Myron Gray, CCAP, NCRT

Executive Director

4020 St. Louis Avenue

St. Louis, Missouri 63107

 

Phone:  (314) 652-9196

Facsimile:  (314) 652-5451

 

*Email: myrongray@giacdc.org 

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COMMUNITY PROGRAMS

FOUNDATION OF EXCELLENCE -Tutoring After School

Foundation of Excellence tutoring is an after school program, which targets literacy problems that children in grades 2-5 are experiencing. Tutoring for Reading Components consist of:

  • Beginning Evaluation of the child’s reading level, using the evidence based proven Reading Inventory (RI) tool and input from teachers and parents.

  • Tutoring three times a week.

  • Student to teacher ratio: 3-2

  • One-to-one specialized guided instructions

  • Interim 8 weeks and end school year evaluations

  • Parent/Guardian coordination, once a month

  • Field Trips

WOMEN OF GRACE - Domestic and Sexual Violence

Services offered for Domestic and Sexual Violence victims:

  • Crisis Intervention

  • Case Management

  • Adult Group Sessions

  • Teen Group Sessions

  • Therapy/Counseling Sessions with licensed therapist

  • Safe at Home

  • Hotel/Motel Assistance

  • Member of the Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (MCADSV). (573-634-4161)

Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention

This program is administered to middle and high school students.
    .    Dating violence is a widespread issue that has serious long-term and short-term effects. Many teens do not report it because they are afraid to tell friends and family.
    .    Among high school students who dated, 21% of females and 10% of males experienced physical and/ or sexual dating violence (National Center for Injury Prevention and Control).
THE PROJECT

In 2001, the leadership of the Lively Stone Church of God celebrated 62 years of service to St. Louis City. A tax-exempt organization, God Is Able (GIA) Community Development Corporation was founded. The organization would leverage Lively Stone’s reputation as an enduring community institution to address widespread poverty and other support services to under represented families in the area. It would also replace traditional community outreach efforts used by faith-based organizations with research-based programming, formal structure and measurable outcomes common to non-profit work. GIA’s foremost goal is to “renew the spirit of the community and improve the quality of life for all through economic revitalization, critical support services and lifelong learning.

Initially, GIA rendered services to the immediate neighborhoods. These services were known as day care, free summer camp, Young Women In Action, Boys to Men, the food pantry,Warm N’ Fuzzy winter coats given to Farragut Elementary, Turner and Williams Middle Education Centers.

THE HARD TRUTH

Occupying 63107, 63113 and 63115, the Villes have the 11th lowest median income out of the 138 zip codes in the City of St. Louis. Youth in the Villes are twice as likely to drop out of high school compared to other Missourians. Additionally, their parents endure an unemployment rate that is six percent higher than the national average. The Villes Crime Index is amongst the highest in the city. Access to affordable healthcare and clean green space is also very limited.

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