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Help Santa Fill His Sleigh Through LRM Partners

The holiday season is fast upon us as some await the first snowfall, kids wait for the first day of winter break, and others are already anticipating Spring. Whichever you are looking forward to, some of ARCHS’ LRM partners are ready to help get you into that holiday spirit.

"Autumn Bliss, Freshly Minted, Bountiful, and Gingerbread," are just a glimmer of the serene fragrances that Crime Victim Advocacy Center’s (CVAC) Consolare candles have to offer this holiday season.

Consolare candles are all natural, soy-based candles, yet maintain a breathtakingly smooth scent for a healthier home for you and your family. Made from paraffin and soy, these candles are allergy, asthma, and environmentally friendly.

Consolare means “to console,” which is precisely CVAC’s mission. For over a year now, the organization has been brightening the lives of those in need.

This past spring, The Skandalaris Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at Washington University in St. Louis awarded CVAC $25,000 through the Youthbridge Social Enterprise and Innovation Competition (SEIC) to begin its Consolare venture.

CVAC Executive Director Julie Lawson found candle-making to be a great healing process for her personally. From her own experience, she thought she could do the same for female ex-offenders and victims alike.

“It gives them purpose” Lawson said, referring to offenders and victims who may be struggling. “Not only does the art itself help in a healthy healing process, yet profits from the sale of their products benefit victims of crime and violence with advocacy, counseling, crisis response, and more.”

LRM Client Named "Best Worthy Cause" Organization of 2011 by the Riverfront Times

Leveraged Resources Management (LRM) client Crime Victim Advocacy Center was named the 2011 "Best Worthy Cause" organization by the Riverfront Times.

Quoted from the RFT story: "St. Louis gets a lot of attention for being "America's Most Dangerous City." But what happens to the victims of crime once the police tape is gone and the media move on to cover the next atrocity? More often than not, the victims are left in the lurch, paralyzed emotionally, if not physically. That's where the Crime Victim Advocacy Center steps in, reaching out to assist those people whose lives have been turned upside down by murder, rape, assault and even lesser crimes such as burglary and identify theft."

"It is a great honor to named the "Best Worthy Cause 2011" by the Riverfront Times.  We're honored not only by the acknowledgement of the work we do, but the experiences of the people we serve," said Julie Lawson, Executive Director. "And thanks to LRM for making it possible for us to focus on our mission."

CVAC will also be holding its annual Run for Resiliency 5k on Saturday, November 5 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Forest Park - Upper Muny Parking Lot. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. For more information, call (314) 652-9771 or visit All proceeds benefit victims of crime and violence through the services of the Crime Victim Advocacy Center.

St. Louis Charter Schools Start New Academic Year with ARCHS' LRM

Charter schools are popping up all over St. Louis, and as quickly as they are opening their doors, they are also turning to ARCHS' Leveraged Resources Management (LRM) for their financial expertise.

Better Learning Communities Academy (BLCA) is a new kindergarten, first, and second grade charter school which will open this August. BLCA plans to be a localized school within the Hyde Park Neighborhood that offers smaller class sizes and particular attention to each individual child's needs.

"The neighborhood schools here have not performed while the neighborhood has re-generated. This neighborhood deserves a school that gives their kids a good education," said John Gerber, Chairman of the Better Learning Communities Board, which is responsible for opening BLCA. "We fully intend to be a top 10 school in the entire State of Missouri, and we've hired the correct people to get us there."

LRM Adds New Clients

Area not-for-profits are finding a continued value in Leveraged Resources Management (LRM), as the full-service provider of financial services has added three new clients in recent months. Organizations including Interfaith Partnership/Faith Beyond Walls, Missouri Health Connection, and Preclarus Mastery Academy have all chosen LRM to handle their various financial needs.

As a start-up school, steady contact and communication were key components to why Preclarus choose LRM.

"We choose LRM after we had three bids from accounting companies. We were looking for someone with experience in public school and charter school accounting, which LRM had," said Daryl McAdoo, Preclarus Mastery Academy Chief Executive Officer. "We really ended up choosing LRM because they offered a greater breadth of services, they are local, and it seemed like they would be able to accommodate our needs."


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