Always Best Care Senior Services of Weldon Spring www.alwaysbestcarestcharles.com (636) 329-9030

Caring For Your Loved Ones and For You We Are Providing Community Care Programs: ‘Caring For The Caregiver’ Support Group, FREE RX Saver Program and: ‘Always In Touch (Complimentary Daily Phone Care-Check) -Please Contact Us Regarding These Services American Cancer Society www.cancer.org (314) 286-8100

American Heart Association www.americanheart.org (314) 692-5600 AHA builds healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Go Red For Women is the AHA’s program to make women aware of their risk for heart disease – the No.1 cause of death among women. Arthritis Foundation www.arthritis.org (314) 991-9333 Make a difference in the lives of nearly 46 million people who live with the daily pain of arthritis.

Blessing Basket www.blessingbasket.org (314)272-1250 We exist to eradicate poverty in third world countries by creating sustainable jobs and paying prosperity wages.

Boys Hope Girls Hope www.boyshopegirlshopestl.org (314) 692-7477 Helps academically capable and motivated children-in-need to achieve their full potential, by providing value-centered, family-like homes, opportunities and education.

Bridgeway Counseling Services www.bridgewaycounseling.com (636) 946-6854 crisis hot line (636) 757-2200 A non-profit organization specializing in treatment and services for domestic violence, sexual assault and addictive clients serving clients in eastern Missouri.

Card Care Connection: Card Care Connection is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing sympathetic messages and motivational cards to those who face cancer. The goal is to provide an uplifting message of hope to brighten the day of cancer patients. Through this program,volunteers from all over the United States create handmade paper crafting cards and care packages. The program is distributed free of charge to identified individuals who may benefit from support. For more information: www.cardcareconnection.com or contact Aleeza Granote This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (314) 477-0084.

Center for Women’s Ministries www.help-for-women.org (636) 536-1121 FREE counseling for women Support groups and Bible studies also available Connections to Success www.connectionstosuccess.org (314) 333-4490 Breaking the cycle of poverty one family at a time.

Consolare www.consolare.org (314) 289-5650 - Julie Lawson. A social venture of the Crime Victim Advocacy Center. Emmaus Homes www.emmaushomes.org (636) 534-5200 Lisa Drier, Executive Director Providing person-centered care to adults with developmental disabilities in a variety of residential settings and social/recreational activities for all ages and abilities.

The Ethical Society of St. Louis 9001 Clayton Rd. St. Louis, MO 63117 (314) 991-0955 www.ethicalstl.org Striving to be better people for a better world.

Wedding & commitment ceremonies Nursery & Sunday school. Support & social justice programs. Event & meeting space.

Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition www.foster-adopt.org (314) 367-8373 The Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition is a non-profit agency that strives to create permanency in foster children’s lives by recruiting and retaining foster/adoptive families.

Friends of Kathy J. Weinman Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence: A non-profit organization whose mission is to raise awareness and support for the Kathy J Weinman Shelter, the only shelter in St. Louis County for survivors of domestic violence. We provide help and create hope for women and children who need new lives free of violence and fear. For more information, call (314) 423-1117 or (877) 402-8797 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.friendsofweinman.org.

Jane Doe Advocacy Center www.janedoeadvocacy.org (314) 329-5339. Jane Doe provides legal services to survivors of sexual violence. Services are open to men and women, adults and children, regardless of income. LaLeche League LLL is an international, nonprofit, nonsectarian, organization dedicated to providing support, encouragement, information and education to women who want to breast feed. LLL of Greater St. Louis (314) 424-3000, LLL of Metro East Illinois (618) 321-6667.

Lydia’s House www.lydiashouse.org (314) 771-4411. St. Louis’ only provider of confidential furnished apartments for abused women and children for up to 24 months. National MS Society, Gateway Area Chapter www.gatewayMSsociety.org

Welcome to our Women’s Resource Page. This page is dedicated to providing information on local women’s groups,

chapters and organizations that would be beneficial to our readers.The Chapter provides comprehensive support services and educational programs to people with MS, their family and friends, and raises funds locally to support the National MS Society’s research initiatives. 1-800-344-4867

Nicotine Anonymous Nicotine Anonymous is a 12-step program, free and available to all seeking recovery from nicotine addiction, based on principals of AA. Weekly meetings at St. Luke’s Hospital, and other facilities. For further information call (314) 822-2066 or visit www.NicotineAnonymous.com

Nurses for Newborns Foundation www.nfnf.org (314) 544-3443 Cynthia Ackins, Development. We support families at risk by helping prevent infant mortality, child abuse and neglect through home-based programs that provide education, healthcare and parenting skills.

Safe Connections www.safeconnections.org (314) 646-7500 Susan Kidder, Executive Director (314) 531-2003 Crisis Helpline Our mission is to reduce the impact and incidence of relationship violence and sexual assault through education, crisis intervention, counseling and support services.

Share Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support, Inc. www.nationalshare.org (800) 821-6819. Our mission is to serve those whose lives are touched by the death of a baby through early pregnancy loss, stillbirth or in the first few months of life.

SCORE www.stlscore.org (314) 539- 6600 ext. 242. SCORE is a not-for-profit national association of active and retired business men and women, offering free business counseling via email, telephone or face-to-face meetings. Our objective is to help America’s small business grow and prosper.

SIDS Resources, Inc. www.sidsresources.org (800) 421-3511. We are a private, not-for-profit network that connects people to programs, services and information relating to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) in Missouri and surrounding counties. St. Louis Crisis Nursery www.crisisnurserykids.org (314) 292-5770 - 24 hour HELPLINE (314) 768-3201

The Nursery provides 24 hour short-term care for children, birth through age 12, whose families are faced with an emergency or crisis. Volunteers always needed! Support Dogs, Inc. www.supportdogs.org (314) 997-2325 A national not-for-profit organization that offers dignity, hope and independence by providing highly skilled service dogs to individuals with disabilities and uniquely trained therapy dogs to serve the community.

Susan G. Komen, Missouri Helen Chesnut, Executive Director (314) 569-3900. We are your community contact for all your breast health needs. From outreach and education, to funding life-saving mammograms, we support those affected by breast cancer. www.komenmissouri.org Welcome Club Gateway to Friendship Mary (636) 394-7043 Welcome Club is a social and charitable organization providing fun opportunities to meet new friends, interact with others and support local area charities.

West County Women’s Club -Member of General Federation of Women’s Clubs www.gfwcwestcounty.org. Marla Simons (636) 346-4220. Established in 1990 to foster friendships, and serve our community and Missouri Girls Town through volunteer activities and fund raisers.

Women in Charge www.womenincharge.org (314) 727-5515 Victoria Sharp. Heals the spirit, builds confidence, and educates women in need so that they may provide a better life for themselves and their children.

Women’s Place www.womansplacestl.org (314) 645-4848 Irma Kennebeck, MSW, Director - A safe place for women who have experienced violence. Crisis intervention, support groups, self-growth programs, and community education.

The Women’s Safe House www.twsh.org (314) 772-4535 Crisis Hotline; Sylvia Jackson, Executive Director Safe emergency shelter for domestic violence victims and their dependent children (infant to age 17 male and female).

YWCA Metro St. Louis www.ywcastlouis.org (314) 531-1115 Our mission is empowering women and eliminating racism. We offer transitional housing for homeless women, in-person crisis intervention and counseling for victims of sexual assault, leadership programs for youth, racial justice programs, before-and after-school care and Head Start/Early Head Start.

 

Mothers Against Drunk Driving will host their 5th annual Walk Like MADD Event in St. Louis on Sunday, May 7, 2017, in Creve Coeur Park. Walk Like MADD is a community-driven event that raises awareness about drunk driving and unites community members around MADD’s mission. Many who participate have a common bond; they or someone they know has been injured or killed by an impaired driver. Others who have not lost a loved one or had a loved one injured want to be part of a change and take a positive stand. Everyone who participates feels strongly about preventing drunk driving. All funds raised support programs to help those affected by drunk driving and to prevent this senseless tragedy. Last year, over 300 individuals participated. Every dollar raised remains in the community in which it was raised, enabling the Gateway Affiliate of Mothers Against Drunk Driving in St. Louis to provide victim services and prevention education at no cost. With every step taken and each dollar raised, walkers are supporting MADD’s lifesaving mission to keep our families and communities safe.

Who is MADD? Founded by a mother who lost her daughter in a crash, Mothers Against Drunk Driving® is the nation’s largest nonprofit working to protect families from drunk driving and underage drinking. Since 1980, MADD has nearly saved 300,000 lives and counting. Our mission is to stop drunk driving, support the victims of this violent crime and prevent underage drinking. What does MADD do? Because of the generosity of local corporations, foundations and individuals, MADD is able to continue their mission in and around the St. Louis area. With each donor dollar, MADD provides the following services and programs to the St. Louis community at NO CHARGE:

Victim Services Court accompaniment: Guidance and support in the court system and informing the victims of their rights.

Monthly Support Groups: An outlet for emotional healing Healing projects: A way for victims to honor their loved ones while also finding healing for themselves.

Candlelight Vigil of Hope and Healing and Crime Victims’ Rights Week ceremonies: Events to honor and remember the lives lost Law Enforcement Support Law Enforcement Recognition Event: An evening to recognize our local officials for putting their lives on the line to keep us safe and remove drunk drivers from our roadways Sobriety Checkpoints: Show our appreciation by providing refreshments to officers working to remove drunk drivers from our roadways.

Valuable information at Safety Fairs and Community Events Provide information to the public on the dangers of drunk driving and underage drinking. Arrange for victim speakers to speak at local schools to make an impact on the students and young adults on the ultimate consequences of drunk driving.

Conduct Victim Impact Panels to provide the community with the ‘perspective’ or insight of individuals whose lives have been affected by drunk driving.

The St. Louis Walk Like MADD was founded and is organized by Deborah Weinstein, who lost her son David to a drunk driver two days after Mothers’ Day and two days before his thirtieth birthday in 2011. The event is a competitive, professionally timed, and family-friendly 5K Run/Walk and MADD 1 Mile Dash. It will take place at Creve Coeur Park on Sunday May 7, 2017. Registration starts at 9am; the Run/Walk begins at 10am. For more information or to register go to www.walklikemadd.org/stlouis Please go to the video link https:// vimeo.com/118650664 to hear Deborah Weinstein discuss what MADD and the Walk Like MADD event mean to her.

 

by Debbie Josendale

What would St. Louis be like if everyone acted with a little more kindness? Karen Hoffman, renowned St. Louis entrepreneur and founder of Gateway to Dreams, believes St Louis would be a better place to live, do business, raise a family; and start a “kindness” ripple effect across the nation. “I believe that kindness is the most powerful action we can take towards one another. And it changes the world," says Karen. “Small things like holding a door for another, acknowledging the cashier, saying thank-you, work together to create a positive ripple effect.” Change St. Louis with Kindness… Sounds Like a Dream Does all of this seem like a dream? It is a dream, Karen’s dream. Karen is a dream champion, and that was the impetus to founding GatewaytoDreams. org. As a child, when Karen would hear people say “there is no way,” she always thought…there has to be a way. She became dedicated to breaking down that wall of negative thinking that quashes the light of hope. Karen believes everyone can get what they want when you say “Yes” to your dream. And then activate it through collaboration, connections, and positivity.

Since Gateway to Dreams opened five years ago, hundreds of people have used the resources and tools to make their dreams come true. Ovarian Cancer Sparked Karen’s Dream Now it’s Karen’s turn for her dream to come true. Karen picked February 2017 as the time to start the St. Louis Kindness Movement because it represents a significant milestone in her life. Twenty years ago in February 1997, Karen was diagnosed with Stage 3 Ovarian Cancer. It was a shock. Faced with the reality that she could die rattled her to the core. After treatment, Karen read the book Pay It Forward. Something in that book spoke deeply to her and amplified her purpose in this world…that we COULD change our world for the better by being more loving and kind. GatewaytoKindness.org is the beginning of Karen’s dream coming true. The next step is to encourage everyone to take the 28 Acts of Kindness in 2017 challenge. Challenge yourself to become more aware of acting with kindness and then take action at least 28 times in 2017. Her goal is to reach a minimum of 20,000 acts of kindness. Acting with Kindness is Good for You Now we know that kindness is good for you.

Scientific evidence shows that...

1. Engaging in acts of kindness produces endorphins—the brain’s natural painkiller.

2. Perpetually kind people have 23% less cortisol (the stress hormone) and age slower than the average population.

3. Committing acts of kindness lowers blood pressure.

So take the Kindness Challenge today to change the life of someone else and yourself! Please like facebook.com/gatewaytokindness to get updates and share your stories. Visit our website GatewaytoKindness. org. We will be adding more information as the Kindness Movement continues to grow. Karen Hoffman is the found of GatewaytoDreams. org. Once just an idea, a desire ... today Gateway to Dreams is a non-profit created to help people say YES to their professional and personal dreams. Debbie Josendale is the founder of Captivate & Co., a boutique marketing communications firm. Learn more at captivateandco.com.

 

Do you have a story about tragedy or joy – or both - in your life? About coping with the unfairness of life – or triumphing over it? Do you want to tell the world what gives your life meaning, whether it is a cause, a career, your family, your relationships? Internationally-acclaimed photographer Marian Brickner, who was profiled in the June/July 2015 issue of the Women’s Journal, has a new project in mind. She is creating a video where she asks, “What does it mean to be a woman?” The finished film will be a series of short interviews with individual women. Marian is looking for women of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds to tell their stories. For more information, contact Marian Brickner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Let your voice be heard