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HRA Welcomes New Clients

New City SchoolNew City School, St. Louis, Missouri, is embarking on a new initiative to build its endowment for student tuition scholarships. In honor of Dr. Tom Hoerr, the project celebrates his career, ensuring the continuation of the unique New City School culture that Dr. Hoerr has created during his 34 year tenure as Head of School by generating aid to support students at this outstanding school for many years into the future.

“Financial Aid allows us to greatly enhance our socioeconomic diversity by offering this wonderful education to as many students as possible regardless of their ability to pay full tuition.  By building our endowment, we can generate more funds for aid.  And the best part is that the socioeconomic diversity benefits all members of our community, not just those receiving assistance.” -Tom Nelson, Board President

Operation Food SearchEach month, through its programs Operation Backpack, Emergency Food Distribution, and No Kid Hungry, Operation Food Search distributes more than 2.75 million pounds of food and necessities to 250 community partners in 25 Missouri and Illinois counties and the City of St. Louis. In addition to this Operation Food Search offers innovative nutrition and education programs and services in the area.

Copper Ceak Copper Peak in Ironwood, Michigan is home to one of six ski flying hills in the world. The only one of its kind in the Western Hemisphere, it is the largest artificial slide in the world and forms a descent three times greater than Niagara Falls. Copper Peak is working to restore the jump to its original grandeur while also making modifications that will allow the facility to be used year round to enhance the sport of ski jumping / flying in the USA. 

St. Vincent DePaul Parish
St. Vincent DePaul Parish's 
170-year-old historic church requires upgrades to continue its mission of service to the poor in St. Louis and the surrounding area.

Nine Network of Public MediaThe Nine Network of Public Media, St. Louis, Missouri, is a community resource advancing with its own unique model of community impact. Nine Network's Igniting the Spirit of Possibility Campaign will enable them to expand their impact, elevate the St. Louis region and assure the future of the Nine Network of Public Media — one of the nation's leading and most innovative public media organizations.

 St. Pius V Catholic Church

St. Pius V Catholic Church is in the final phases of completing the “Building on a Foundation of Faith” Campaign to ensure the vibrancy and vitality of this beautiful church today and for future generations. Efforts to restore, renovate, and make enhancements to the historic church are in full swing as parish leaders pursue their plan to improve and renew the church building and parish hall.

    * Click the images above to learn more about these exciting projects!

Latest Client News

Nine Network Intern Jaques Clinton: A Truly Inspirational Story

Jacques Clinton: American Graduate Nine Network of Public MediaJaques Clinton, a senior at Cardinal Ritter College Preparatory High School and former Nine Network intern, is not your typical high school student; imparting thoughtful insights such as, “Education is one of the most powerful tools that I can use to change the world.”

But Jaques was not always this way.

Following his mother’s untimely death, Jacques says he went from being a “sweet, loving and well-mannered” kid to one who was “obnoxious and rude” – skipping classes, disrespecting teachers and bullying his classmates. “My future was both as shaky and as powerful as an earthquake because of the impact of my mother’s death,” he recalls.

With the guidance of a school counselor and the inspiration of his mother, Jaques turned a corner and began to love school again before it was too late. He also became a highly successful Nine Network intern in the fall of 2014.

Now, faced with the opportunity of attending college this fall, he says of his mother, “Every decision that I make, I make in honor of her. As I stand at the edge of the next chapter of my journey, I plan to work to continue to excel academically, and I will work relentlessly so that I can financially empower my family, serve my community, and honor my mother’s life. Working at Nine Network of Public Media has helped me to expand my horizon.”

To read this inspiring story, and learn how Nine Network impacts the people whose lives it touches, visit American Graduate, a Nine Network initiative to increase the graduation rate and improve youth outcomes.

“People like Jaques Clinton are going to change the world. We are proud to be part of his life.” 

- Dan Shasserre, Nine Network of Public Media.

American GraduateNine Network of Public Media

St. Louis Public Library Featured in Short Film

Check out St. Louis-based company Once Films stunning video promoting the re-imagining and grand reopening of the St. Louis Public Library. This documentary-style film premiered at the Library's grand opening gala and now lives online as a web-based brand film for all to see. Holmes, Radford & Avalon is proud to have played an integral role in the groundbreaking capital campaign project to restore and reinvigorate this iconic St. Louis institution.


Peter and Paul Community Services: Apartments Offer Shelter for Chronically Homeless in St. Louis

Curesa Atkins, 42, at the new Garfield Commons
More than a month after moving in, Curesa Atkins said she still gets choked up when she opens the front door to her new apartment.

Tall windows offer a third-floor view of the Benton Park West neighborhood that Atkins recently would have seen from the other side of the glass. 
“It took a while for me to call it home,” said Atkins, 42, who grew up in north St. Louis County. “I kept waiting for somebody to tell me to leave.”

Atkins, a 42-year-old former dental assistant, said she became homeless after a dealing with series of car repairs, a change in her marital status and, eventually, the loss of her job. “It just spiraled from there, I couldn't keep up. You blow through your savings, it was just hard to find my way,” she said.

The 25 men and women living in Garfield Commons will have one-bedroom apartments with a small kitchen, a bathroom and a living room with a large window. Tenants sign a one-year lease, which includes utilities and most meals. Case workers, a nurse and an occupational therapist are on staff and meet with the residents regularly. Most tenants have a physical or mental disability and have been homeless for more than a year — a circumstance defined by the city as "chronically homeless."

Read St. Louis Post Dispatch article here. 

Read St. Louis Public Radio article here.

Peter and Paul Community Services: 
Garfield Commons to Open This Week! 

Peter and Paul Community Services: Garfield Commons Open House

Peter and Paul have at last completed their renovation of the Garfield School in St. Louis to create a new homeless facility with the capability to provide 25 apartments for single homeless adults and assist 40 homeless and HIV-positive people annually. Staff have moved into the new offices and tenant applications are being reviewed and leases signed as future residents anxiously await their new home and a chance for independent living in this “safe-haven.”

Garfield Commons will officially open with a ribbon cutting and open house to celebrate this momentous achievement on Wednesday, November 19, during National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week. 

Open House Details

READ MORE ›› "New Homeless Facility to Open in St. Louis" - STL Public Radio


Jazz St. Louis Debuts New Jazz Center

Jazz at the Bistro Artist's Rendering Jazz St. Louis - the Bistro

The Bistro at Grand Center has completed a $10 million renovation and expansion under the guidance of Jazz St. Louis Executive Director Gene Dobbs Bradford and HRA Vice President Dan Reynolds. The new facility, which opened in early October, has been named the Harold and Dorothy Steward Center for Jazz and includes an education center with two rehearsal rooms for jazz youth programs and practice rooms where students can take lessons. The space also has a recording studio and a resource center.Gene Dobbs Bradford, Jazz St. Louis

The expansion also includes a 75-seat jazz café where patrons can view live main-stage performances on a large screen and the renovated bistro performance space, now named the Ferring Jazz Bistro, where the second floor balcony has been expanded, more seats were added near the main stage and the stage itself was moved to accommodate the additional seating.   

"For years we didn't have control of the facility and didn't have a lease," Bradford said. "We were sort of squatters while holding concerts, so we first needed control of the building to control our destiny.

"We hope people in St. Louis will feel proud of what we've accomplished and embrace this club as their own," said Bradford, a Webster Groves resident. "St. Louis needs to embrace its jazz culture. We have Miles Davis, David Sandborn who is from Kirkwood and Clark Terry. The region has produced a lot of great artists and we want to celebrate that."

Read Webster-Kirkwood Times article here

Woodhaven Awarded $100,000 Challenge Grant from Mabee Foundation

AGE-IN-PLACE APARTMENTSHEALTH SERVICES AND TRAINING BUILDINGWoodhaven, publicly launched its $1.9 million “Building on Our Strengths” capital campaign on recently, and has been awarded a $100,000 Challenge Grant from the J. E. and L. E. Mabee Foundation of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Woodhaven, Columbia, Missouri, works to help adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities succeed in the community’s in which they live by giving them the opportunity to do things for themselves, while maintaining a safe environment where they can thrive.

The “Building on Our Strengths” capital campaign aims to raise funds for two new buildings, an Age-In-Place Apartment Building (above left) and a Health Services and Training facility (above right), to expand Woodhaven’s capacity to provide support to individuals with developmental disabilities.

READ MORE ››   Columbia Daily Tribune - Columbia, Missouri

St. Louis College of Pharmacy Unveils Design Plans for New Facility

St. Louis College of Pharmacy

Excitement continues to grow as St. Louis College of Pharmacy reveals plans for a new six-story classroom and research facility on its Central West End campus.  The $50 million dollar project will be funded in part through a $25 million Capital Campaign expected to conclude in 2016.

The state-of-the-art space supports the College’s vision of being globally prominent in health care education, interprofessional patient-centered care, and collaborative research.


Support Dogs Exceeds Dollar Goal

Support Dogs, Inc. has surpassed its projected $3.5 million fund raising goal reaching $3.8 million in philanthropic support!  

SDI now sets its sights on building a new headquarters and training facility that will triple the size of its existing space.  The Board of Directors is moving forward with HRA on initiating Strategic Planning for Capacity Building.