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Severe weather hits area, agency cancels 75th anniversary kickoff

Torrential rains have sidelined an event intended to serve as the 75th anniversary kickoff for Caritas Family Solutions in Belleville.

Caritas Family Solutions had hoped to host a ribbon cutting to reveal the playground expansion at St. John Bosco Children’s Center. The center provides a loving and structured home for up to 36 boys and girls ages 8-18, who are not currently able to be placed in a traditional foster care setting because of the extreme trauma they have endured.

The event was intended for Wednesday but has been postponed because of weather conditions and flooding concerns. Overnight and through midday on Tuesday, the St. Louis area was hit with 5-12 inches of rain, with 9.0 inches recorded at St. Louis Lambert International Airport. Damage has been widespread across the region and at least one death was reported on the Missouri side.

More rain is in the forecast for each of the next few days

The St. John Bosco Children’s Center is at 900 Royal Heights Road, Suite 1150, Belleville. The center aims to provide a caring home for youth in addition to therapeutic services. The new playground equipment helps provide a home-like environment for these children.

Ameren, RASI, Gonzalez Companies, Archford Capital, Walmart and William H. & Mary E. Baker Charitable Trust have all provided grants and resources to help this expansion happen. Ameren will be presenting a $45,000 check to Caritas at the event when it is rescheduled.


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