Grant Spotlights: Queen of Peace Center

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Sister Clare Bass serves as a residential aide at the Queen of Peace Center.

Each year, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet award funds to organizations and projects that serve the economically poor in the St. Louis area through the Tabitha Grants program. In addition the CSJs also award funds to programs serving women and children in the St. Louis metro area through the Feuerbacher Grant Program.  These programs have supported many local organizations that are acquainted with a CSJ sister or associate and consistent with CSJ values.

In this grant spotlight, we feature Queen of Peace Center, a 2017 recipient of both a Tabitha and Feuerbacher Grant, that help provide housing and classes to women working to end their addiction problems.

 Queen of Peace Center is a family-centered behavioral healthcare provider for women with addiction, their children and families. The gender-focused female recovery center provides a variety of treatment options to women with co-occurring disorders and those affected by trauma.  

The Queen of Peace Center was awarded a Feuerbacher Grant to continue their computer literacy and employment skills program and a Tabitha Grant to support their housing facility for women with addiction and their families.  

Jessica Chou, director of program development and research for Queen of Peace Center, answered some questions about their organization and how the grant money is being used.

Q: How have these funds helped your organization and its programs?

Jessica Chou: These funding opportunities have been essential to the growth of programming. Through the Tabitha Grant, we were awarded funding to provide supplies and equipment to our permanent supportive housing site that will assist in day to day operations. Additionally, we are able to offer women participating in the groups at the housing sites incentives to participate. These incentives include bus tickets, gift cards, laundry basket, washing detergent, fabric sheets, hangers, and a cleaning supply kit to include paper towels, toilet paper, window cleaner, cleaning solution, and trash bags. As some women may find it difficult to transition to community living, the funding used from the Tabitha grant assists QOPC in promoting a smooth transition so women are able to achieve and maintain recovery.

Likewise, the Feuerbacher Grant has provided an opportunity for QOPC to begin an adult-learners HiSET preparation class. This course will be used to support women in preparing to pass the HiSET and obtain their high school equivalency. These skills will be beneficial in the long run as women increase their education and improve likelihood of obtaining employment. This program builds off of funding we received last year from the Feuerbacher Grant that allowed QOPC to start a computer literacy course. The women reported thoroughly enjoying the course and gaining knowledge of computer literacy that can be applied to seeking employment or education.

Q: How do you feel the sisters have helped your organization/group, apart from the grant money?

Chou: The sisters remain a dedicated source of support to QOPC. The sisters have been gracious in hosting QOPC for their annual staff day away. Additionally, Sister Clare Bass is an employee of QOPC and continues to provide quality service to the organization.

Q: What are this organization’s unique mission? What is the world problem this organization intends to tackle?

Chou: Queen of Peace Center is a family-centered behavioral healthcare provider for women with addiction, their children and families. QOPC seeks to be a leader in the field of gender-specific, family-centered substance use and break the cycle and intergenerational patterns of substance use that impact so many people.

Q: How have the people you’ve served, the young mothers and their children, responded to your organization and your programs?

Chou: QOPC has been serving the community for over the past 30 years and has built a reputation of providing quality care with compassion to women, children and families in the community. Most individuals hear about QOPC from a friend or family member. I believe that the mothers and children respond very well to the program as the core of services revolves around family-centered programming. Thus, mothers and children can receive a myriad of services to ensure the whole families’ needs are being met. QOPC also conducts client satisfaction surveys in order to keep meeting the needs of the women and children who are served.

By Abby Blaes, communications intern


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