In late January of 2011, the then Grand Knight Tony Vaiana and MR Drive Chairman Dennis Nettler visited three of the charities our council helps support from funds raised during the October Tootsie Roll drives. One-half of the funds raised go to support the Knights of Columbus Developmental Center at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center. The remaining funds are distributed at the discretion of each individual council. Tony and Dennis delivered checks to these three local charities- all specialize in providing services to children with developmental disabilities:
The Academy of St. Louis:
Founded and operated by Dunn Family (Ann and daughter Terri O’Daniels) of Incarnate Word Parish, this extraordinary operation specializing in providing a Catholic education to children with Aspergers syndrome (autism spectrum), ADHD, speech/language delays, and other cognitive disabilities. Presently the enrollment is 12 students. It’s located in the former Linda Vista Catholic School in Southwest Chesterfield. You can find more information about this unique school at acadstl.org.
United Services for Children:
This critically important organization has expanded from meeting the needs of developmentally disabled children in St. Charles County to offering inclusive early childhood education, extended care and other programs it provides under contract with school districts in St. Charles County and beyond. They will soon open a third building in Warren County. As their mission statement states – during our tour we observed a nurturing and compassionate environment which included children of all abilities. More information is available at www.unitedsrvcs.org.
Children’s Home Society of Missouri:
They are a multi-faceted social service agency providing care and services to children and families for over 100 years in the St. Louis area. Throughout most of those years CHS provided adoption services. But now – and for the last 20+ years – CHS has been a leader in providing services for children with significant, multiple developmental disabilities. Additionally, at their two sites they provide residential services for children as well s respite and family support. Their St. Louis County children’s home is located across from Tilles Park and they operate a home in St. Charles County on Muegge Road. More information is available at chsmo.org.
Below are pictures from our 2016 Tootsie Roll Drive………………..