Last Updated: March 19th, 2020
Resources for Our Community
During this difficult time, many people in our community are looking for resources. From how to replace school lunches to how to manage anxiety to how to find e-learning opportunities, people across the region have questions.
We thought this resource list may be helpful for you.
One of the most urgent questions we get is how to help our region's children who rely upon reduced or free lunches. Dr. Sam knows firsthand just how important school lunches are for kids. You may not know, but as a boy growing up in a single-parent household in Southern Missouri, he got reduced lunches. ALL OUR KIDS is a new collaborative effort that will ensure students in the St. Louis region have access to healthy and nutritious meals. Please check the ALL OUR KIDS website here for regional sites.
- ALL OUR KIDS is a collaborative effort to ensure all students in the St. Louis region continue to have access to healthy and nutritious meals. "Grab and Go" breakfast and lunch meals will be available while school is not in session. Check the ALL OUR KIDS website for locations and hours by clicking here.
- The St. Louis Area Food-bank has a pantry finder, which will help you find pantries within your zip code: https://stlfoodbank.org/programs-services/find-food/
- The United Way has created a COVID-19 resource page for area offerings: http://www.211helps.org/covid-19-where-to-turn/
- Mercy Neighborhood Resources has a list of service providers as well as food pantries; you can find that here.
- Some area businesses, like Crazy Bowls and Wraps in Florrisant and Ferguson, will be providing meals for kids. You can find more details here.
- Charter is offering free access to spectrum broadband and wi-fi for families with school-aged children. Details at their website here.
- Ameren is suspending all disconnections for non-payment and forgiving any late payment fees for residential and business customers. Details at their website here.
- Spire is suspending all disconnections and late fees until May 1. See their announcement here.
- MO American Water is suspending disconnects and reconnecting those who are currently shut off.
- Heat UP STL: www.heatupstlouis.org
- Urban League: 314-615-3640
- Salvation Army: 314-646-3000
- Community Action Agency: 314-863-0015
- United Way: 211, 1-800-427-4626; their COVID-19 dedicated page has additional information: http://www.211helps.org/covid-19-where-to-turn/
MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES:
- Care for Your Virus Anxiety: Partnership between Mental Health America and Shine to provide a vetted "mental health toolkit" including research-backed and helpful tools for you—articles, meditations, access to mental health experts, anxiety screenings, and more. https://www.virusanxiety.com/
- Youth In Need: Youth in need can access help 24 hours a day at the St. Louis County Youth Connection Helpline at 314-628-2929. Telehealth counseling options have been implemented due to COVID-19. www.youthinneed.org
- KUTO (Kids Under TwentyOne) Crisis Helpline: Youth friendly 24/7 crisis hotline. (314/888)644.5886 www.kuto.org
- Safe Connections: Free individual and group counseling for women who have experienced domestic violence, sexual assault or childhood sexual abuse; 24-hour crisis hotline: 314-531-2003 https://safeconnections.org/adult-services/
- Domestic Violence and Rape Hotline: 800.392.0210
- Behavioral Health Response: Confidential telephone counseling to people in mental health crises as well as mobile outreach services, community referral services and critical incident stress management (CISM). 1.800.811.4760 (hotline) http://bhrstl.org
- Life Crisis-Suicide/Crisis Hotline: 314.647.4357
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1.800.273.TALK (8255)
- Hopeline Network: 1.800.SUICIDE (784.2433)
- Mid-Missouri Crisis Line: 1.888.761.4357 or text “HAND” to 839863
- SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline: 24/7, 365-day-a- year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters. (800) 985- 5990
FREE EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES AND WEBSITES
You probably know that our St. Louis County libraries have world-class electronic resources that include movies, music, e-books and e-learning. For parents of school-aged kids, we've included links to websites with lesson plans, educational games, and ebooks. And for kids of all ages, we've included links to the park systems in St. Louis County and the surrounding areas.
STL County Library online learning and digital downloads
- All available for free at www.slcl.org/emedia
- Hoopla: ebooks, audiobooks, movies, videos and music.
- Overdrive for adults: ebooks, audiobooks, movies and videos for adults.
- Overdrive for kids: ebooks, audiobooks, movies and videos for kids.
- Overdrive for teens: ebooks, audiobooks, movies and videos for teens.
- Tumblebooks: ebooks
- Flipster: magazines
- Kanopy: movies
- RBdigital: audiobooks and magazines
- EBSCO ebooks: ebooks
- Biblioboard: ebooks and music
- All available for free at www.slcl.org/ecourses
- Lynda.com: video tutorials on software, technology, business
- Creativebug: 1,000 art and craft video classes for adults and kids
- Gale courses: Interactive, instructor-led courses that you can take entirely online
- LearningExpress Library: Access to more than 800 tutorials, practice exams and ebooks for academic and career advancement
- Mango: Mango languages: access to 60+ foreign language courses and 17 English courses taught completely in the user’s native language
- Driving-Tests.org: practice for your DMV test using these online tools
RESOURCES FOR PARENTS (INCLUDING E-LEARNING TOOLS)
E-LEARNING RESOURCES/WEBSITES: NOTE THAT CHARTER IS OFFERING FREE BROADBAND AND WIFI FOR FAMILIES WITH SCHOOL-AGED OR COLLEGE-AGED CHILDREN. LEARN MORE AT CHARTER'S WEBSITE HERE.
WEBSITES WITH LESSON PLANS
We know this is a stressful and fast-moving situation, and we're doing our best to share resources we think may help you and your family. We'll be updating this list with additional resources, so please check back regularly. What resources do you know about? Please comment and share with the community!
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