS ON A FIXED INCOME FROM
SOCIAL SECURITY. FOR THE PREVIOUS 9-12
MONTHS SHE FELL BEHIND ON HER MORTGAGE
AS A RESULT OF HER HARDSHIP. IN WORKING
WITH HER SERVICER, FROM A HOUSING
COUNSELING PERSPECTIVE, WE INITIATED
A REVIEW FOR LOAN MODIFICATION. BASED ON
THE AFFORDABILITY AND OTHER RATIO MEASURES,
SHE DID NOT QUALIFY. DURING THE PROCESS,
SHE BATTLED HEALTH AND STRESS, FOR THE
UNCERTAINTY OF WHETHER SHE WOULD BE
ABLE TO KEEP HER HOME, GREW MORE EACH DAY. Just recently, in October, she had a sale date, while her
loan was under review. During the counseling process,
we informed her of her options (both home retention
and liquidation options). Her main intent was to keep
her home, because she had spent most of her life there. One of the options that we offered to Ms. Noelker was
a HECM or reverse mortgage, since she is a senior. Her home had adequate equity based on the research
we did. We provided Ms. Noelker with (4) referrals to
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The next issue was time. We had to stop or postpone
the sale to allow time. On the day of the sale, the
investor allowed the sale to be postponed, as a result of
the intervention from the Urban League. The time of
the postponement allowed Ms. Noelker enough time
to close her HECM loan. She closed on her loan last
month. She is able to remain in her home. As a sidebar,
throughout the whole ordeal, she kept her home in
excellent condition, which worked to her benefit. The Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis’ has been
a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
(HUD) Certified Local Housing Counseling Agency
since 1968 and during the past year continued to meet
the housing needs of the region. Unemployment and
underemployment continue to plague homeowners and
the mortgage industry. Urban League housing counselors
continue to assist homeowners who were struggling to
keep their homes.
As a result the Urban League hosted two Housing
Resource Fairs in 2011. The agency partnered with
the City of Florissant and Friendly Temple Missionary
Baptist Church to provide homeowners with the
opportunity to speak face to face with their lender.
Organizations such as GMAC, Bank of America, Fifth
Third Bank, Regions Bank, Wells Fargo, Citi, US Bank,
St. Louis Realtors Association the Small Business
Administration all participated to provide assistance
to struggling homeowners. Counseling agencies such
as Catholic Charities, Better Family Life, Beyond Housing,
Clearpoint Credit Counseling and West End Mount
Carmel provided counseling services in conjunction
with Urban League housing counselors.
The agency realizes that the housing crisis continues
to require synergic partnerships and collaborations.
In 2011, the Urban League in partnership with Fannie
Mae opened a Mortgage Help Center in Clayton, MO.
The center provides foreclosure prevention counseling
services to Fannie Mae borrowers across the country
and in the St. Louis Metropolitan Area. The Urban
League of Metropolitan St. Louis is the only affiliate
with this relationship and links the agency to one of the
largest mortgage servicers in the country. Another new
partnership established in 2011 includes the International
Institute to provide HUD activities and education to
individuals with limited English-speaking abilities.
ERIC MADKINS, UL HOUSING DIVISION OPERATING OFFICER
AND CLIENT NANCY NOELKER
and the impact of reaching out to individuals that need
these vital services.
In addition, the Urban League and HUD launched the
Emergency Home Loan Program for homeowners that
experienced financial hardships in an effort to prevent
foreclosures. The Urban League was one of a few agencies
in the State of Missouri to accept applications.
The Urban League has partnered with Better Family
Life, Beyond Housing and Catholic Charities to form
the St. Louis Alliance for Homeownership Preservation.
The Alliance has been recognized by the National
League of Cities winning the “Silver Award,” and is
funded through the Affordable Housing Commission,
City of St. Louis.
In addition, the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis
is the lead organization for the Metro St. Louis
Foreclosure Intervention Task Force. The Task Force
consists of over 100 members from banking, government,
educational institutions, the legal community, housing
counseling agencies and residents, whose mission is to
decrease foreclosure in the St. Louis region.
Housing Counseling Services are also supported by the
National Foreclosure Mitigation Counseling Program,
HUD Housing Counseling Program and the Affordable
Housing Trust Fund.
This new relationship will help to bring critical services
to refugee’s relocating to the St. Louis area. The Urban
League is excited to embark on these new relationships
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FA NNI E MA E MO R TG AG E H E L P C E N T E R
ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT
FANNIE MAE CENTER IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE
URBAN LEAGUE OF METROPOLITAN ST. LOUIS
PROVIDES FREE EDUCATION AND COUNSELING
TO LOCAL HOMEOWNERS FACING HARDSHIP
In September 2011, the Urban League of Metropolitan
St. Louis joined with Fannie Mae to open the St. Louis
Mortgage Help Center to provide free education and
counseling services to struggling homeowners. The
St. Louis center is one of twelve Fannie Mae Mortgage
Help Centers to open across the country, and is part of
Fannie Mae’s ongoing effort to ensure that homeowners
facing foreclosure understand their options, have access
to assistance and receive timely resolutions. The center
is located in Clayton, Mo.
The St. Louis Mortgage Help Center offers one-on-one
consultations in person or over the phone with
experienced housing counselors to review mortgage
loans and financing options, explain the range of
options available, and help borrowers apply for loan
workouts and other alternatives to foreclosure. Services are
offered in both English and Spanish and are available
to residents in the entire St. Louis region.
“The housing crisis has hit neighborhoods in St. Louis
hard, and we know that many homeowners need
assistance,” said Jeff Hayward, Senior Vice President,
National Servicing Organization, Fannie Mae at an open
house event to launch the Center. “Any homeowner
with a Fannie Mae loan who is having difficulty paying
their mortgage should reach out for help, and they
should reach out as soon as possible. The Help Center
counselors will look at each loan individually with the
goal of finding a solution that will help the homeowner
avoid foreclosure.”
“The Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, Inc. is
proud to partner with the Fannie Mae Mortgage Help
Center. Through this initiative, the help center will offer
an excellent opportunity for struggling St. Louis residents
to find the help they need to maintain their homeownership,”
says James H. Buford, president and C.E.O. of the Urban
League of Metropolitan St. Louis, Inc. St. Louis Mayor
Francis G. Slay and St. Louis County Executive Charlie
Dooley joined Fannie Mae and the Urban League of
Metropolitan St. Louis to open the Help Center.
“Owner-occupied housing is vitally important to the
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stability of our City’s neighborhoods,” said Slay.
“We should do everything we can to keep our residents
in their homes. I’m glad that the Urban League is
partnering with the Fannie Mae Mortgage Help Center.
I hope this partnership provides St. Louisans the help
they need to stay in their homes.”
In addition to providing counseling and access to
mortgage education and financial literacy resources,
the Mortgage Help Center staff helps homeowners
coordinate with their mortgage servicers and ensure
an efficient response time. The Center also helps to
combat mortgage fraud and abuse in the St. Louis area.
or forbearance. Those who are not able to stay in their
homes may be eligible for a foreclosure prevention solution
such as a short sale or deed-in-lieu of foreclosure that can
reduce the impact on the homeowner and the community.
The free services offered by the Mortgage Help Center
are available for families who have a mortgage owned
by Fannie Mae. Homeowners can determine if Fannie
Mae owns their loan by visiting www.fanniemae.com/
loanlookup or by contacting Fannie Mae at 1-800-7FANNIE.
The Mortgage Help Center is available by appointment
only and homeowners wishing to schedule a visit or
a phone appointment should call the toll-free number
1-866-442-9375.
Overall, about 60% of the borrowers that have been
helped at Fannie Mae’s Mortgage Help Centers across
the country have been able to stay in their home. This
is done through tools such as mortgage modifications
F U T U R E F O R WA R D
WEATHERIZATION PROGRAM
MIA MARSH HEARD ABOUT THE URBAN LEAGUE
HOME WEATHERIZATION PROGRAM FROM HER
SISTER WHO HAD BEEN THROUGH THE PROGRAM IN 2010. AFTER RECEIVING A WEATHERIZATION FLYER IN HER LACLEDE GAS BILL,
MIA DECIDED TO TAKE ACTION. “I AM ALREADY
SEEING A BIG DIFFERENCE ON THE 2ND AND
3RD FLOORS. THEY ARE MUCH WARMER THAN
BEFORE. I’VE ENCOURAGED NUMEROUS OTHERS TO APPLY.” The St. Louis community has reaped big environmental
benefits and significant life quality improvements of
low and moderate income residents resulting from the
success of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis in
administering the federal government’s major infusion
of funds for weatherizing homes over the last two years.
Under the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment
Act (Stimulus), the Urban League received $19.4 million
to weatherize homes in St. Louis City and County –
dramatically ramping up the size, scope and timetable
of a program the League had successfully administered
for 15 years.
By quickly creating key strategic alliances with minority
and majority-owned businesses, community groups,
the region’s utilities, and others, the Urban League
has helped residents significantly reduce energy use
while greatly improving their safety and comfort. The
program provides permanent and sustainable energy
improvements for low-to-moderate income families,
particularly the elderly, disabled persons and families
with children.
This program has already created sustainable environmental
improvements for approximately 2,400 homes and will
complete weatherization of over 3,000 homes (homes,
apartments and senior centers) by March of 2012.
The League successfully weatherized seven homeless
shelters in the St. Louis metropolitan area serving
women and children, allowing those shelters to redirect
precious resources to other critical services.
The Urban League has skillfully and creatively increased
its exposure to hundreds of thousands families/households though its partnerships. For example, both
Ameren and Laclede Gas helped make the program
known to an additional 150,000 residents through bill
inserts during 2011 alone.
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MIA MARSH, UL WEATHERIZATION CLIENT
In the process, the League has also created more than
50 living wage jobs (re-employing many laid off in the
construction trades), educated residents about efficient
energy use, maximized use of Missouri businesses
(using furnaces made in Missouri, for example), and
achieved a high level of minority business participation.
Further, the League ensured high quality and “the most
bang for the taxpayers’ buck” by building and training a
team of BPI-certified energy auditors.
Weatherization, or adding energy efficiency measures
to your home, helps conserve heat, maintain temperature
and provide a safe and healthy living environment.
SIZE OF FAMILY UNIT/
ANNUAL GROSS INCOME
1 ........................
2 ........................
3 ........................
4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . .
5 ........................
6 ........................
7 ........................
8 ........................
EACH ADDITIONAL MEMBER ADD
$21,780
$29,420
$37,060
$44,700
$52,340
$59,980
$67,620
$75,260
. . . $7,640
FREE SERVICE TO HOMEOWNERS OR RENTERS
WHO QUALIFY.
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WORKFORCE INVESTMENT ACT AND JOBS FOR MISSOURI GRADUATES
ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT:
TIMOTHY BECAME A PARTICIPANT OF
THE YOUTH SERVICES DIVISION IN
2000 THROUGH A PARTNERSHIP THE
LEAGUE HELD WITH FATHER DUNNE
BOYS’ HOME THAT HOUSED DISPLACED YOUNG MEN.
Timothy had been staying at Father
Dunne’s as a result of his home life being
unstable. At the time, Timothy was a
young man that held a GPA of 0.075, and
had no interest in school. It took a team of
Urban League case managers that worked
diligently to find ways to motivate him.
Several counseling, mentoring and tutoring
hours were dedicated to help Timothy
to understand that it was important for
him to do well in life, and that he did not
have to be a product of his environment.
During this time, Timothy was exposed
to several post-high school options and
was also part of a group of youth that was
taken to Jefferson City to observe the
Missouri General Assembly debating on a
bill. Over the years, his grades improved
and so did his outlook on life. In 2004,
Timothy graduated from North County
Technical School but did not pursue any
post-high school options that his case
manager (Brad Tillis) had explained to
him, opting to instead work dead-end jobs.
It wasn’t until 2006 when Timothy informed
his case manager that he had been thinking
of joining the Air Force. Timothy was
encouraged to strive for what he wanted,
but it wasn’t until mid 2006 when he
finally enrolled at St. Louis Community
College – Forest Park Campus where
he began taking classes, during which
time he also held a job as a transporter at
Barnes Jewish Hospital. But Timothy was
still not stable. At times, his phone was
not working, and he had since moved from
Father Dunn’s home, this also caused a
lot of migration. His interactions with his
case manager and other members of the
team finally led Timothy to make a decision
to transfer to another college where he
could also secure housing on campus.
Timothy was encouraged to pursue this
avenue because it was the most stable for
him, and he could also learn from being
among other youths from another state,
and so he finally decided to go away to
college. Timothy was accepted to Tennessee
State University where he studied Nursing
and held a job at Nashville International
Airport. On December 17, 2011 Timothy
graduated from Tennessee State University
with a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing.
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WORKFORCE INVESTMENT ACT AND JOBS FOR MISSOURI GRADUATES
ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT:
WORKFORCE INVESTMENT ACT:
YOUTH SERVICES (WIA)
WIA PROVIDES CAREER COUNSELING AND
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES TO IN-SCHOOL
AND OUT-OF-SCHOOL YOUTH. THE URBAN
LEAGUE IS A MEMBER OF THE ST. LOUIS WIA
CONSORTIUM AND A PARTNERING AGENCY
AT THE MISSOURI CAREER CENTER, A WIA
YOUTH SERVICES CONTRACTOR FUNDED BY
THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES.
IN 2011, WIA PARTICIPANTS BOASTED A 90.53%
GRADUATION RATE.
Last year, over 300 Workforce Investment Act (WIA)
and Jobs for Missouri’s Graduates (JMG) in-school
youth participated in the School-to-Business partnership
program operated by the Urban League. The partnership
program is an extended classroom instruction tool that
helps WIA and JMG students understand the connection
between education and careers. Students attend
monthly coaching sessions and rotate to a different
corporation every year. The following companies and
school districts are paired for the 2011/2012 school year:
The AT&T Company – Ritenour and Riverview Gardens
School Districts; The Boeing Company – FergusonFlorissant and Normandy School District; The Four
Seasons Hotel – Kirkwood, University City and Webster
Groves School Districts; Monsanto–Jennings and
Hazelwood School Districts.
The Urban League Youth Services Division was awarded
the opportunity to serve 200 youth for the 2011 summer
youth employment program. The Summer Youth
Employment program has been a beneficial component
to the lives of many youth served. Many times, youth
participants have never held a job and don’t have
adequate knowledge of an employer’s desirable employee.
Program participants learn how to get to work on
time, learn to work and also learn to understand their
responsibilities as an employee. The summer program
affords youth with an opportunity to acquire knowledge
of a desirable career path as in the case of Chikwudi and
other program participants.
Chikwudi was a program participant that graduated
from Riverview Gardens High School in 2007. The Summer
Youth Employment Program provided him with an insight
to obtaining a successful career. After graduating
from high school Chikwudi enrolled at Alabama A&M
University were the League helped to pay for his tuition.
While pursuing his degree he worked a summer
internship job with AT&T downtown St. Louis. Chikwudi
went on to complete the requirements to obtain a
Bachelor of Computer Science degree (Magna Cum
Laude) in 2011 and was hired by the Boeing Company
in Huntsville, AL.
The School-to-Business partnership program served as
a pilot program for seven years under the leadership of
the late Ken Fobbs at AT&T. This level of generosity
afforded the Urban League with an opportunity to
adequately measure the intangibles. It was through the
AT&T School-to-Business partnership program that the
League’s Youth Services Division was able to determine
the significance of the School-to-Business program
because it helped youth understand the importance
of education, and then make the connection between
education and careers. Today, the Urban League Youth
Services Division has expanded the program because of
the impact it has had on youth.
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JOBS FOR MISSOURI GRADUATES
(JMG)
JOBS FOR MISSOURI GRADUATES IS A
NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED YOUTH EMPLOYMENT
AND DEVELOPMENT TRAINING PROGRAM FOR
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS. THE JMG PROGRAM
IS CURRENTLY OPERATING IN FOUR AREA HIGH
SCHOOLS IN THE ST. LOUIS REGION (MCCLUER,
MCCLUER NORTH, MCCLUER SOUTH BERKELEY
AND NORMANDY HIGH SCHOOLS) AND AN
ADDITIONAL SITE IN KANSAS CITY THAT IS
MONITORED BY THE URBAN LEAGUE OF
METROPOLITAN ST. LOUIS. DESPITE BUDGET
CUTS, THE JMG PROGRAM RECEIVED GREAT
SUPPORT FROM PARTNERING SCHOOL
DISTRICTS, SOUTHWEST AIRLINES, SAINT LOUIS
COUNTY GOVERNMENT, THE DEPARTMENT OF
WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT (DWD) AND JAG
NATIONAL IN 2011.
The Induction and Installation (I&I) Ceremony was held
at the St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley
Campus. Students took their oath of offices for President,
Vice President of Leadership Development, Vice
President of Social Awareness, Vice President of Career
Preparation, Vice President of Community Service,
Secretary, Treasurer, Historian, and Parliamentarian.
Witnessing the swearing in of the officers was the
Superintendent for Ferguson Florissant School District,
Dr. Art McCoy. The guest speaker for the event was
Ulysess Drewberry of Husch Blackwell L.L.P. He talked
to our youth about education, following your passion
and being the best you can be.
Writing. Students were also able to gather information
from vendors on post-secondary education, Training
and Employment. Participating vendors were Applied
Technology Services, Harris-Stowe State University,
Metropolitan Training Alliance, Ranken Technical, St.
Louis Community College, St. Louis Job Corps, The
Spot, University of Missouri-St. Louis and United
Parcel Services.
In 2011, the Urban League Youth Services Division was
nominated for the Non-Profit Growing Green Award
by the U.S. Green Building Council - Missouri Gateway
Chapter for the 2009 green construction corps that was
a collaborative effort with the St. Louis Carpenters Joint
Apprenticeship Training Program and Habitat for
Humanity - St. Louis during the ARRA summer
program of 2009. The Youth Services Division was
invited by the South County Business Chambers to
share its best practices of the School-to-Business program.
Subsequently, the Youth Services Division has extended
its WIA services to include Kirkwood and Bayless
School Districts.
The JAG National Student Leadership Conference was
held November 17-20, 2011 in Washington D.C. Twelve
(12) students traveled to the national conference with
sponsorship from Southwest Airlines. Amber Nunn
{McCluer} and Demantheo Smith {McCluer North}
competed in the Employability Skills Competition while
Ashley Thompson {Normandy} and Johnathan
Williams {McCluer} competed in Public Speaking.
Urban League Specialists Cornelius Robinson and Roderic
Marshall served as facilitators at the conference and
were awarded for their great work and participation.
The 5th Annual JMG Career Development Conference
was held at Herbert Hoover Boys and Girls Club.
In addition to students participating in Informational
Sessions {Financial Aid, The College Enrollment
Process, Health and Wellness and Interviewing 101},
they also competed in Employability Skills, Math,
Chapter Yearbook and banner, Public Speaking and
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HEAD START SUCCESS
AT URBAN LEAGUE HEAD START, WE
ENROLL THE ENTIRE FAMILY WHEN
WE ENROLL A CHILD. FAMILY SERVICE
STAFF WORK CLOSELY WITH FAMILIES
FROM THE TIME OF APPLICATION
THROUGH THE CHILD’S TRANSITION
INTO KINDERGARTEN TO HELP THEM
IN ACHIEVING THEIR OWN EDUCATIONAL
AND ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT.
For one family, Urban League Head Start
is helping mom achieve her goal of college
graduation while her child receives the
social and academic preparation in a head
start classroom needed to enter kindergarten
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ready to succeed. Amy Thomas is currently
a full-time student at UMSL’s School of
Social Work and as part of her course
work she is completing her practicum
with the Jennings Head Start Center.
She now is assisting other parents in the
center to enroll their children and is
helping to empower them to also meet
their goals. Amy is scheduled to graduate
in May of 2012. We are proud to have amy
as a parent and as a part of our family
services team at Urban League Head Start.
Her commitment to her child and her
family inspires us all!
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H E A D S TA R T
EDUCATIONAL QUALITY & EQUALITY:
URBAN LEAGUE HEAD START (ULHS) IS A
COMPREHENSIVE EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
PROGRAM THAT PROVIDES SERVICES FOR
CHILDREN AGES 3-5 YEARS AND THEIR FAMILIES.
A SPECIAL FOCUS IS PLACED ON SCHOOL
READINESS: EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION,
FAMILY AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT, AND
HEALTH SERVICES. ULHS IS IN ITS 11TH YEAR
OF PROVIDING DIRECT SERVICES TO CHILDREN
AND FAMILIES AS A DELEGATE OF THE YWCA.
HEAD START ANNUAL PROGRAM
PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
FUNDED ENROLLMENT
726
NUMBER OF CHILDREN SERVED
The program has over thirty-three degreed teachers
in early childhood education, child development or a
related field and fifty-four teacher assistants. Funds are
made available for child development staff to pursue
bachelor’s degrees in early childhood education.
836
ULHS places significant emphasis on the involvement
of parents in the program. It encourages parents to
become active participants in their children’s learning
by volunteering in the classroom and serving on Head
Start committees. Staff and parents work in partnership
to help children succeed.
CHILDREN WITH CONTINUOUS
ACCESS TO DENTAL CARE
ATTENDANCE
80%
739
NUMBER OF CHILDREN WHO
RECEIVED DENTAL TREATMENT
85
CHILDREN UP-TO-DATE ON AGE
APPROPRIATE WELL CHILD CARE
773
CHILDREN UP-TO-DATE
ON IMMUNIZATIONS
830
CHILDREN WITH IEPS SERVED
84
NUMBER OF SINGLE PARENT FAMILIES
737
COMMUNITY SERVICES REFERRALS
223
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EDUCATIONAL QUALITY AND EQUALITY
SCHOLARSHIPS
VAUGHN CULTURAL CENTER
The Urban League understands the importance of getting
a good education and offers support to local students
through the Leslie, B.T. Hurt and UMB William Robinson
Memorial scholarship programs. These scholarships
are designed to provide financial assistance to students
pursuing their post- secondary education. In 2011, the
Urban League awarded over 20 new scholarships to
students attending academic institutions across the
country. With the addition of the new awardees, the
Urban League provided over 30 students with scholarships
in 2011.
The Vaughn Cultural Center sponsored 10 events
during 2011. Among the five art exhibits presented, the
most popular exhibit featured the work of Sisters in
Stone, a group of women who craft exquisite jewelry
from ordinary material. The stunning beauty of the
jewelry amazed and fascinated the hundreds of people
who saw the exhibit, which ran from October through
December. Other art exhibits featured the works of Sue
Pittman and Milton Holmes. Several authors introduced
their latest publications, including Christine McCoy,
Cyrano Allen, and Lady Bea. Off site, the Vaughn
sponsored a performance by the St. Louis-based smooth
jazz trio, 3 Central.
EDUCATION COMMITTEE
The Education Committee of the Urban League provides
program oversight and supportive activities to the
Education programs offered by the agency. Each year
the committee’s dedication and commitment to quality
education are demonstrated through various activities.
In June 2011, the committee sponsored its Annual
Educators Luncheon which included a panel presentation
and representation from over sixteen(16) K-12 school
districts, three universities, College Summit and College
Bound. The committee also participated in a college
campus visit sponsored by the University of Missouri for
over 20 students.
2011 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
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MEETING BASIC NEEDS SUCESS
NEELISHA BRISON IS A 100-NEEDIEST
CASES CLIENT WHO WAS INTERVIEWED
AND SUBMITTED THROUGH THE ST
CLAIR COUNTY DIVISION. HER CASE
WAS ADOPTED FOR THE CHRISTMAS
2011 PROGRAM. SHE IS A SINGLE
PARENT OF FOUR YOUNG CHILDREN
AND ACCORDING TO MS BRISON, ” HER
FAMILY HAD A CHRISTMAS EXPERIENCE
OF A LIFETIME.”
The family was overjoyed when an
extra-large utility trailer arrived at her
apartment, filled to the brim. As people
started unloading boxes after boxes,
furniture items, and bicycles, Neelisha
and the children began to scream,
cry and smile. Neelisha really had an
appreciation of the Christmas spirit, as
she didn’t know what she was going to
do for her family for Christmas on her
limited fixed income. She said the look
on her kids faces just made her cry as
the items came into the apartment.
Urban League staff person, Larry Gardner
who assisted with the presentation of
the gifts was just about as overwhelmed
as was the family at viewing the magnitude
of outpouring of gifts extended to them,
and at the true excitement of this family.
“It was a sight to behold.” Ms. Brison
is very grateful, and says she felt loved.
She also said, “She was surprised that
there are people still out there that
really do have a heart to support the
community.”
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MEETING FAMILIES BASIC NEEDS
TAMEKA DAVIS WAS A RECURRING CLIENT AT
THE URBAN LEAGUE OF METROPOLITAN ST.
LOUIS’ CITY DIVISION OFTEN USING THE
EMPLOYMENT AND BASIC NEEDS SERVICES
PROGRAMS. DUE TO DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES,
TAMEKA APPLIED FOR UTILITY ASSISTANCE
THROUGH THE LIHEAP PROGRAM. IN ADDITION
TO UTILITY ASSISTANCE, TAMEKA WAS HIRED
AS A RECEPTIONIST AT THE URBAN LEAGUE
HEADQUARTERS. “I REALLY ENJOY WORKING
FOR THE URBAN LEAGUE BECAUSE IT IS A GREAT
ORGANIZATION,” SAID TAMEKA.
THE URBAN LEAGUE LEAPS
INTO LIHEAP
In October of 2011, The Urban League of Metropolitan
St. Louis was chosen to receive a contract for nearly
$4 million from the State of Missouri Family Support
Division to serve as vendor of the Low-Income Home
Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) for the City of St.
Louis and Wellston. LIHEAP assists vulnerable families
in paying their heating and cooling bills, particularly
those with the lowest income who pay a high proportion
of household income for home energy. The program
was also designed to provide help to low income households targeting the elderly, disabled and households
with young children as insufficient heating and cooling
can cause health and safety issues for these homes.
LIHEAP has two components: Energy Assistance (EA)
and the Energy Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP).
EA is designed to help pay heating bills for those in our
community in need of assistance during the months of
October through March. Eligibility requirements for
EA are based on income, family size, available resources
and responsibility for payment of home heating costs.
Eligibility for EA may also qualify individuals for
additional financial assistance through the Emergency
Crisis Intervention Program.
• At the close of the 4th quarter of 2011 Urban League provided
direct support to nearly 7,000 households with over $1.3M in
combined energy assistance funding; indirect contact with an
additional 8000 residents1.
• Hired and trained 20 temporary employees to support LIHEAP
operations
• Former LIHEAP clients have transitioned back into the workforce
by joining the LIHEAP team
• The Urban League has successfully worked in partnership with
Ameren, Laclede Gas and Heat Up St. Louis to leverage
additional funding to assist more families with their home
energy bills during times of crisis.
• Additional resources from Laclede provided funding to hire high
school students as LIHEAP interns
• Purchased new phone system to address high call volume related
to energy assistance inquiries
REQUIREMENTS FOR APPLICATION:
ELIGIBILITY FOR BENEFITS UNDER THIS PROGRAM
IS LIMITED TO HOUSEHOLDS WHO:
1. Are responsible for paying home heating costs; and
2. Are U.S. citizens, or aliens legally admitted for permanent
residence; and
3. Do not have available resources in excess of $3,000; and
4. Meet specific income guidelines that vary according to
household size/less than 150% of the Federal Poverty Level
5. Provide required documentation – Social Security Card,
Income verification, current gas and electric bills
1 $1.3M based on EA, ECIP, Dollar More, Dollar Help, Heat- Up St. Louis
funds combined.
UL CLIENT TURNED EMPLOYEE TAMEKA DAVIS
PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS:
• On October 3, 2011, after less than one week of planning and
training, the Urban League quickly mobilized to begin accepting
LIHEAP applications at the Grandel Square location.
• An average of 500 clients per day was serviced during the peak
of the winter LIHEAP season.
• 22,000 applications were mailed to previous recipients of LIHEAP.
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UTILITY ASSISTANCE
The Urban League’s Utility Assistance Program received
exceptional funding through the Ameren’s Dollar More
Program, Ameren UE, Heat Up St. Louis, Cool Down
St. Louis, Missouri Emergency Shelter Grant, Affordable
Housing Trust Fund, and the Homeless Prevention &
Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP). One of the major
changes in 2011 was the addition of the Low Income
Home Energy Assistance Program funded through the
State of Missouri. These programs have provided
thousands of local residents with assistance in keeping
their utility service from being disrupted. In addition to
energy assistance funding, Heat Up/Cool Down donated
air conditioners to low-income and elderly residents
of the St. Louis area to combat the high temperatures
experienced during the past summer.
COMMUNITY OUTREACH
With the aid of funding through the Emergency Food
and Shelter Program, Operation Food Search, St. Louis
Area Food Bank and Kemper Foundation, the Urban
League’s Food Pantry distributed over 20,000 food baskets
to families and individuals. Food baskets provide a
week’s worth of food in an effort to combat hunger for
thousands of families experiencing financial crisis
In 2011, some St. Louis area residents experienced
disaster as devastating storms rolled through the
metropolitan area. One of the areas hardest hit was the
City of Berkeley. In the latter part of 2011 the Urban
League in partnership with the St. Louis Rams, Feed the
Children and the City of Berkeley provided donated
food and hygiene products to 800 area residents.
The Urban League’s Turkey Giveaway also distributed
over 1,900 turkey and food baskets to needy families,
thanks to the sponsorship of the St. Louis Rams and
Schnucks Markets. In addition, volunteers from
Enterprise Rent-A-Car, AT&T, Monsanto, Federation of
Block Units, St. Louis Community Credit Union, and the
Young Professionals were present to hand out baskets
to the clients. Hussman also provided Thanksgiving
baskets along with a $10 Schnucks gift card to 75 needy
families during the holiday season.
Urban League hosted its Annual Halloween gathering
on October 31st in partnership with St. Louis Community
Credit Union. Over 739 individuals attended the event
receiving candy and other treats from local companies
such as: St. Louis Community Credit Union, Walgreens,
McDonalds, Neighbors Credit Union, Target, Shop and
Save, Subway, Hostess, Frito-Lay, Citi, Little Ceasers,
Rider’s Choice, Sam’s Club and Big Lots.
FEED THE CHILDREN EVENT AT BERKELEY CITY HALL
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FEDERATION OF BLOCK UNITS
THE SPIRIT OF VOLUNTEERISM ST.
LOUIS COUNTY AREA COUNCIL SINCE ITS VERY INCEPTION BACK IN 1918
FOLLOWING THE RACE RIOTS OF EAST ST.
LOUIS, THE URBAN LEAGUE OF METROPOLITAN
ST. LOUIS HAS STOOD AT THE VERY FOREFRONT
OF VOLUNTEERISM. HISTORICALLY, THE URBAN
LEAGUE HAS BEEN THE VEHICLE FOR SOCIAL
CHANGE AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT BY ENCOURAGING
OTHER SOCIAL SERVICE AGENCIES, BUSINESS
AND GOVERNMENT ENTITIES TO SHAPE THE
COMMUNITY AROUND THEM THROUGH DUE
DILIGENCE AND CONCERN FOR THOSE LESS
FORTUNATE. THROUGH ITS EFFORTS, THE
URBAN LEAGUE HAS BEEN INSTRUMENTAL IN
FOSTERING BETTER RACE RELATIONS AND
PROMOTING EQUALITY AND VOLUNTEERISM
THROUGHOUT THE CITY OF ST. LOUIS AND
ITS SURROUNDING AREAS. THE RESIDENTS
FROM THE URBAN LEAGUE’S AUXILIARY IN THE
ST. LOUIS NORTH COUNTY AREA COUNCIL OF
THE FEDERATION EMBODIES THE SPIRIT OF
VOLUNTEERISM THAT THE URBAN LEAGUE WAS
FOUNDED UPON.
St. Louis county area council members have taken on
the task of assisting the Urban League in volunteer activities
and civic engagement events throughout St. Louis
County and St. Louis City. In the past year in a time of
great economic downturn in this nation, the members of
St. Louis County Area Council have donated professional
dress attire and non-perishable food items to the urban
league’s food and clothing pantry. St. Louis County
Members have also donated both their time and energy
in aiding the urban league with its annual turkey
giveaways, job fairs, community cleanup projects,
neighborhood workshops, and health screenings. This past year, the St. Louis County Members have
logged over 100 hours of volunteer work. ST. LOUIS COUNTY AREA COUNCIL
In an effort to promote civic engagement and to alert
residents of the dangers of identity theft, the St. Louis
County Area Council extended their volunteer efforts
by hosting a Shred It Day Event. Through this event,
residents throughout the St. Louis area were allowed
to bring their sensitive information which included tax
documents and personal records to Normandy Middle
School in St. Louis County to be disposed of safely and
properly onsite through a partnership with Document
Destruction Inc. Following the event, information about
the Urban League and the Federation of Block Units was
distributed and residents were encouraged to join the
Federation of Block Units. According Grandville Martin,
Vice Chair of St. Louis County and life-time resident
of St. Louis, “volunteerism means looking out for your
fellow human being; volunteerism transcends the lines
of race, gender, socioeconomic status and age; through
true volunteerism we can make this world a little better
for the next generation and future generations to come”. The Federation of Block Units is dedicated to helping
residents in the St. Louis community improve their
neighborhoods. An auxiliary of the Urban League since
1932, the Federation is the oldest self-help grassroots
organization in the St. Louis area.
FEDERATION OFFICERS
PRESIDENT: REV HILLIARD MARTIN
1ST VICE PRESIDENT: MS. BETTY A. JACKSON
2ND VICE PRESIDENT: MRS. MARY DAVIS
CORRESPONDING SEC: MS. VICKI CLINCY
SECRETARY: MS. LOVEY DAVIS
FINANCIAL SECRETARY: MRS. JOYCE HALL
PARLIAMENTARIAN: MS. KITTYE BEATTY
CHAPLAIN: MS. VERNEICE GRACE
AREA “A” COUNCIL, CHAIR: MS. ANN HAMILTON
AREA “B” COUNCIL, CHAIR: MS. BARBARA MARTIN
CHAIR AREA E: MRS. KINSELLA BERRY
TREASURER: MRS. LINDA SIMS
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URBAN LEAGUE YOUNG PROFESSIONALS
THE URBAN LEAGUE YOUNG PROFESSIONALS
OF METROPOLITAN ST. LOUIS (ULYP) IS THE
LEAGUE’S PREMIER AUXILIARY ORGANIZATION
FOR ENGAGING FUTURE GENERATIONS.
IN THEIR 11TH YEAR OF SERVICE WITH THE
URBAN LEAGUE OF METROPOLITAN ST LOUIS
AND GREATER ST LOUIS AREA, THE YOUNG
PROFESSIONALS CONTINUE TO HAVE A
MEMBERSHIP BASE OF OVER 100 MEMBERS.
IT IS THROUGH MEMBERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
OPPORTUNITIES AND THROUGH LEADERSHIP
TRAINING AND COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, THAT
THE YOUNG PROFESSIONALS HAVE OBTAINED A
STRONG PRESENCE IN THE AREAS OF ADVOCACY
AND ENGAGEMENT. IT IS ALSO THROUGH BENCHMARK PROGRAMS SUCH AS THE YOUNG BLACKS
GIVE BACK CAMPAIGN AND CHRISTMAS ADOPT-AFAMILY THAT ULYP CONSISTENTLY HELPS THOSE
IN NEED. ULYP ONCE AGAIN CELEBRATED THEIR
SELECTION AS THE 2011 CENTRAL REGIONAL
CHAPTER OF THE YEAR PRESENTED AT THE 2011
NATIONAL URBAN LEAGUE CONFERENCE.
Investing in Your Future, Financial Empowerment
Focus Seminar, ULYP Cross Talks and Personal Brand
Development
COMMUNITY IMPACT
ULYPs are passionate, engaged and determined to
make an impact in the St. Louis Community. In 2011,
ULYPs gave back to the community over 2,000 hours of
community service, bringing together 633 volunteers to
complete 50 service projects for 30 organizations
including Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Young Blacks Give Back Campaign: In their 9th year
of dedicating a month solely to giving back, ULYP has
lived up to its YBGB 2011 theme, “Set the Standard, Live
Empowered” by raising the bar regarding community
involvement. With 1,362.25 hours returned to the
community by over 250 volunteers and the strong
support of local organizations and companies, ULYP
showcased how young professionals are orchestrating
and effecting change in the St Louis Community.
Striving to develop future leaders, ULYP strategically
plans diverse training initiatives centered to meet the
needs of its members. Professional development is
included as part of each meeting and addresses skills,
tools, resources, and opportunities needed to help
Young Professionals grow throughout their personal
lives and professional careers. In 2011 sessions included:
Young Professionals Blood Drive: In collaboration with
the American Red Cross’ Charles Drew Blood drive, the
Young Professionals hosted their first blood drive. This
blood drive was specifically focused on raising awareness
of sickle cell disease and recruiting donors who could
potentially help sickle cell patients. A total of 33 donors
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attended the blood drive and gave 19 full pints of blood
to the American Red Cross to help treat patients
affected with the sickle cell disease.
ULYP volunteer commitment to the Urban League of
Metropolitan St. Louis is ongoing. A team of ULYPs
prepared over 800 Thanksgiving food baskets for the
Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis’ annual Thanksgiving program and volunteered on distribution day.
Other projects have included neighborhood canvassing
for Urban League Head Start, updating the database for
St. Louis County outreach services, organizing a donation
drive for the “Community Clothes Closet” with the
Urban League Guild, aiding the affiliate with utility
assistance and Food Pantry programs and participating
in the Berkeley food distribution program.
2011 closed with the annual ULYP holiday party. Guests
donated toys and other items for two families in need in
the community. Members wrapped gifts and delivered
the items to the families in time for Christmas.
2 0 1 1 - 2 0 1 2 EXECUTIVE BOARD
PRESIDENT: KIRA VAN NIEL
VICE PRESIDENT: EVAN KRAUSS
SECRETARY: TERRELL ANDERSON
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT
TREASURER: CATRINA CHAMBERS
ULYP is charged with organizing, facilitating, engaging
and empowering members of ULYP around issues of
public concern. In 2011, ULYP coordinated and
implemented the Chapter’s voter registration efforts
in St Louis and East St Louis. In addition, ULYP held
its first civic placement town hall on the importance of
service on non-profit boards and commissions as well
as opportunities to serve in these capacities.
PARLIAMENTARIAN: DAUFFUS JACKSON
COMMUNITY SERVICE CHAIR: GENESIS STEELE
MEMBERSHIP CHAIR: DELICIA STEPHENS
RESOURCE CHAIR: NICHOLE MOTON
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CHAIR:
MASHERRL CONYER
FUND DEVELOPMENT
In the 6th year of hosting this event, ULYP has continued
to prove how mission and purpose lead to success.
The Urban Renaissance Gala highlights the contributions
of the Urban League Young Professionals and is
positioned to raise money to support the programs
and initiatives of the Urban League of Metropolitan
St Louis. A formal event, the Urban Renaissance Gala
had over 190 guests in attendance ranging from Young
Professionals to Community and Corporate Leaders.
Craig Glover, Vice President of Compliance and Health
Information for Grace Hill Health Centers; Outreach
Scientist, Danielle Lee, Ph.D. and Rubin Brown Partner,
Steve Harris, CPA were all recognized as Professional
of the Year. Kimberly Burke with US Bank and Suesan
Daily with the Center for Diversity and Cultural
Competence at Barnes-Jewish Hospital were both
recognized as “Member of the Year”. Litigation Paralegal
with Pitzer Snodgrass, P.C., Kenya Leonard was selected
as the Leader of the Year. $5,000 was contributed to
the Urban League of Metropolitan St Louis from the
proceeds of this event.
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PUBLIC RELATIONS CHAIR: KENYA LEONARD
YBGB CHAIR: ANGELA PIERCE
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT CHAIR: EBONY HUTCHINSON
ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE CHAIR: WILLIAM GARRY
URBAN LEAGUE STAFF LIAISON:
BARBARA BOWMAN
URBAN LEAGUE OF METROPOLITAN ST. LOUIS / 2011 YEAR IN REVIEW
OUTSTANDING YP MEMBER OF THE YEAR
MS. KENYA M. LEONARD HAS BEEN A MEMBER
OF THE URBAN LEAGUE YOUNG PROFESSIONALS
SINCE 2009 AND SERVES AS THE PUBLIC
RELATIONS COMMITTEE CHAIR. A NATIVE EAST
ST. LOUISAN, KENYA IS CURRENTLY EMPLOYED
AS A LITIGATION PARALEGAL FOR THE LAW FIRM
OF PITZER SNODGRASS, PC IN DOWNTOWN
ST. LOUIS FOR OVER 5 YEARS.
Kenya’s legal experience includes Civil Defense
Litigation in various practice areas, but primarily
insurance defense. Prior to working for Pitzer
Snodgrass, PC, she worked 6 years at Special
Services, Inc. as an Investigator’s Aide/Office
Manager/Legal Assistant. She holds a B.S. from
the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in
Biology as well as a Graduate Paralegal Certificate
and M.A. in Legal Studies from Webster University.
Kenya is an Adjunct Instructor in the Paralegal
Studies Program at ITT Technical Institute and
serves on their Curriculum Advisory Board.
Additionally, she is a Presenter for the Institute of
Paralegal Education. Kenya is a member of the St.
Louis Paralegal Association for over 5 years and
has served on the Paralegal Day Annual Luncheon
Committee (2008-11); as the Volunteer Paralegals
Committee Chair (2008-11); Director (2009-10),
President-Elect (2010-11) and serves as the 20112012 President. In her spare time, Kenya enjoys
volunteering as an Advisor for Junior Achievement
at Cahokia High School and working with the
Davis Football Camp.
Kenya is also active in the Mound City Bar
Association and is a member of the National
Association of Legal Assistants. Kenya is a
proud member of Faith United Baptist Church
“The Faith House” (Senior Pastor Willie D.Brown)
of O’Fallon, IL.
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URBAN LEAGUE GUILD
THE URBAN LEAGUE OF METROPOLITAN ST. LOUIS
GUILD IS AN AUXILIARY THAT SERVES AS
AMBASSADORS FOR THE ST. LOUIS AFFILIATE AND
THE NATIONAL ORGANIZATION. THE 25-YEAROLD GUILD CONTINUES TO CREATE NEW AND
INNOVATIVE WAYS TO SUPPORT THE MISSION
OF THE URBAN LEAGUE AND REACH OUT AND
ADDRESS THE ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND HEALTH
NEEDS WITHIN THE LOCAL COMMUNITY.
Health continues to be a Guild priority. The St. Louis
affiliate joined Guilders across the country to sponsor
local health fairs. Last year, the Monsanto YMCA
hosted the Health Fair with attendance exceeding 100
participants. The fair featured free health screening and
educational display booths from the following vendors:
Community Health in Partnership Service (CHIPS) ,
American Diabetes Association, St. Louis City Health
Dept-Lead Poison, American Diabetes Association,
St. John’s Mercy Health Care Outpatient Nutrition
Services, The Empowerment Network, Siteman Cancer
Center Mammography Van , St. Louis City Fire Dept.,
and much more. This event was sponsored by Furniture
Brands and Dr. Pepper. The 2011 Jazz Brunch was held
at the Clayton Crowne Plaza Hotel. More than 230
guests were in attendance at the fabulous event which
featured Sharon Stevens of KSDK Newschannel 5 as
mistress of ceremonies. Past presidents and charter
members were honored at the event which included
Frankie Muse Freeman, Alderwoman Marlene Davis and
St. Louis City License Collector Michael D. McMillan.
Entertainment was provided by Charles and Nikki
Glenn and Rhoda G. The Guild donated $5,000 to the
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Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis and awarded
a $500 Guild Scholarship to Charles Weathers, a
NULITES member from Central Visual and Performing
Arts High School who plans to attend St. Louis Community
College at Forest Park.
2011 GUILD OFFICERS:
PRESIDENT: VANESSA R. ELLIOTT
VICE PRESIDENT: KRISTINA HAZLEY
CORRESPONDING SECRETARY: ANNE STARKS
RECORDING SECRETARY: MICHELE BROWN
TREASURER: REBECCA M. BARNES
PARLIAMENTARIAN: ANGELA MORGAN
CHAPLAIN: DENISE TURNER
MEMBERSHIP CHAIR: ROSALYN MADDEN
STAFF LIAISON: ANGELIA D. BILLS
MEMBERS AT LARGE: JOCELYN EZELL, SANDRA URBAN LEAGUE OF METROPOLITAN ST. LOUIS / 2011 YEAR IN REVIEW
MURDOCH & SUSAN BUFORD
ST. LOUIS NULITES
NULITER SPOTLIGHT FRANK PHILLIPS V
FRANK PHILLIPS V BECAME A MEMBER OF THE
NULITES PROGRAM THE FALL OF 2010. FRANK IS
A HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR AT HANCOCK SENIOR
HIGH SCHOOL IN ST. LOUIS COUNTY WHERE
HE HOLDS A 3.7 GPA. HE HAS BEEN ACCEPTED
INTO SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY, UNIVERSITY OF
MISSOURI, AND THE UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL
FLORIDA.
Frank is very active in his school and community. He
plays basketball and football. Frank also participates in
the T.R.E.N.D program-Turning Resources and Energy
in a New Direction. T.R.E.N.D helps young people deal
with peer pressure, prepare for college, job readiness,
and community involvement. Frank loves reading, writing,
dance, sports, and dreams of creating a recreation center
for teens like him. Frank enjoys staying active in football
and basketball. He works part-time as a cashier at a
local fast-food restaurant. His co-workers and class mate
look up to him as a leader.
Frank became interested in exploring career opportunities
with the United States Navy, after participating in
his high school Jr. ROTC program. Today, Frank has
pledged to support and defend his country by enlisting
in the United States Navy. He will be deployed to Chicago
on August 2012 to begin Basic Combat Training. He
hopes to achieve the highest military honor and become
a Sergeant Major. Frank is a remarkable young man,
destined to become a great leader! Frank is NULITES.
NULITES OFFICERS
PROGRAM COORDINATOR: RETASHA SMITH
NULITES ADVISOR: SAMUEL DARROUGH JR.
NULITES ADVISOR: TERESA JONES-CLICK
2011 NULITES
NULITES was started in the fall of 1989. NULITES is
National Urban League Incentives to Excel & Succeed
nationwide youth initiative. Birthed by the vision and
mission of the National Urban League Education and
Youth division, The Urban League of Metropolitan St.
Louis NULITES Chapter began in 2006. NULITES
Chapters are sponsored by local Urban League affiliates
and have their own youth officers who develop, implement,
and execute activities with guidance from the adult
advisors.
The main purpose of this program is to promote,
encourage, and maintain high standards for youth in
their personal, professional, and educational aspects of
a teen’s life. The core program components: Leadership,
Education, Personal and Professional.
2011 NULITES HIGHLIGHTS
• NULITES members host Black History Program a
County Division
• Special Invited guest- Walter McKinney, African
American Folk Artist
• The program showcased the African Art masterpieces
created by McKinney
SECRETARY: JASMINE MCDANIELS
TREASURER: JADE MCDANIELS
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COMMUNICATIONS
THE URBAN LEAGUE ADVOCATES FOR IMPROVED
PUBLIC POLICY TO ACHIEVE SOCIAL JUSTICE,
BECOMING AN EXPERT SOURCE OF INFORMATION
ABOUT THE FACTORS AFFECTING AFRICAN
AMERICANS. THE URBAN LEAGUE COMMUNICATIONS
DEPARTMENT INCREASES COMMUNITY AWARENESS
OF THE CLIENTS WHOM WE SERVE.
The Urban League Communications Department is
primarily responsible for directing advocacy, media
relations, marketing, advertising and the promotion of all
agency events and services. The Communications
Department’s advertising, public relations and cause
marketing efforts are sponsored by KSDK Newschannel
5 and the Gannett Foundation, Enterprise Rent-A-Car
underwrites a portion of the printing costs for Urban
Connection and Outreach Brief newsletters. UL
Communications also partners with the St. Louis
American on its annual Salute to Excellence in Business
Luncheon to promote the Top 25 African American
Businesses in the St. Louis area.
In 2011, the Urban League has signed approximately 742
students to this program. Guest speakers and mentors
have included educators, social workers, health department
workers and scholars who have come together to speak
with students regarding their life choices. The summits
featured panel discussions with seven role models, followed
by question and answer sessions with the students
and workshops on Life Opportunities, Public Safety
and Health. The events have been well received in all
arenas. There were approximately nine summits held at
Vashon High School, Roosevelt High School, Confluence
Academy, Sumner High School, Confluence Academy,
Walnut Park Campus and Kingdom House.
CORE PROGRAMS:
PUBLIC RELATIONS
ADVOCACY
The Urban League’s Youth Violence Prevention Program
is designed to provide youths with low socioeconomic
status with opportunities to make positive life choices
and avoid juvenile delinquency. Sponsored by the City
of St. Louis, the Public Safety Advisory Council of the
Urban League continues to work with high schools and
neighborhood organizations to produce youth gang summits in St. Louis City. In addition, the students will join a
coalition entitled Teens Stopping Violence to help them
change the course of their lives and take action to achieve
their dreams.
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PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COUNCIL
ADVERTISING
ANNUAL REPORT
URBAN CONNECTION NEWSLETTER
OUTREACH BRIEF NEWSLETTER
PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COUNCIL MEMBER AND STATE
REPRESENTATIVE JAMILAH NASHEED (CENTER) VISITS WITH
STUDENTS FOLLOWING A YOUTH GANG SUMMIT AT
KINGDOM HOUSE.
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SUSTAINABLE QUALITY SERVICES
DEVELOPMENT
SPECIAL EVENTS
EACH YEAR, THE URBAN LEAGUE OF METROPOLITAN
ST. LOUIS PROVIDES QUALITY PROGRAM SERVICES
FOR FAMILIES IN NEED. IT IS THROUGH THE
DEDICATION OF OUR VOLUNTEERS AND THE
GENEROUS SUPPORT FROM OUR INDIVIDUAL
DONORS, CORPORATE ST. LOUIS ALONG WITH
OUR MEMBERS THAT WE ARE ABLE TO PROVIDE
MUCH NEEDED SERVICES FOR THE ST. LOUIS
COMMUNITY. THANKS TO THIS CONTINUED
SUPPORT WE ARE ABLE TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN
OUR FUNDRAISING EFFORTS. IN THESE MOST
CHALLENGING ECONOMIC TIMES WE CONTINUE
TO EXPAND AND DEVELOP NEW PROGRAMS THAT
ADDRESS THE NEEDS OF OUR COMMUNITY.
The Urban League sponsors two major fundraising
events annually: the Annual Dinner Meeting and the
Golf Tournament. Over 1,100 corporate, civic and
community members joined the Urban League for the
93rd Annual Dinner Meeting. Dr. Lawrence A. Davis,
Chancellor, University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff was the
keynote speaker. Awards of Merit recipients were:
The Boeing Company, Dr. James R. Kimmey, former
President & CEO of Missouri Foundation for Health, and
Clay Thornhill, of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. The Chairman’s
Award was presented jointly to Mathews-Dickey Boys &
Girls Club and Attorneys Kathi Chestnut and Vanessa
Keith of Greensfeld, Hemke & Gale, P.C.
The Development Department implements the board
approved fundraising strategy through grant writing,
special events and through the cultivation of donors
and solicitation of gifts and pledges from individuals,
corporations, and foundations. This plan supports
the Urban League’s strategy to continue to build the
administrative and fundraising capacity to ensure all
services remain of the highest quality. The Development
Committee chaired by UL Board Member Ed Higgins
works to facilitate and strengthen strategic corporate
and foundation partnerships with the goal of developing
mutually beneficial relationships and alliances with
corporations and foundations as well as individuals.
We focus on four key strategic areas: board giving, special
events, memberships, major gifts and program support.
The 2011 Golf Tournament chaired by UL Board Member
Kelvin Taylor, welcomed over 100 golfers to Norwood
Hills Country Club. Great weather along with the dinner
and silent auction contributed to one of the most successful
golf tournaments in recent years. In-kind support from
Grey Eagle Distributors and the NIKE Factory Store
helped to make it a great day!
BOARD INVOLVEMENT
The Urban League Board of Directors helps create
exceptional awareness for the Urban League movement
and programs. Board members give their time, expertise
and monies to support the work of the Urban League.
They serve on committees, chair events and share their
resources. In 2011, board giving increased 8% over the
prior year.
MEMBERSHIPS
Urban League members include individuals, corporations, board members; the John T. Clark Society; the
Urban League Guild; the Federation of Block Units; the
NULITES and the Urban League Young Professionals.
The recruitment of new members and renewal of current
members is an ongoing activity of the Development
Department and the Membership Committee chaired by
UL Board Member Bryan Scott. In 2011, new corporate
partnerships were introduced inviting businesses to purchase
corporate memberships along with event support.
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ANNUAL GIVING CAMPAIGN/MAJOR
GIFTS
The Annual Giving Campaign is a year-end effort to
ease the suffering of the less fortunate during the harsh
winter months as well as build the reserves of the agency.
Gifts of food, clothing, furniture and toys are plentiful
during the holiday season. Each year, our constituents
make contributions according to their ability, no gift is
too small.
PROGRAM SUPPORT
The Management Team along with the Vice President of
Development and the UL Board of Directors work jointly
to secure funds specifically for Urban League Programs.
Board members support funding requests from their
corporate foundations, sign letters of support and connect the agency to potential funders. Vice Presidents are
actively involved in the community and assist in locating
new partnerships and collaborations. 67% of the proposals submitted by this collective effort were funded. In
2011, the Urban League began a new partnership with
Verizon Wireless to sponsor its Everyday Heroes program honoring unsung heroes in the St. Louis community.
Additionally, Southwest Airlines continued its support of
the League’s Jobs for Missouri’s Graduates and NULITES
programs. This continued partnership provides $8,000
in airline tickets for the students to travel to Washington,
DC to the Jobs for America’s Graduates conference and
the NULITES will travel to New Orleans in 2012 for the
National Urban League Youth Leadership Conference.
UL BOARD CHAIR DEBRA DENHAM, UL BOARD MEMBER BRYAN T. SCOTT OF BOEING PRESENTS A$35,000 CHECK TO UL VICE PRESIDENT
VICTORIA REAVES AND UL CEO JAMES H. BUFORD FOR ST. LOUIS COUNTY COMMUNITY OUTREACH CENTER DURING THE TURKEY GIVEAWAY.
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U R B A N L E A G U E O F M E T R O P O L I TA N S T. L O U I S
LIST OF MAJOR CONTRIBUTORS
AND EVENT SUPPORTERS
CORPORATIONS, FOUNDATIONS
& TRUSTS
$100,000 AND MORE
Bank of America
United Way of Greater St. Louis
$50,000 AND MORE
Ameren
Citi Foundation (National
Urban League)
Emerson Charitable Trust
Missouri Foundation for Health
William R. Orthwein, Jr. and Laura
Rand Orthwein Foundation
William T. Kemper Foundation
$25,000 AND MORE
Anheuser-Bush, Inc.
BJC HealthCare
The Boeing Company
The Dana Brown Charitable Trust
U.S. Bank, Trustee
Enterprise Holding
Heat Up St. Louis
Monsanto Fund
State Farm
U.S. Bank
$10,000 OR MORE
Centene Charitable Foundation
Edward Jones
Express Scripts
Peabody Energy
Wells Fargo
Regional Arts Commission
of St. Louis
$5,000 OR MORE
AT & T
Gannett Foundation
Midwest Bank
Mildred, Herbert & Julian Simon
Foundation
Nordstrom
Reliance Bank
The Regional Business Council
SSM Health Care
Southwest Airlines (In-kind)
St. Louis College of Pharmacy
Urban League Guild
Urban League Young
Professionals
World Wide Technology
$1,000 OR MORE
Armstrong Teasdale LLP
Commerce Bank
Correctional Medical Services, Inc.
Coventry Health/Group
Health Plan
Father Support Center
Fleishman Hillard
Fontbonne University
Fred Weber Inc.
Friendly Temple
Human Development Corporation
Kwame Building Group
Laclede Gas Company
Lodging Hospitality Management
McCormick Baron Salazar Inc.
Urban Strategies, Inc
Nestle Purina PetCare Company
PNC Foundation
Regions Bank
RubinBrownLLP
Schnucks Markets Inc.
Siemens PLM Software Inc.
St. Louis Community College
St. Louis Convention &
Visitors Bureau
St. Louis County Workforce
Investment Board
St. Louis Gateway Classic
Sports Foundation
St. Louis Post Dispatch
St. Louis Regional Chamber
& Growth Association
St. Louis Sportservice, LLC
Taylored Analytical Marketing LLC
UMB Bank
UniGroup
Verizon Wireless/Event Creative
WalMart
Washington University
Webster University
YWCA Metro St. Louis
CONTRIBUTORS
100 Black Men
I4 Talent LLC
Ameristar Casino
Annie Malone Children & Family
Service Center
Area Associates Psychological
Better Family Life
Black Data Processing Associates
Bunzl
Bostick Temple Church COGIC
Cote Brilliante Presbyterian
Church
Crider Health Center
Focus St. Louis
Friends of Gregory FX Daly
Fox Family Foundation
Grace Hill Settlement House
Intentions by Design
International Brotherhood
Electrical Workers
Jewish Community Relations
Council
Madison County Urban League
Matthews-Dickey Boys’ and
Girls’ Club
Missouri History Museum
MSD
NAACP St. Louis County
Network for Good
Nine Network
Person’s Properties
Pitzer Snodgrass, P.C.
Ranken Technical College
Real Estate Solutions
Shalom Church City of Peace
Soul Stylz LLC
St. Louis Community Credit Union
St. Louis ConnectCare
St. Louis Wellness Network LLC
University of Missouri St. Louis
Youth Learning Center
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INDIVIDUALS
$100,000 AND MORE
Mrs. Marion J. Brooks (Estate)
$10,000 OR MORE
Mr. & Mrs. William Rusnack
Mrs. Frankie Eichenberger
$5,000 OR MORE
Dr. William Danforth
Mr. & Mrs. Maurice Newberry
$1,000 OR MORE
Mr. Steven M. & Dr. Karen F. Barney
Mr. Oscar Berryman
Ms. Karen Davis
Ms. Debra Denham
Dr. Myrtle E. B. Dorsey
Mr. Benjamin “Tad” Edwards
Mr. Robert Fox
& Mrs. Maxine Clark
Mr. Johnny Furr, Jr.
Ms. Astrid Garcia
Mr. Michael Green
Mr. Edward Higgins
Mr. Stephen C. Jones
Mr. Roman Kulich
Mr. John Lyday
Mr. Patrick McNamee
Mr. Richard Miles
Dr. John Pieper
Ms. Lena Rush
Mr. John Schicker
Dr. Donald Suggs
Mr. Steven Sullivan
Mr. Thomas Voss
Ms. Eliza Watson
Mr. Keith Williamson
CONTRIBUTORS
Dr. Ed Adams
Mr. Andrew Baker
Mr. David Baltzer
Mrs. Alicia Bams
Mr. Richard Banks
Ms. Lynn Beall
Mr. Robert Bell
Mr. Peter Breitman
Mr. Scottie Brown
Mrs. Victoria Buck
Mrs. Susan Buford
Mr. James Buford
Mr. Michael Burns
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Ms. Joy C. Burns
Mr. Jack Carey
Mr. & Mrs. Napoleon Carter
Ms. Deanna Carroll
Ms. Alicia Clark
Mr. James Cook
Mrs. Melanie DiLeo
Mr. Richard Eichwald
Mr. Mitchell Egeston
Ms. Vanessa Elliot
Ms. Dorothy Magett Fiddmont
Ms. Michelle Finazzo
Rabbi Randy Fleisher
Mrs. Frankie Freeman
Dr. Henry Givens, Jr.
Dr. Dennis Golden
Mr. Gene Gorden
Mr. Richard Gray
Mr. Mark Grieman
Mr. Frank Hamsher
Mr. Wayne Harvey
Mr. John Hillhouse
Mr. Michael Holmes
Mr. Thomas Irwin
Mr. Allan Ivie, IV
Rev. Sammie Jones
Ms. Shonda King
Ms. Traci King
Mr. Ken Kranzberg
Mr. & Mrs. Evan Krauss
Mr. Mark Levison
Ms. Ann Marr
Rev. Hillard Martin/Federation
of Block Units
Mr. Earl May
Mr. Allen McKieler
Mr. Ron Meeks
Mr. Tony Moise
Sandra Moore
Mr. John Moten
Mr.& Mrs. Tom Mulhearn
Dr. & Mrs. Nathaniel Murdock
Mr. Edwin Noble
Mr. Timothy O’leary
Mr. Dan Paquin
Ms. Emily Pitts
Mrs. Barbara Primm
Mrs. Vanessa Randolph
Ms. Claudette Reed
Mr. Michael Roane
Ms. Heather Rich
Mr. Eric Rhone
Dr. Marilyn Robinson
Dr. Constance Rockingham
Mr. Burks Ross
Mr. Stanley Roux
URBAN LEAGUE OF METROPOLITAN ST. LOUIS / 2011 YEAR IN REVIEW
Ms. Jacqueline Scaife
Mr. Brett Schott
Mr. Bryan Scott
Mr. Norman Seay
Ms. Ellen Sherberg
Rev. E. G. Shields
Dr. John Siscel
Mr. Craig Smith
Ms. Ruth Smith
Mr. Mark Stacye
Mr. James Starks
Mr. Charles Stewart
Dr. Elizabeth Stroble
Mr. Andrew Stroud
Mr. Royce Sutton
Mr. Kelvin Taylor
Ms. Charlene Templeton
Mr. Charles Tisdell
Ms. Keith Todd
Mrs. Nannie Turner-Banks
Mr. Robert Wallace
Ms. Joyce Webb
Mr. Ted Wheller
Dr. Karl Wilson
Mr. Donald Wolff
Mr. Peter Yelkovac
Col. William Young
MEMBERSHIP
JOHN T. CLARK SOCIETY
LEGACY - $5,000 OR MORE
Todd Schnuck
MEMBERSHIPS
OPPORTUNITY CIRCLE PIONEER $1,000 OR MORE
John O’Connell
Tony Moise
Michelle Tucker
INNOVATOR - $500 OR MORE
Kathleen T. Osborn
Stanley Roux
PARTNER - $250 OR MORE
Peter Yelkovac
ORGANIZER $100 OR MORE
Darlynn Bosley
Phil Bracken
Marvin Goldman
Hazel Mallory
Arthur Perry
Rev. Starsky Wilson
Bostick Temple Chrurch
COGIC
Greater New Hope Church
Taxes, Et. Al. Inc.
Third Presbyterian Church
Union Memorial United
Methodist Church
URBAN LEAGUER $50 OR
MORE
Harold Brown
Mark Polzin
Kevin Triggs
James Webb
Father Support Center
St. Louis
IOTA PHI LAMBDA SORORITY
Rohan Business Group
Person’s Properties INC.
SENIOR/CONTRIBUTOR
$20 OR MORE
Jessie Carter
Johnnie Early Smith
Aileen Friedel
Delores Malcolm
Shirley Martin
Beatrice Payne
Deloise Polk
Lea Sutherlin
Arnette Williams
John Wright
Lucy Wynn
GUILD
Rebecca Barnes
Timothy Barnes
Mauranda Bembry
Ida Bohannon
Myrtis Briggs
Michele Brown
Victoria Buck
Susan Buford
Brenda Clayton-Davis
Cheryl Cole Young
Ald. Marlene Davis
Vanessa Elliott
Joclyn Ezell
Sharon Ezell
Belma Givens
April Harris
Mary Haydem
Cassandra Hayes
Mary Lawrence Hayes
Kristina Hazley
Dr. Michelle D. Johnson
Rosalyn Madden
Levance Madden
Angela Morgan
Patricia Reed-Boswell
Amber D. Simpson
Marilyn Smith
Anne Starks
James Starks
Denise Turner
Cheryl Cole Young
YOUNG PROFESSIONALS
Terrell Anderson
Debra Bass
Jania Bell
Dannie Boyd
Shayla Brock
Nadia Brown
Kimberly Burke
Deanna Carroll
Catrina Chambers
Jihan Clay
Cory Clines
Christina Cofield
Derek Collins
Masherrl Conyer
Eric Cooper
John Cothrine
Richard Cross
Kevin James Crump
Suesan Daily
Chrisitna Dancy
Deshone Davie
Lashara Davis
Mary Davis
Yolanda Degrange
Anson Donnan
Timon Edwards
Vincent Flewellen
Michelle Fontaine
Crystal Fowler
Brandie Franklin
Patrice French
William Garry
Craig Glover
Kelly Griffin
Lena Hampton
Arica Harris
Tiffany Hayes
Lakenya Henderson
Kim Hicks
Angela Holmes
Marissa Hubbard
Ebony Hutchison
Sheldon Jackson
Dauffus Jackson
Justin Johnson
Leonard Johnson
Nate Johnson
Christine Jones
Danielle Jones
Alain Justilien
Evan Krauss
George Ladd
Travis Lane
Kenya Leonard
Evan Lewis
Rodney Lewis
Ebony Lincoln
Daffney Moore
Rachelle Morgan
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Nichole Moten
Barry Neal
Benjamin Nesbitt
Elisha Newsome
Jarrett Nobles
Kwame Ofori
Clarissa Opaleki
Caitlin Parker
Nicholas Powell
Diana Redden
Dan Redden, Jr.
Daniel Rounds
Qiana Scruggs
Johnnie Singleton
Danielle Smith
Adewale Soluade
Genesis Steele
Delicia Stephens
Jeremy Stewart
Tyra Suggs
Donald Taylor
Kira Van Niel
Shells Wallace
Tasha Williams
Frank Williamson
Quentin Womack
FEDERATION OF BLOCK UNITS
10 Ann Hamilton
89 Katrude Palmer
126 Anna Sampson
127 Henrietta Parram
136 Shela Davis
151 Allen Lyles
294 Gaylay Stepney
351 Vicent Phillip
430 Creola Mitchell
586 O. G. Harris
1035 Carliss Billups
1327 John Curtis
1605 Troy Spencer
1647 Lavern M. Pearson
1673 Arsenia Burnett
1696 Ranken Teck Staff
1698 Pamela Talley
348 Brian Schmidgall
33 Barbara Felton
143 Albert Dillard
182 Naomi Caldwell
184 William Shaw
194 William Slaten - Past Chair
186 A. Meyers
249 Ernest Sission
271 Lee Richardson
288 Francine Robinson
302 Davis More
356 Vera Dotson
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531 Vivian Brown
568 J. Leatheridge
735 Cassandra Owens
1102 Mary Sloan
1324 D. Batts
1328 Deborah Adams
1371 Barbara Hyche
1432 Charlie Johnson
1497 Jan D. Smith
1701 Darnella Petty
8 Alberta Murphy
56 Fannie M. Simpson
169 Lawrence Hobby
189 Zelma Quinn
292 Brenda Brown
305 Brenda Busby
328 Kenneth Farwell
385 Kneely William
593 Charlene Bell
713 Wanda Martindale
766 Sharon Casey
965 Helen Bailey
976 Ruby Handly
1044 Nancy Gates
1052 Mollie J. Jordan
1244 Bettie Willis
1261 Andrea Porter
1326 Beatrice Hudson
1423 Marry Simmons
1483 Rorie Patton
1606 True Light BaptistChurch
1607 Rosie Willis
1617 Barbara Thompson
1626 Malvern Camp
1640Terri Webb
1654 Mosella Washington
1700 Michael McMillan
1632 Betty Jackson
861 Granville Martin
924 Lois Champion
1086 Eartha Dockins
1238 Victoria Clincy
1422 Rufus Conley
1480 Verlon Gladney
1481 Amos Hampton
1610 Betty Frye
1670 Roberta Ceasar
1674 Andrew Priutt
1676 City of Greendale
1689 Georgia Wilson
1691 Ruth Clerkly
1699 Rossie Chambers
1702 Margaret Mitchell
37 Deborah Dupree
331 Ronald Smith
365 Levi Arnold
413 Robin Wheeler
468 Annie O’ Neal
472 Walter Rush
491 Barbara Lambert
551 Gean Gant
831 Arlene Hayes
1019 Charles Williams/Deloris Smith
1164 Ralph Tidwell
1274 Carolyn Washington
1361 Lendell More
1645 Hattie Guyton
1655 Irene Langford
1657 Kinsella Berry
1678 Steven Joiner
1681 Dorthy Dempsey
1688 Patricia Jones
651 E. Devorse
887 Toni Pearson
902 George Taylor
912 Donna Walker McGahee
933 Alice Valentine
961 Patricia Hamm
962 Veneice Walley
1023 Odell Giles
1024 O. C Johnson
1059 Moszie Williams
1113 Louise Griffen
1133 Larry and Mary Davis
1184 Oscar Fransau
1383 Tommy Simril
1398 Mercedes Jacobs
1408 Kennica Crumwell
1411 Annetta Booth
1416 Jesse Frenchie
1485 Lovey Davis
1550 Joyce M. Hall
1621 John Allen
1650 Barbara Thompson
1672 Robert Taylor
1684 Clara Irving
180 Lavern Pearson
806 Marvin Daniels
1647 D. Lomax
1663 Valerie Smith
1671 Orlando Lewis
21 Laurel Washington
182 Annette Lyons
386 Paulette Crawley
1361 Lendell More
1645 Hattie Guyton
1655 Irene Langford
1656 Leon Smith
1657 Kinsella Berry
1678 Steven Joiner
1681 Dorthy Dempsey
1688 Patricia Jones
651 E. Devorse
514 Audrey Dillon
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS
DEBRA DENHAM
CHAIRMAN
JO ANN ARNOLD
VICE-CHAIRMAN
COL. WILLIAM H. YOUNG
TREASURER
EDWARD HIGGINS
SECRETARY
MARK LEVISON
GENERAL COUNSEL
Ed Adams
Jo Ann Arnold
Richard Banks
Steven M. Barney
Lynn Beall
Robert E. Bell
Oscar Berryman
Michael Burns
Jack Carey
Karen Davis
Debra Denham
Melanie DiLeo
Dr. Myrtle E.B. Dorsey
Frankie Eichenberger
Richard Eichwald
Vanessa Elliott
Rabbi Randy Fleisher
Frankie M. Freeman
Johnny Furr
Astrid Garcia
Dr. Henry Givens
Dr. Dennis Golden
Frank Hamsher
Edward Higgins
URBAN LEAGUE BOARD MEMBERS MELANIE DILEO, CITI, AND THOMAS R.
VOSS, AMEREN.
Debbie Hollingsworth
Thomas Irwin
Allan D. Ivie, IV
Rev. Sammie Jones
Stephen C. Jones
Roman Kulich
Mark Levison
John Lyday
Ann Marr
Rev. Hillard Martin
Patrick McNamee
Richard H. Miles
Tony Moise
Sandra Moore
John Moten, Jr.
Kathleen T. Osborn
Daniel Paquin
Dr. John A. Pieper
Emily Pitts
Tiffany Powell
Eric Rhone
Dr. Constance
Rockingham
Stan Roux
William Rusnack
John Schicker
Todd R. Schnuck
Bryan Scott
Ellen Sherberg
Rev. E.G. Shields
Dr. John Siscel
Dr. Elizabeth Stroble
Andrew Stroud
Dr. Donald Suggs
Steven Sullivan
Royce Sutton
Kelvin Taylor
Michelle Tucker
Kira Van Niel
Robert E. Wallace
Keith Williamson
Dr. Karl Wilson
Donald L. Wolff
Col. William H. Young
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U R B A N L E A G U E O F M E T R O P O L I TA N S T. L O U I S
COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS 2011
AD HOC COMMITTEE
ON BY-LAWS
CHAIRPERSON’S COUNCIL
COMMITTEE
MARK LEVISON
CHAIRPERSON
STEPHEN C. JONES
CHAIRPERSON
ROBERT E. WALLACE
VICE CHAIRPERSON
Robert E. Bell
Frankie M. Freeman
Jo Ann Arnold
John Moten, Jr.
Todd Schnuck
Robert E. Wallace
Donald L. Wolff
Col. William H. Young
Richard Banks
Jack Carey
Frankie M. Freeman
Stephen C. Jones
Keith Williamson
Donald L. Wolff
ANNUAL DINNER MEETING AND
AWARDS COMMITTEE
FRANKIE EICHENBERGER
CHAIRPERSON
KEITH WILLIAMSON, VICE
CHAIRPERSON
Terrell Anderson
Lynn Beall
Kinsella Berry
Karen Davis
Jocyln Ezell
Johnny Furr
Rev. Hillard Martin
Emily Pitts
Dr. Constance T. Rockingham
AUDIT FINANCE COMMITTEE
COL. WILLIAM H. YOUNG,
CHAIRPERSON
WILLIAM RUSNACK, VICE
CHAIRPERSON
Frankie Eichenberger
Stephen C. Jones
Roman Kulich
John Moten, Jr.
Steve Sullivan
Royce Sutton
Robert E. Wallace
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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION
COMMITTEE
DR. KARL WILSON
CHAIRPERSON
Judy Bentley
Melanie Dileo
Deborah Dupree
Randall C. Edgell, M.D.
Jocelyn Ezell
Francella Jackson
Rev. Hillard Martin
Sandra Moore
Dan Paquin
Norman Seay
Rev. E.G. Shields
Patrick Smith
Michelle Tucker
DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
Patrick Mcnamee
Tony Moise
Eric Rhone
Mike Rohan
Royce Sutton
Michelle Tucker
Kira Van Niel
Keith Williamson
EDUCATION COMMITTEE
JOHN LYDAY
CHAIRPERSON
DR. ELIZABETH STROBLE
VICE CHAIRPERSON
Heather Bostic
Michael Burns
Dr. Nina D. Caldwell
Bryan Daniels
Lesile Doyle
Howard Franklin
Dr. Henry Givens
Dr. Dennis Golden
Frank Hamsher
Flossie Henderson
Debra Hollingsworth
Carolyn Ikepema
Evan Krauss
Susan Mcknight
Dr. John Peiper
Latrina Rogers
Genesis Steele
Christine Winfield
Ted Wohlfarth
ED HIGGINS
CHAIRPERSON
EMPLOYMENT, ECONOMIC
DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
EMILY PITTS
VICE CHAIRPERSON
DR. JOHN SISCEL
CHAIRPERSON
Steven M. Barney
Lynn Beall
Oscar Berryman
Kelly Dopman
Vanessa Elliott
Johnny Furr
Tom Irwin
Allan Ivie, Iv
Ann Marr
STEVEN SULLIVAN
VICE CHAIRPERSON
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Mcdonald Carheel
Patricia Coleman
Wayne Flesch
Sam Gradford
Brian Grant
Eric Henderson
Kim King
Lisa Lewis
Dan Paquin
Jim Olsen
Judy Ricks
Dorothea Scott
Wale Soluade
Keith Turner
Samone Word
JO ANN ARNOLD
VICE CHAIRMAN
Keyonna Fields
Torrianna Hardman
Khalilah Henderson
Michael Henderson
Julienna Hughes
Deidra Johnson
Jennifer Kelly
Shelly King
Tanisha Moore
Mia Perry
Philice Smallwood
Jilayne Thompson
Shane’ Walker
Blare Watkins
Michaela Webster
Sam Webster
Kandis Young
COL. WILLIAM H. YOUNG
TREASURER
HOUSING COMMITTEE
EDWARD HIGGINS
SECRETARY
TONY MOISE
CHAIRPERSON
MARK LEVISON
GENERAL COUNSEL
KAREN DAVIS
VICE CHAIRPERSON
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
DEBRA DENHAM
CHAIRMAN
Steven M. Barney
Frankie Eichenberger
Frank Hamsher
John Lyday
Richard Miles
Tony Moise
John Moten, Jr.
Todd Schnuck
Bryan Scott
Dr. John Siscel
Robert E. Wallace
Dr. Karl Wilson
Col. William H. Young
Rabbi Randy Fleisher
Harry Hilburg
Sister Julia Huiskamp
Tom Irwin
Sharon F. Johnson
Climmie Laney
Sandra Moore
Bill Pittman
Darlene Rich
Randy Weller
HUMAN RESOURCES
COMMITTEE
HEAD START POLICY
COMMITTEE
STEVEN M. BARNEY
CHAIRPERSON
TIFFANY POWELL
CHAIRPERSON
RICHARD MILES
VICE CHAIRPERSON
WHITNEY BRYANT
VICE CHAIRPERSON
ROBIN GARDNER
TREASURER
Ed Adams
Kathi Chestnut
Vanessa Keith
Leo H. Ming, Jr.
Andrew Stroud
DORITHA TAYLOR
SECRETARY
MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE
MELVINA GREEN
SERGEANT AT ARMS
BRYAN SCOTT
CHAIRPERSON
Michael Burns
Sateck Delaney
DR. CONSTANCE ROCKINGHAM
VICE CHAIRPERSON
Vanessa Elliott
Frankie M. Freeman
Rev. Sammie Jones
Rev. Hillard Martin
Rev. E.G. Shields
Kelvin Taylor
Kira Van Niel
MIS COMMITTEE
ARMANDO SILICEO-ROMAN
CHAIRPERSON
Nash Anwar
Wm. Ken Freeman
Eric Hutchinson
Steve Pautz
Pierre J. Robinson
Scott Schaffer
NOMINATING COMMITTEE
STEPHEN C. JONES
CHAIRPERSON
KATHY OSBORN
VICE CHAIRPERSON
Robert Bell
Tom Irwin
John Moten, Jr.
Todd Schnuck
Donald L. Wolff
Col. William H. Young
PUBLIC RELATIONS COMMITTEE
FRANK HAMSHER
CHAIRPERSON
RICHARD EICHWALD,
VICE CHAIRPERSON
Myrtle Bailey
Lynn Beall
Robin Boyce
Merdean Gales
Astrid Garcia
Kevin Jones
Courtney Jordan
Kenya Leonard
Chris Pickel
Eric Rhone
Mike Rohan
Ellen Sherberg
Dr. Donald Suggs
Shira Truitt
Kendra Worley
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EMPLOYEES
PRESIDENT’S OFFICE
JAMES H. BUFORD
PRESIDENT/CEO
ALICIA BAMS
DIRECTOR, PRESIDENTIAL SERVICES
CHARLINE SMITH
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
DEPARTMENT ADMINISTRATIVE
SERVICES
ANITA HUCKLA
BRENDA WRENCH
STAFF ACCOUNTANT
ACCOUNTING MANAGER
TERESA CLICK
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
JENNELLE JAMES
TANYICE DAVIS
DIRECTOR, FINANCIAL REPORTING
EXECUTIVE ASST. TO COO
SHARON JORDAN
LORI BURCH
STAFF ACCOUNTANT
DEVELOPMENT
CHIEF FISCAL OFFICER
SAMUEL DARROUGH
STEVE NIENKAMP
JR., STAFF ACCT.
BARBARA BOWMAN
VICE PRESIDENT, HR
BRENDA TILLMAN
VICE PRESIDENT OF DEVELOPMENT
MELANIE CHAMBERS
STAFF ACCOUNTANT
ELANDRA DILLARD
HR DIRECTOR
MELISSA EVANS
KENNEDY AGUTU
LEAD ACCOUNTS PAYABLE
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT
COMMUNICATIONS
ANGELIA D. BILLS
VICE PRESIDENT OF COMMUNICATIONS
HELP DESK TECH
TAMEKA DAVIS
KIMBERLY FREESTONE
RECEPTIONIST
SR. ACCT.
RODNEY WILLIAMS
KATHI HADLEY
MAINTENANCE SUPERVISOR
ACCTS. PAYABLE
LOVELL JACMOND
CUSTODIAN
VICTORIA REAVES
WEATHERIZATION / LIHEAP
DIVISIONAL VICE PRESIDENT
Kila-Tamika Chambers, Admin. Asst.
Shelly Mcclendon, Asst. Director, Wx
ST. LOUIS CITY REGION
LINDA HARRIS
DIVISION OPERATING OFFICER
COMMUNITY OUTREACH /
ORGANIZATION
Hosea Jackson, Co Specialist
Dominique Lark, Comm Health
Liaison
HOUSING
Eric Madkins, Division
Operating Officer
Paula Carey, Lead Housing Counselor
Quenesha Catron, Housing
Counselor
Cheryl Johnson, Housing Counselor
Rita Mickens, Housing Counselor
Raquel Peters, Receptionist
Vilma Rivera, Housing Counselor
Lavitta Shelton, Housing Counselor
Patrice Spence, Housing Counselor
Torease Rossell, Intake Spec
EMPLOYMENT
Sharon Johnson, Director of
Employment /Business Training Ctr.
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David Averbeck, Energy Auditor
Connie Backfish, Liheap Supervisor
Louise A. Ball, Liheap App Proc
Elizabeth Barry, Production Spec
William Berry, App Proc
Randen Click, Liheap App Proc
Doneisha Edmonds, Liheap App Proc
Shawn Edwards, Liheap App Proc
Bridgett Fleming, Liheap App Proc
Terrence Green, Liheap App Proc
Joseph Hall, Liheap App Proc
Debra Hambrick, Liheap App Proc
April Harris, Liheap App Proc
Bridget James, Liheap App Proc
Janelle Mack, Liheap App Proc
Tonya Mayo, Liheap App Proc
Sandra Parham, Liheap App Proc
Janet Richards, App Proc
Candice Spears, App Proc
Jerri Winters, App Proc
Erica Rogers, Case Manager
Fred Shelton, Intake/Rec. Spec.
George Calkins, Energy Auditor
Larry Crenshaw, Energy Auditor
Melissa Davenport, Wx Program Asst.
URBAN LEAGUE OF METROPOLITAN ST. LOUIS / 2011 YEAR IN REVIEW
Timothy Dolan, Wx Dir, Field Svcs.
Yvonne Fisher, Finalist 3Rd Tier
Anthony Freeman, Energy Auditor
De’andre Hampton, Audit Supervisor
Cedric Hardin, Sr. Energy Auditor
Jack Howard, Finals Supervisor
Eddie Huggins, Energy Auditor
Keith Jones, Asst. Director Field Svcs.
Rita Jones, Wx Sched. Asst. Mario Marshall, Energy Auditor
Sacretta Nicholson, Intake Spec
Sandra Nobles, Audit Reviewer
Bud Price, Finals Inspector
Marvin Roberts, Energy Auditor
Joe Roth, Special Projects Manager
Orlando Simms, Auditor Tier 3
Christ Simos, Auditor Tier 3
Adam Smith, Audit Supervisor
Connie Taylor, Marketing Mgr
Otha Thompson Iii, Auditor Tier
Cecilia Washington, Energy Auditor
ST. LOUIS COUNTY REGION
DONNA WEGNER
DIVISION OPERATING OFFICER
COMMUNITY OUTREACH CENTER,
COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION
Retasha Smith, Co Spec.
HOUSING EMPLOYMENT
Hollis R. Whiting, Employment
Director
BUSINESS TRAINING CENTER
Anita Redmond, Btc Instructor
Alvin Harris, Custodian
WORKFORCE INVESTMENT ACT/
JAG
Everett Stuckey, Vice President,
Wia/Jag Herta Shikapwashya, Division
Operating Officer
Kofi K. Ansa, Director, Wia
Youth Services
Shawn Coleman, Case Manager
Calvin Nelson, Case Manager
Darryl Colvin, Case Manager
Joann Smith, Case Manager
Lisa Smith, Case Manager
Bradford Tillis, Job Developer
Monique Williams-Moore, Job
Developer
Carmen Clark,Wia Program
Assistant
JOBS FOR AMERICA’S GRADUATES
Cynthia Wilson, Jag Proj. Manager
Roderic Marshall, Jag Spec.
Tommie Pillers, Jag Spec
Cornelius Robinson, Jr., Jag
ST. CLAIR COUNTY REGION
HOUSING
Larry Gardner, Director Of Housing
Gloristine Sanders, Housing
Specialist
Antoinette Newsome, Co Spec
Roderick Bates, Custodian
Samantha Brown, Asst. Teacher
Patricia Buchanan, Asst Teacher
J’aysha Chambers, Fsw
Patricia Collins, Asst. Teacher
Pamela Current, Asst. Teacher
Carla Deboe, Nutrition Coord
Betty Downs, Teacher
Lakeisha Fields, Fsw
Virginia Gray, Teacher
Larry Greene, Custodian
Voltaire Gregory, Asst. Teacher
Karen Harrington, Teacher
Indria Harris, Lead Fsw
Ronetta Harris, Asst. Teacher
Anthony Holmes, Jr., Teacher
Katina Hudson, Teacher
Lashawna Hunter, Fsw
Christina Jefferson, Asst. Teacher
Kia Jeffrey, Early Childhood
Coord.
Latricesha Jones, Teacher
Michelle Lemee, Teacher
Monica Lewis, Asst. Teacher
Patti Madonna, Teacher
Tracy Mayberry, Asst. Teacher
Adrienne Myles, Nutrition Aide
Nicole Pettaway, Teacher
Rhoda Rice, Fsw
Trina Robnett, Asst. Teacher
Camille Rutledge, Asst. Teacher
Dwana Smith, Asst. Teacher
Wendy Solomon-Townsend, Fsw
Regina Tate, Data Entry/Sec.
Ronda Walter, Teacher
Michelle Washington, Nutrition Aide
Estella Williams, Teacher
Arlene Woods, Asst. Teacher
HEAD START
Hazel Mallory Director, Head Start
Mary Hairston, Asst. Director
Ruby Sims, Parent Involvement,
Coordinator
James Smith, Mh/D/T Services
Coordinator
Tiana Kimbrow, Health Services
Coord.
Debora Whiteside, Mis Coord
Mollie Dees, Executive, Assistant
ST. LOUIS COUNTY HEAD START
CENTER
Angela Henderson-Brown,
Center Coordinator
Erika Caradine, Asst. Center
Coord.
David Baker, Asst. Teacher
N. SPRING HEAD START CENTER
Pamela Williams, Center
Coordinator
Roszetta Blalock, Asst. Teacher
Sheila Brady-Herndon, Data
Entry/Secretary
Victoria Davison, Asst. Teacher
Lisa Davis, Asst. Teacher
Beatriz Escalera, Teacher
Shantana Goodwin-Payne, Asst.
Teacher
Vera Howard, Fsw
Kandis Hart, Nutrition Aide
Angela King, Teacher
Evelyn Lee, Asst. Teacher
Kimberly Mcnutt, Teacher
Jerry Medcalf, Custodian
Vernita Miller, Asst. Teacher
Teresa Nevitt, Asst. Teacher
Candace Reid, Asst. Teach
Annette Robinson, Asst. Teacher
Delores Spinks, Lead Teacher
Donna Washington, Ass Teacher
Danielle Wade, Fsw
Dana Watts, Lead Teacher
Sherlette Wright-Lomax, Teacher
MLK HEAD START CENTER
Cherie Newberry, Center Coord.
Franzetta Woods-Jackson , Teacher
Brenda Helm, Data Entry, Secretary
Shandonika Hill, Asst. Teacher
Yolanda Kemp, Teacher
Elijah Lampkin, Custodian
Shakira Mccoy, Asst. Teacher
Vernita Miller, Asst. Teacher
Sadia Mohamed, Asst. Teacher
Yasmina Pickett, Teacher
Kimberly Robinson, Asst. Teacher
Sheri Robinson, Fsw
Timika Robinson, Teacher
Annette Smoote, Teacher
Rhonda Strong, Teacher
Rhonda Taylor, Asst. Teacher
Sharon Thigpen-Harris, Nutrition Aide
Peggy Thomas, Teacher
Jerrie Tucker, Asst. Teacher
Tammi Wilkerson, Asst. Teacher
Larrine Word, Assistant Teacher
Mt. Zion Head Start Center
Pam Cross, Center Coordinator
Dellaphine Arrington, Data Entry
Secretary
Takisha Duncan, Asst. Teacher
Sheila Elam, Teacher
Lavonda Hopkins, Asst. Teacher
Benita Ivy-Khonsubey, Asst.
Teacher
Elizabeth Jackson, Asst. Teacher
Beverly Lyons, Asst. Teacher
Jacqueline Marshall, Asst. Teacher
Sharon Mcguirk, Asst.Teac
Lawanda Powell, Fsw
URBAN
URBAN LEAGUE
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2011 YEAR
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2011 FINANCIAL STATEMENT
SUPPORT & REVENUE
EXPENSES
PUBLIC SUPPORT
PROGRAM SERVICES
CONTRIBUTIONS..... . . . . . . . . . . . $1,135,073
EDUCATION. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $7,689,172
IN KIND CONTRIBUTIONS. . . . . . . $1,814,008
ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT. . . $10,599,017
MEMBERSHIPS........ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $14,100
BASIC NEEDS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2,775,897
SPECIAL EVENTS..... . . . . . . . . . . . . . $201,806
(NET OF EXPENSES)
UNITED WAY OF GREATER. . . . . . . $1,249,902
ST. LOUIS
TOTAL PROGRAM SERVICES. . $21,064,086
SUPPORTIVE SERVICES
TOTAL PUBLIC SUPPORT. . . . . . . $4,414,889
TOTAL SUPPORTIVE SERVICES. . . $565,202
GOVERNMENT GRANTS
TOTAL GRANTS....... . . . . . . . . . $18,531,905
FUNDRAISING SERVICES
TOTAL FUNDRAISING SERVICES. . $291,540
OTHER
INVESTMENTS....... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $13,941
TOTAL EXPENSES. . . . . $21,920,828
OTHER
MISCELLANEOUS..... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2,175
TOTAL OTHER........ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $16,116
TOTAL SUPPORT & REVENUE. . . . . $22,962,910
REVENUE LESS EXPENSE. . . . . . . $1,042,082
FAS 158 PENSION. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,077,981
CHANGE IN NET ASSET. . . . . . . . . . ($35,899)
UNDESIGNATED NET. . . . . . . . . . . . . . $629,995
ASSETS AT 12/31/11
* UNAUDITED
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URBAN LEAGUE OF METROPOLITAN ST. LOUIS
SITE LOCATIONS
AGENCY HEADQUARTERS
3701 Grandel Square
St. Louis,MO 63108
(314) 615-3600
www.ulstl.org
FANNIE MAE MORTGAGE
HELP CENTER
222 S. Central, Suite 402
St. Louis, MO 63105
(866) 442-9375
ST. CLAIR COUNTY OPERATIONS
1401 E. Broadway
East St. Louis, IL 62201
(618) 274-1150
HEAD START CENTERS
ST. LOUIS COUNTY OPERATIONS
8960 Jennings Station Rd.
Jennings,MO 63136
(314) 388-9840
VAUGHN CULTURAL CENTER
3701 Grandel Square
St. Louis,MO 63108
(314) 615-3600
WORKFORCE INVESTMENT
ACT YOUTH PROGRAM
JOBS FOR MISSOURI GRADUATES
Missouri Career Center
26 North Oaks Plaza
St. Louis,MO 63121
(314) 679-3500
Head Start Headquarters
8964 Jennings Station Rd.
Jennings,MO 63136
(314) 867-9100
NORTH SPRING DIVISION
911 N. Spring
ST. Louis,MO 63108
(314) 652-2406
MT. ZION DIVISION
1440 S. Compton
St. Louis,MO 63104
(314) 773-0733
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DIVISION
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St. Louis,MO 63112
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