Angels' Arms

What We Do

 

Although in existence only since 2000, Angels' Arms has changed the lives of over 300 children, including over 90 sibling groups, by providing them with a loving home and allowing them to thrive in a happy, functional family setting.

Children entering an Angels' Arms' home are met with acceptance and love and immediately learn about their role in their new family. So many foster children don't know how a family works or what it means to be a family member. But the house parents quickly involve all foster children in activities such as chores, extra-curricular activities, homework, eating together as a family, peaceful problem solving, sharing, and more.

What we do to give our foster children a chance to be children:

  • Monthly special activities including a meal for all ten families
  • Birthday celebrations
  • Clothing
  • Music lessons and instruments
  • Sports camps and equipment
  • Dance classes, martial arts and swimming lessons
  • Membership discounts to recreation centers
  • Dental assistance
  • Braces
  • Assistance with eye care needs
  • Tutoring
  • Tickets to Cardinals, Rams and Blues games
  • Tickets to special shows and performances
  • A personalized denim quilt for every child
  • Winter coats and new shoes
  • Back-to-school book bags and supplies
  • A 3-day Summer stay at YMCA’s Trout Lodge for each family every year
  • Tuition assistance post-high school
  • A partnership with Panera (St. Louis Bread Co.) for kids 16 and up
  • A partnership with Southeast Missouri State University and St. Louis Cares
  • Recycled vehicles through Gapsch Carstar’s Recycled Rides program
  • Holiday Adopt-A-Family program for all ten families

Simply put, every child who enters an Angels' Arms' home is welcomed with open arms and gets to experience the joy of being a part of a family.

Founder and Executive Director, Bess Wilfong, rallied support from fellow foster parents, friends, family and educators, and Angels' Arms was founded as a grassroots organization in 2000. After much research, paperwork, and fundraising, Angels' Arms purchased its inaugural home in South County early 2003. After hundreds of volunteers performed months of extensive renovations, the house parents and seven foster children (2 sibling groups) moved in on November 1, 2003. In October 2005, Angels' Arms purchased a second home in Ballwin.  A third home was purchased in September 2006, by Angels' Arms in Ferguson, followed by a fourth home in August 2007, in Florissant, and a fifth home in November 2008, in Ballwin.  Our 6th home was opened in December 2010 in O'Fallon, MO, and thanks to two anonymous donations in December 2011, we were able to purchase three additional homes, two in O'Fallon, MO, and one in South St. Louis County. In September 2013, with the help of a generous donor, Angels' Arms purchased a home in St. Louis City. This is a total of 10 homes in 10 years for Angels' Arms.