ST. LOUIS, Mo. , Dec. 7, 2011 -- On Wednesday, December 7, Mr. Zip Rzeppa, Managing Director for Angels' Arms, presented the St. Louis Apartment Association (SLAA) with the non-profit organization’s distinguished 2011 Business Partner Award.
In an announcement on their website, the Angels’ Arms group announced: “We are honored that The St. Louis Apartment Association chose to partner with Angels’ Arms this year. So far they have showered us with loads of toiletries and daily necessities through their Health and Wellness Drive. What a success this effort was! They currently are in the process of collecting back-to-school supplies for all six families. Throughout the year, this generous group will also get involved in major work projects and help with the overall upkeep and maintenance of our houses. Many vendors have already performed numerous tasks in our homes, and we are grateful for their generosity.
In addition to the numerous fundraising activities, SLAA’s enthusiastic and dedicated members made it a Christmas to remember for more than 40 of Angels’ Arms children and family members at the SLAA Holiday Party in December. Nearly 200 SLAA members were on hand to witness the excitement and joy experienced by our Angels’ Arms families as they enjoyed dinner, opened presents, and sat on Santa’s lap. Hundreds of gifts from the children’s wish lists were purchased and donated by SLAA members for the event. In addition, Angels’ Arms staff members were even more ecstatic when Chris Steinlage, SLAA President, presented the organization a check for $1,500.00 to assist Angels’ Arms with a few of their own wish list items.
Although in existence only since 2000, Angels' Arms has changed the lives of over 250 children, including over 50 sibling groups, by providing them with a loving home and allowing them to thrive in a happy, functional family setting.
Children entering an Angels' Arms' home are met with acceptance and love and immediately learn about their role in their new family. So many foster children don't know how a family works or what it means to be a family member. But the house parents quickly involve all foster children in activities such as chores, extra-curricular activities, homework, eating together as a family, peaceful problem solving, sharing, and more.
Simply put, every child who enters an Angels' Arms' home is welcomed with open arms and gets to experience the joy of being a part of a family.