Communtiy Action Agency of St. Louis County, Inc.

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providing low-income people with
emergency and crisis intervention services.

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CAASTLC Board Chair, Rose Eichelberger, received Missouri Community Action Network 2017 “Outstanding Community Service Award

2017 "Outstanding Community Service" AwardRose Eichelberger

CAASTLC’s Board Chair, Rose Eichelberger, received Missouri Community Action Network 2017 “Outstanding Community Service Award”. Recipients of this award were recognized at the 2017 Missouri CAN Annual Conference for their outstanding service to their community and Community Action. They are unsung heroes that dedicate their time and lend their expertise to fulfill the vision of Community Action. We congratulate Ms. Eichelberger on receiving this much deserved recognition.


CAASTLC Board Member Yolanda Austin elected as Mayor of Jennings, MO

Yolanda Austin(Jennings, MO.) - On April 4, 2017, the citizens of Jennings, Mo. elected longtime resident Yolanda Austin as Mayor.  “It is my mission and passion to continue to move Jennings forward and make it a better and safer community” said Mayor Austin.

Her focus areas during the two-year term will be housing, economic development, and public safety according to Austin. She plans to collaborate with both the fire and police departments to improve the overall safety of Jennings residents. “Jennings is a great community and many of our residents have addressed their concerns to me about the three areas, I will focus on,” said Austin. “Our number one concern is to make sure our residents feel safe and proud to live in Jennings,” added Austin.

In addition, Mayor Austin says she will focus on bringing new businesses to Jennings. “Bringing more businesses to the community will ultimately bring more jobs for citizens of Jennings,” said Austin. “We are a thriving community and we deserve the best.”

Mayor Austin previously held the title of Councilwoman for Ward 2 for eight years. “Having lived in Jennings for more than 30 years, and raising my sons and grandchildren in the city, I have a vested interest and I am excited to serve as the city’s new leader,” said Austin.


2016-17 Board of Directors (02/06/17)

Name Sector
Basil Rudawsky
Rose Cason PUBLIC
Yolanda Austin
(Board Treasurer)
Lou Aboussie PUBLIC
Mike Pendergast
(Board Vice-Chair)
Rev. Derrick Perkins PRIVATE
Steve Esparza PRIVATE
Sharonica Hardin PRIVATE
Cynthia Jordan PRIVATE
Shira Truitt PRIVATE
Rosezetta Eichelberger
(Board Chair)
Gloria McQueen LOW-INCOME
James Jewell LOW-INCOME
Linda Eikerenkoetter
(Board Secretary)

Board Composition of Community Action Agencies

Low–income Individuals and Families – A minimum of one-third of tripartite Board membership must be democratically selected representatives of low-income individuals and families who reside in the geographic area being served. The implicit intent of this requirement is to insure that those who currently live in areas served by the agency are represented so that they have a strong voice in agency governance and direction and are able to convey to those they represent the presence and significance of community action in their lives.

Elected officials or their Representatives – One-third must be elected officials, holding office at their time of selection, or their representatives. If a sufficient number of elected representatives are not available to serve, appointive public officials or their representatives may take the place of the elected officials. The purpose of this requirement is to encourage awareness of poverty needs within the community and action by local governments, and to foster close coordination and partnership between public agencies and the eligible entities.

Major Groups and Interests in the Community Served – The remaining Board members must be chosen from “business, industry, labor, religious, law enforcement, education, or other major groups and interests in the community served.” Their role is to reflect and involve key interests and resources within the community to guide agency actions and outcomes.


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