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Our Services

Men and women enrolled in Family Formation Program commit to an extremely challenging full day, six-week program emerging with the abilities and skills necessary to be the actively involved, responsible parents that their children need and deserve. This remarkable program is recognized nationwide as the most effective of its kind. After completing the course, graduates receive follow-up support and services for a period of one year.

Program Offerings
  • Parenting Training
  • Positive Co-Parenting Education
  • Family Therapy
  • Employment and Job Skills Training
  • Health and Wellness Instruction
  • Legal Assistance
  • Substance Abuse Prevention
90% of of graduates learn to have safe, healthy relationships.
92% report increased interaction with their children.

Participants in FFSC’s Employment Development & Mentoring Program focus on job skills and readiness and job retention strategies with an eye toward job placement. They pair with trained mentors who provide job and career guidance and counseling. This is a critically important program, as holding a job and supporting their children is an essential part of the parenting process.

Program Offerings
  • Employment Readiness Training
  • Resume Writing and Interview Coaching
  • Employment Placement Services
  • Therapeutic Services for Mental Health Support 
  • Financial Education
  • Occupational Training Opportunities
$15.59 average wage earned by graduates (vs. Missouri’s minimum hourly wage of $11.15)
$8.8M reinvested back into the St. Louis economy by 256 program participants who obtained or maintained employment.

This highly effective program works closely with youth and young adults aged 14 to 24, many of whom don’t have active or fully involved parents in their lives. The program helps its participants stop cycles of negative behavior and develop successful paths to positive futures.

Program Offerings
  • Scholastic Goal Setting
  • One-On-One Mentoring
  • Employment Preparation and Placement
  • Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention
  • Group Bonding Activities
82% of youth enrolled in YLDP have obtained full or part time employment.
100% of youth (from DYS) who graduate from YLDP have not recidivated or committed a new crime.

Operating at the Transition Center of St. Louis, FFSC’s Re-Entry Project helps people transition from incarceration to lives as responsible members of the St. Louis community. The program is conducted in partnership with the Missouri Department of Corrections. The model is similar to that of FFSC’s Family Formation program.

Program Offerings
  • Housing Assistance
  • Trauma-Informed Care
  • Parenting and Healthy Relationship classes
  • Employment Readiness Skills Training
  • Job Placement
3% recidivism rate for program graduates. The national average is 22%.

FFSC is proud to be a part of the Area Resources for Community and Human Services’ (ARCHS) Neighborhood Healing Network (NHN). Are you or someone you know suffering with Trauma caused by crime or violence? We are here for you! We can connect you with victim services, trauma workshops, and support services.

The program NHN, created for individual crime victims, as well as victimized communities, is closely affiliated with Alive & Well Communities and Crime Victim Center to offer educational programs focused on abuse, violence and trauma-informed care.

Program Offerings
  • Crime Victim Services
  • Case Management and Support Services
  • Monthly Trauma Workshops

Fathers’ Rap is a peer-to-peer support group for program alumni and fathers who cannot participate in traditional program services for various reasons. Fathers’ Rap meets after usual work hours and provides supportive services for Family Formation alumni. Located at our downtown headquarters, 1601 Olive Street, Fathers’ Rap meets on Tuesday and Thursdays, 5:00p-7:00p.

Discussion Topics Include
  • Responsible Fatherhood
  • Communication Tools
  • Relationship Building
  • Parenting Skills
  • Child Support Issues
  • Visitation & Custody Issues
  • Employment

Our Impact

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90% Of FFSC participants gained knowledge about how to have safe & healthy relationships.
256 FFSC participants gained or maintained employment, with an average hourly wage of $15.59 in 2022.
771 Unduplicated individuals received FFSC services in 2022.
$1M+ In combined annual child support payments were made by Family Formation participants in 2022.


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