Human Development Corporation of
Metropolitan St. Louis
has closed it's doors and
is no longer a Community Action Agency!
211 or go to
CAASTLC for assistance.
HDC was a private nonprofit organization, dedicated to the development and promotion
of human dignity and self-sufficiency.
Here are a few of the lives we have changed!
Community Action Voice Mail
“…One of the requirements of gaining custody of my
children is that I must be able to be contacted 24 hours a day, 7
days a week by their case worker. Voice mail made that
“...able to reach client that used to be
unreachable”, “....able to communicate with case worker”
“I really needed that voice mail box and I will
tell anyone who asks me that this program works and it’s very
important to have it.”
“I had a cell phone, but it would be disconnected
at different times because I didn’t have the money to pay the bill.”
CAVM is free.
“She used that number to keep in touch with me and
some of her close friends with out her abuser being able to find her
based on the phone number. He can’t call information (411) to
find her number or trace it back to a building or house.”
Support through Partnership
the time xxxx came to HDC, she was leaving in a shelter with her two
children. She was in need of a job and counseling. We referred her to
counseling and provided her with job referrals. Therefore, she has found
herself a job and she is back with her family. Her two children are very
family has two boys and one girl. The girl has cerebral palsy. She has
been a client with HDC for a long time. The family has received many
services from HDC such as help with taxes, W-7, translation of
letters, the boys have participated in Springboard and she also has
taken ESL classes. Consequently, she has obtained an increase in
salary and has been promoted.
family has three children. They are refugee from Colombia. They came
to HDC to receive many services such as energy assistance, ESL
classes, Christmas stories, translations, assistance to obtain
unemployment; they were able to find jobs through our referrals. Mrs.
xxxx and son work at xxxx Manufacturing and Mr. xxxx with a Cleaning
Company. They also received a refrigerator donated through St. Vincent
family is refugee from Africa. xxxx and his wife have seven children.
They came to HDC to obtain energy assistance. At the time, their gas
bill was in disconnection notice. We provided them with energy
assistance during the winter/spring months. One of there children also
participated in the Springboard Program, and now he is back at school.
Xxxx is back to work as a taxi driver
from Mexican origin came to HDC to get help to process their W-7 (ITIN).
They also needed help in correcting the names on their child birth
certificate, the wife’s last name was spelt wrongly at the hospital
and as a result the child’s birth certificate also. The language
barrier, not knowing the U.S. system and how it works, they needed
provided the necessary advice to get a court order to correct the
name, later we processed the necessary paper work with Vital Records.
Later, they also decided to get married; we helped them to get a
marriage license at the City Hall. The sent us a picture with the
marriage certificate and a thank you note, and now they work at a
restaurant, their daughter goes to school, and they are taking ESL
Judge Theodore McMillian Family Technology Training
A woman and her daughter came to learn
computer basics. The mother returned to learn more. She bought a
digital camera and brought it in, sill in the box and asked to be
taught how to use it. Later she explained that she had a business
arranging flowers and wanted to know how to create brochures and
fliers with the pictures she had been taking. We showed her how to use
publisher and she worked on her project steadily for weeks. Later she
wanted to learn about web site creation so that she could display her
pictures on the Internet and grow her business so we taught her how
and she did it.
One parent of a 14yr old that had just
completed our Springboard 80hr computer summer camp. She told me about
her son’s learning disability and how up until our computer classes,
he had never before come home so full of enthusiasm. He had to tell
everything they did that day and every day. He would study by choice
for a change. She wanted to know what other continuing computer
education we had planned. She wanted her son to ride the wave.
"One woman had 4 children she was trying to
support. Due to the untimely death of her boyfriend, who
provided financial support, she was forced to apply for TANF.
Also at that time, she had learned of the death of 3 other close
friends/family members and this contributed to a lot of stress. She
says that because of the help she received in the Family Support
Program, she was able to sort things out. She has found housing
as a part of the Stable Homes for Academic Achievement Program.
She studied and received her GED and she plans to apply for Nursing
School after the birth of her baby. She called me and said, “Guess
what? I got my GED. You’re the second person I called!”
Ms. xxxx is a proud grandmother of 7
grandchildren that are in her custody. When she came to HDC, she
needed lots of help with sorting things out. She was new at the
“custodial grandparent role” and was looking for support. She
immediately joined the Grandparents Support Group and in doing so, she
learned about Family Support, the Transportation Program, Stable Homes
for Academic Achievement, and the GED program. “Five years ago, I
wouldn’t have imagined that this would be the path that I would have
to take. Now, I am doing so much better because of the support HDC
has given me in so, so many ways.” She has received a
vehicle from the Transportation Program. She gets rental
assistance from the Stable Homes for Academic Achievement Program.
She participated in the 100 Neediest Cases Christmas Program and she
is diligently attending GED classes.
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