Summertime Assistance and Community Resources

Summertime is one of the best times of year for people who enjoy warm weather and fun in the outdoors. However, between childcare, lack of school-supplied meals, and intense Midwest heat and humidity, summertime can come with challenges for some individuals and families.

The City of Maryland Heights wants to help ease the burden and ensure our residents are aware that assistance is available. There is no shame in asking for help or tapping into local resources in a time of need. Please see the following resources compiled by Maryland Heights Social Services Coordinator, Ericka Jones.

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Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education
The Missouri Child Care Subsidy Program increases access to early learning by helping eligible families with the cost of child care. This allows families to focus on finding and holding steady jobs or to attend school and training programs. Learn more and apply at www.dese.mo.gov/childhood/child-care-subsidy/families.

Young Adult Employment

STL Youth Jobs
STL Youth Jobs serves youth, ages 14-24, with career exploration to acceleration through a youth employment system that builds job readiness skills and experiences. Employers make the experience tangible by partnering with STL Youth Jobs to hire, train, and mentor youth to work at their businesses/organizations. Learn more at www.stlyouthjobs.org.

Employment Connection
The WIOA Youth Program is a free program that provides employment, training, and education for youth, ages 16-24. Learn more at www.employmentstl.org/youth-services-and-programs.

In The Door
 In The Door's Employment and Training Program is available for young people, ages 16 to 24, who are not enrolled in school and who face barriers like homelessness, pregnancy, disabilities, skills deficiencies, or involvement with the juvenile justice system.

These youth receive mentorship and learning opportunities, paid work experience, and access to industry-leading training programs. Learn more at www.inthedoornow.com.

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Operation Food Search
Operation Food Search is providing meals Monday-Friday at many St. Louis County Library branches. These nutritious “super snacks” help kids and teens stay focused and active through the afternoon and evening. Meals are available free of charge for children ages 5-18. Some of the participating branches are below; more are listed online:
  • Florissant Valley Branch (195 New Florissant Rd., S., Florissant, MO 6303)
  • Lewis & Clark Branch (9909 Lewis-Clark Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63136)
  • Natural Bridge Branch (7606 Natural Bridge Rd. St. Louis, MO 63121)
  • Prairie Commons Branch (915 Utz Lane, Hazelwood, MO 63114)
  • Weber Road Branch (4444 Weber Rd. St. Louis, MO 63123)
  • SLPL Central Branch (1301 Olive St. St. Louis, MO 63103)

St. Louis Area Foodbank
The St. Louis Area Foodbank works with over 600 partners in 26 counties across the bi-state area to provide options for those in need of food. Each month, they host food distribution events in various locations. Visit www.stlfoodbank.org/events to see a full calendar of upcoming events.

The following is a list of the nearest food banks in the area. Check with the location for appointments and more information:
  • Loaves And Fishes (2750 Mckelvey Rd., Maryland Heights, MO 63043)
  • Stafford Foundation (11352 Dorsett Rd., St Louis, MO 63043)
  • Grace Church Stl (2695 Creve Coeur Mill Rd., Maryland Heights, MO 63043)
Cooling Centers

When temperatures rise there are various  locations where you can cool off in the A/C.
  • Maryland Heights Government Center during business hours (11911 Dorsett Rd., Maryland Heights, MO 63043)
  • Maryland Heights Community Center during business hours (2300 McKelvey Rd., Maryland Heights, MO 63043) 
  • St. Louis County Library Bridgeton Trails (3455 McKelvey Rd., St. Louis, MO 63044)
  • St. Louis County Library Rock Road Branch (10267 St. Charles Rock Rd., Saint Ann, MO 63074)
  • St. Louis County Department of Public Health North Central Community Health Center (4000 Jennings Station Rd., St. Louis, MO 63121)

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Cool-Down / Heat-Up St. Louis
Cool-Down / Heat-Up St. Louis can assist with Ameren and Spire. More information and applications are available online at www.heatupstlouis.org. Have questions or want to see if you qualify for help? Call (314) 241-0001.

Missouri Department of Social Services
The Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHEAP) can help you pay home energy bills for the summer through the Energy Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP). The ECIP helps when there is a termination or disconnect notice, indicating a specific disconnect date, a final billing statement advising the account has been terminated, a propane-fuel oil tank is filled at less than 20% capacity, the customer is a cash on delivery (COD) customer, pre-paid electric customer indicates their pre-paid usage is about to run out, or when an applicant indicates another fuel source is about to run out (wood, corn pellets, kerosene). The amount of help you receive is based on the amount of bill with the energy provider.

Summer ECIP is available June through September, based on funding. The maximum amount you could get is $600.

Learn more and apply at www.mydss.mo.gov/utility-assistance/liheap.

CAASTLC
The Community Action Agency of St. Louis County, Inc. (CAASTLC) summer program assists with electric bills. Applicants must have a disconnection notice or services must be off and must meet Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHEAP) eligibility requirements to be considered for assistance. Learn more and apply at www.caastlc.org/energy-services or in person at 2709 Woodson Rd.

SpireEnergy
Dollar Help is a utility assistance program offered by Spire Energy. If you qualify for DollarHelp, simply call 2-1-1. 

From there, you'll be guided to a local community action agency for additional help. Learn more at www.spireenergy.com/DollarHelp.

Need further assistance or have questions? Contact Ericka by email at ejones@marylandheights.com or by phone at (314) 738-2233.

*Disclaimer: The City of Maryland Heights does not claim responsibility for the services provided by the listed organizations, nor do the inclusions of these organizations serve as an endorsement of their services over those of any potential competitors. These resource packets are non-comprehensive and merely intended as an informative tool and starting point for those seeking assistance over crucial issues in their life.