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About the Sts. Joachim & Ann Care Service

Sts. Joachim & Ann Care Service was founded in 1981 by five volunteers, with $500 in-hand and a profound spirit of charity. Little did those five realize how far their dedication to assisting those in need would go, or how many thousands of people would be empowered, encouraged and uplifted by that spirit.

We are the primary provider of programs for individuals, families and children in the tri-county area of St. Charles, Lincoln, and Warren. Services are available for those who earn at or below 50% of the state median income.

We offer comprehensive case management and wrap around services that connect those in need with many community partners. Together, we work to stabilize and move them toward a state of sustainability.

The Care Service is heavily supported by the community with more than 100,000 volunteer hours per year in addition to donations of material, labor, food and monetary contributions.

Executive Director - John (Jack) Lipin

Jack Lipin C.P.A – On July 26, 2016, the Feast Day of Sts. Joachim and Ann, Jack assumed the role of Executive Director of Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service. He became only the 2nd Executive Director of the agency now entering its 36th year. In February 2012 Jack joined Good Shepherd Children and Family Services, a Catholic Charity agency as business Director. Prior to this position Jack was Director of Finance for Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service from November 2009 until Joining Good Shepherd, Before joining the non-profit world he spent twenty-seven years at Madison Warehouse Corporation specializing in facility management; supply chain distribution; warehousing and transportation management. In March 1982, Jack joined Madison in the Baltimore Warehouse operation as the accounting manager. He moved to St. Louis in 1988 when he took on greater responsibility and assumed the role of Assistant Controller, then Vice President Controller, and in 2002 President of the Madison Group of Companies. Prior to joining Madison, Jack worked ten-years in the retail industry splitting his time between Sears Roebuck and Montgomery Wards. Jack has been an active member of the International Warehouse and Logistics Association (IWLA) over the past few years, working on various committees. In 2005 – 2009 Chairman of the Education Committee and Board member of the IWLA. Jack is a graduate of the University of Baltimore where he received a B.S Degree in Accounting. He is married to Lisa, and has two children Erin (28) and Adam (26) Member of Saints Joachim and Ann Church since 1988.

JaCares membersSts. Joachim & Ann Care Service is a non-profit organization founded in 1981 by five volunteers, with $500 in hand, and a profound spirit of charity. Little did those five inspired people realize how far their dedication to assisting people and families in need would go, or how many thousands of people would be empowered, encouraged and uplifted by that spirit.

Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service is the largest comprehensive social support agency in the region (St. Charles, Lincoln, and Warren Counties.)  Our mission is “to serve those in crisis and to prevent homelessness and hunger.”  We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency, which has made considerable improvements in service delivery for our clients over the years.  We are now formally accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA), have used best practices in developing our business standards, and have put quality control methods in place to become a model agency for others across the state.  These measures increase our capacity to protect families, especially children, the elderly and disabled, regardless of race, age, gender, or religion from the despair, hopelessness and social injustice caused by poverty.

Through direct and wrap-around services, in 2011, the Care Service assisted 5,704 unduplicated individuals linked to 1,797 households, which represents 20% of the Tri-County population in poverty.  Also in 2011, 1,044 households (3,288 individuals) were assisted through the Housing Assistance program alone, with 48% of total individuals being children under 18; 58% of these youth were age 6 and younger; 4% of those served were seniors.

We have the ability to address homeless prevention issues with intensive assessments and case management by a highly trained staff.  We are able advocate on behalf of families in need and provide hope and the necessary foundation for getting them back on the path

Our goal is to break the cycle of poverty and impact systemic change one family at a time.

Miriam Mahan

Miriam Mahan - one of the original founders

All of the Care Service programs are in place to help individuals and families combat the threat of homelessness, sickness, malnutrition and despair, so that they may work confidently towards sustainability and become productive citizens in our communities.

The Care Service is able to assist clients in finding housing through services and activities, starting with the certification and intake process to identify the needs of each client.  We also provide services that lead the household toward stability, such as with after-care planning, budgeting/credit repair, career counseling, food pantry, holiday packages, and any other services deemed critical for the household to become more self-reliant.  These programs include Housing Assistance, Children and Family Development, Food Pantry, Workforce Development, and Adopt-A-Family at Christmas.

The Care Service’s programs are designed to stabilize and strengthen the family by reintegrating them into our community.  Our programs provide financial assistance and link degreed Social Service Workers to families for in-depth case management.  Our clients must earn at or below 50% of the state median income level to qualify for assistance; half of those we serve earn 25% or less of the state median income.

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