As part of Parents as Teachers National Center’s (PATNC) efforts to partner with local organizations and funders, its Show Me Strong Families (SMSF) affiliate has become a United Way safety net fund recipient. Over the next three years, SMSF will receive funds to help serve nearly 250 families in stressed and underserved communities in the City of St. Louis and parts of north St. Louis County.
PATNC joins the broad network of agencies in the 16-county region served by the United Way of Greater St. Louis that have been recognized as high-performing nonprofit organizations with a desire for collaboration around needs and solutions, as well as demonstrating a focus on racial equity, and strong outcomes for program participants.
“We look forward to the many collaborative opportunities this new recognition brings us across the region, and to continuing to provide much-needed parenting education and support to SMSF families,” said PATNC’s Alison Gee, vice president of Government & Community Engagement.
SMSF serves families living in some of the most under-resourced communities in the City of St. Louis and north St. Louis County. Ninety percent of the families served are African American and most are low-income. Almost half of the parents enrolled in SMSF are teen parents, one-third live in transitional housing, and one quarter report low educational attainment.