County Executive Steven Stenger will recommend legislation at Tuesday’s County Council meeting that would accept and appropriate money from a grant to help retain care services for women and children residing at a local domestic abuse shelter.
The legislation would accept a grant from the Missouri Department of Public Safety’s STOP Violence Against Women Act in an amount of $46,195.61.
The appropriated money would be used to retain one full-time case worker and one clinical social worker who will provide or coordinate direct care for women and children Kathy J. Weinman Shelter, for a period of Jan. 1, 2018 to Dec. 31.
The Kathy J. Weinman Shelter, is a shelter located in St. Louis County that features 39 beds and a domestic violence program to help and assist abused women and their children.
According to Missouri’s Department of Public Safety’s website, the STOP Program encourages the development and strengthening of effective law enforcement and prosecution strategies to address violent crimes against women and the development and strengthening of victim services in cases involving violent crimes against women.
Also regarding women’s safety, Councilmembers Sam Page and Hazel Erby’s legislation is up for perfection that would authorize the county executive to accept a grant of up to $261,020 also from the Missouri Department of Public Safety as part of the STOP Violence Against Women Program.
This money would be appropriated during the first year of the grant for the support of the program.