Life360 Community Services
Springfield, MO | http://life360communityservices.org/
Life360 Community Services FEEDS, HOUSES, EDUCATES, and EMPOWERS those in need.
When the physiological need for food goes unmet, impoverished youth struggle to focus on homework, engage in after school activities, or nurture the developmental building blocks that lead to a successful future. To help youth thrive, LCS distributes a five component snack to 12,500+ youth across 20+ rural school districts. In addition to the meal, a daily 15-minute enrichment activity is provided to the classroom to help youth improve literacy skills, cultivate character, and transition to the rest of their day.
The LCS nutrition program did not end when COVID19 caused school closures. Instead LCS continued to fight youth hunger through the distribution of over 3 million nutrition packs to families with youth under the age of 18.
Many young adults and low-income families struggle to access and sustain housing that they can afford. Emerging adults exiting the foster care system lack the support system to go out on their own. According to the National Foster Youth Initiative, 20% of youth that age out of care become instantly homeless. Young adults with a juvenile record also struggle to get by. Roughly 44% of youth on the streets spent time in jail or a juvenile justice center. To help these emerging adults get on their feet, Life360 House provides supportive housing to 14 young adults experiencing homelessness through four housing units.
LCS is actively expanding its capacity to meet the housing needs of struggling individuals. Y Gardens, opening in August 2020, is a 41 unit apartment complex built in partnership with Creason Development and Missouri's Housing Development Commission. 8 of the units are designated to youth exiting the foster care system while the remaining units are for individuals from 30% to 80% of the area median income.
Cradle-to-career educational supports are offered through Life360 Preschool, Camp Fairbanks, Royal Family Kids Camp, Fairbanks Coffee Shop, and Jobs for Life. Through the promotion of kindergarten readiness, closure of the achievement gap, and soft skills development; LCS helps individuals gain the job skills needed to become financially self-sufficient.
Never do for someone, what they could do for themselves. Life360 Community Services believes in cultivating the natural skills and talents of individuals seeking to improve their daily life. The theme of empowerment runs through all of our programs and services.