ST. LOUIS, MO – (May 16, 2019) St. Louis ReCAST – a grant-funded effort to promote community well-being – has been recognized by FOCUS St. Louis as part of its annual What’s Right with the Region awards. FOCUS, a regional civic leadership group, named ReCAST among its 2019 Emerging Initiatives honorees. This award is given to new organizations that are developing practical solutions, responding to identified needs and serving as catalysts for change.
ReCAST, which is now in its third year, supports community-led efforts to address trauma and promote resiliency. The program is funded by a $4.7 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) that was awarded to the Saint Louis County Department of Public Health in 2016. Partners in the effort include the St. Louis City Department of Health, the Saint Louis Mental Health Board, and over 70 other local agencies, not-for-profits, and municipalities.
The project is focused on the St. Louis Promise Zone, a federally-designated area that encompasses 11 wards in North St. Louis City and 28 municipalities in North St. Louis County. The funding is distributed through a participatory process that involves the residents of this area. These community delegates develop a scope of work for potential projects and review proposals, which are then put to a public vote.
“This award is an acknowledgment of the hard work that community delegates have done over the last three years to make this program a success,” said Spring Schmidt, co-director of the Saint Louis County Department of Public Health. “Their time and effort has resulted in innovative projects that are doing vital work in the Promise Zone.”
ReCAST is one of four Emerging Initiatives honored this year, and is among 20 overall honorees. The What’s Right with the Region awards celebration will be held at the Sheldon Concert Hall at 6:30 p.m. on May 16.