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Catholic Urban Programs Selected by the United Way of Greater St. Louis as a Safety Net Organization
The team at Catholic Urban Programs is delighted to announce that the United Way of Greater St. Louis has chosen us as a 2021-2023 Safety Net organization. We are grateful to the team at the United Way for their investment in our work. The United Way of Greater St. Louis invested three years and a team of experts in doing in-depth research to identify the greatest needs in our community on a county-by-county basis. In St. Clair County, CUP’s focus areas of crisis intervention, housing security, and out of school time programming were identified among the top priority needs.
“This is such an exciting time for Catholic Urban Programs,” said Toni Muhammad, Executive Director. “I am so grateful to the United Way for entrusting our organization with this level of support and for recognizing us as a vital safety net organization in the St. Louis region.”
We will know more about the level of funding we receive after the United Way campaign winds down in November. We encourage our supporters to support the United Way’s fall campaign!
On June 3rd State Farm Agents from the St. Clair County area joined forces to contribute $20,000 to Catholic Urban Programs’ utility and food support programs to assist families experiencing hardships in these unprecedented times. We enjoyed having several agents visit for a check presentation and tour of our food pantry. The company’s tagline could not be more true: “Like a Good Neighbor, State Farm is there.” Our thanks to the following agents: Dave Raetz, Tony White, Steve Knapp, Katherine Frazier, Dave Threlkeld, Dave Slimack, Doreen Jordan, Rob Isringhausen, Carol Compton-Mcdonald, Mike Morrill, Elisa Hager, Kate Elder, and Aaron Fields.
Catholic Urban Programs celebrated the one-year anniversary of our relationship with Allsup Charitable Services (ACS) earlier this month. We are grateful to Jim Allsup for gifting Catholic Urban Programs with the business consultative services of this talented team. Even in the midst of the pandemic, our work in key areas of strategic planning, data analysis, human resource management, process mapping and more has continued. With a motto of “Your Mission, Our Time” the team at ACS has made a huge difference at CUP! Their in-kind business consultative services and friendship mean everything to us! We were able to surprise the ACS team with the video below via a Microsoft Teams call.
Located at Highway 157 and Vieux Carre, the newly renamed “HUB” is short for “Hubbard” and also represents the services delivered in this facility: (H)ousing, (U)tilities, (B)asic Needs. “As we move forward into our new fiscal year, we do so with renewed purpose, aligned programs, and always with the legacy of our founders in mind,” said Toni Muhammad, Executive Director. “In our planning process something just clicked and we knew ‘The HUB’ was the perfect name for our facility and a great way to honor Joe Hubbard!”
Known mostly for our food pantry and utility assistance programs, The HUB will soon become home to our new ANCHORS Housing Navigation Resource Center. Long planned for a July 1st launch, CUP staff is working to revise its plans to accommodate as much virtual engagement as possible. Workshops on utility management, landlord/tenant rights, and budgeting are currently being planned virtually. Stay tuned for more information about the new ANCHORS program!
Catholic Urban Programs
P.O. Box 3310
East St. Louis, IL 62203