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St. Charles County Pet Food Pantry

On one Saturday each month, qualifying pet owners will receive free food* for their dog or cat through St. Charles County’s Pet Food Pantry. The program will distribute dry pet food to participating families on a first-come, first-served basis at the Pet Adoption Center (4850 Mid Rivers Mall Drive).

To qualify, pet owners must:

• Register in advance (showing photo ID and proof of St. Charles County residency)
• Show proof of need
• Show proof of current rabies vaccination or update the animal at time of registration
• Show proof that the pet is spayed or neutered or do so at the time of registration
• Bring container large enough to carry at least three pounds of food

To register for this program, donate goods or to learn more about St. Charles County’s Pet Adoption Center, please call 636-949-7387.

March News at the Pantry

Schnucks “Hunger Bag”

Schnucks again selected the O.A.S.I.S. Food Pantry as the March 2018 recipient of the Bags 4 My Cause Program. What this means is for each ‘Hunger’ reusable bag sold during March at specific Schnucks groceries, the O.A.S.I.S. Food Pantry will receive $1. O.A.S.I.S. has been selected several times and each time we have been rewarded with $75 to $85.  This is a great program to help eliminate paper and plastic bag refuge and feed the hungry. If you have been thinking about ‘going green’ with reusable grocery bags, now is the time. Just stop by the Schnucks store listed below during the month of March to purchase your reusable grocery bags.  What a great way to go “Green” and help the O.A.S.I.S. Food Pantry.

Here is the Schnucks store participating in the March program:

3029 Hwy K, O’Fallon, MO

Remember each bag sold = $1 to O.A.S.I.S. Food Pantry

There is still a Need to Feed

In 1990 the O.A.S.I.S. Food Pantry opened its doors and began its mission by helping feed a few dozen families. A lot has changed over the years and in 2017 O.A.S.I.S. helped feed about 480 families per month serving approximately 5,716 clients. The quantity and variety of foods has evolved from sharing whatever was donated to a fixed food list, and supplementing with USDA foods and personal hygiene items. O.A.S.I.S. pantry doors are open about 17 times a month to help those in need, and it is estimated we currently distribute food items that supplement 11,000 meals per month.  Many of our St. Charles County pantry patrons are families and at least 50% of those families have children, but we also serve disabled individuals, and retirees. Most clients come for help because their limited income does not stretch far enough to cover basic needs.

The O.A.S.I.S. Food Pantry continues to function and grow due to all the support we receive from businesses, organizations, schools, and churches. To help fill our shelves we partner with the St. Louis Area Food Bank, the USDA, and Operation Food Search. To do all the hands-on work:  food collection, stocking, distribution, and administration we rely completely on volunteers. We are blessed and grateful for all the support we have received over the years — without which we might still be serving only a few dozen families.

Thank you for your continued support,

O.A.S.I.S. Food Pantry Board Members

Thrift Store Requesting Furniture

The Thrift Store is in need of furniture! It sells FAST and we currently have none. Please consider donating furniture to the OASIS Thrift Store. We can even pick up furniture donations in St. Charles and St. Peters area. Please call Loretta MacCallum with questions at (636) 233-1237. (Please no TV’s or entertainment centers.)

Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County is Seeking Homeownership Applications

Seeking Applications for Homeownership

Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County is seeking applications from people who live or work in St. Charles County that would like to buy a home through the Habitat partnership.  Individuals and families are approved and selected based on need, residency or employment in St. Charles County, ability to pay and willingness to partner.

Applications are accepted February 1st – February 16th and can be found online at www.habitatstcharles.org along with more details.

Questions can be sent to homeownership@habitatstcharles.org or 636-978-5712 x 118.

Coordinated Entry for Homeless Services

For people in our community who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, finding help can be challenging. Coordinated Entry creates a simpler way for people to get the help they need.

Coordinated Entry creates an easy to use and efficient way for people experiencing housing insecurity to access services. All housing services are accessed through a single phone number, United Way’s 2-1-1 helpline, connected to a centralized case management team.

Coordinated Entry uses an unbiased system for prioritizing people for placement in services. Households complete only one assessment that includes a research-based questionnaire to rank their level of vulnerability based on age, health, disability, mental health, available resources and other factors.

Coordinated Entry provides a more efficient system for nonprofit service providers. Since all calls and assessments are handled by the Coordinated Entry team, case managers at nonprofit agencies can focus on getting clients housed more quickly.

Coordinated Entry provides data to help our community better plan for housing needs. All calls go through a centralized number, so we can better track requests for assistance, referrals, services provided and contributing factors to homelessness.

CLICK HERE for a printable flier with step-by-step instructions for accessing housing services through Coordinated Entry.

To learn more about Coordinated Entry and how it works, watch this step-by-step video.

February Food Pantry News

OASIS Annual Christmas Shop = Happy, Warm Children

During the second weekend in December Hope Lutheran Church gym was again transformed into a Christmas shopping wonderland for OASIS parents. Throughout the year Santa’s helpers were busy collecting new toys and winter-outer-wear for this special Christmas shopping event. OASIS clients with children were able to ‘shop’ for winter-outer-wear for each family member and two new toys per child for FREE!  This year, with the help of our dedicated volunteers and generous donations from around the county, we provided toys, coats, gloves, and other goodies to 733 St. Charles area children to make their Christmas’s bright.

On your mark, get set, go!

The annual Youth Food Challenge begins February 11. This year the competition looks fierce so get ready to up your game. Get those grocery bags out and let’s get shopping!

Disney & Dessert – St. Charles Christian Home Educators (SCCHE)

Grace Community Chapel, 7661 Mexico Road, St. Peters, MO, is hosting the St. Charles Christian Home Educators evening of sweets, treats, and Disney songs on March 9 and 10. The events begin promptly at 7:00pm both evenings and children are encouraged to attend dressed as their favorite Disney character. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased on-line at:  scche-dessert.webflow.io. Food items for the OASIS Food Pantry will be collected at the event. So grab your Disney costume and some canned goods and let’s enjoy the music.

Thank you for your continued support,
OASIS Food Pantry Board Members

SCCHE Disney Concert Fundraiser on March 9 & 10

The Saint Charles Christian Home Educators (SCCHE) is putting on two performances at Grace Community Chapel in St. Peters MO.  As part of these events they are collecting food for the O.A.S.I.S. Food Pantry. Join the SCCHE Concert and Cantando Choir for an evening of sweets, treats, and your favorite DISNEY songs on March 9 & 10 @ 7:00pm at Grace Community Chapel, 7661 Mexico Rd., St. Peters MO. General admission tickets are $10. Reserve tickets online at http://scche-dessert.webflow.io/

Cold Weather Response

An Emergency Weather Response for the St. Charles area is in place during the winter months.  The goal of this effort is to provide St. Charles, Lincoln, and Warren County residents with a safe place to sleep on nights where the outside temperature could lead to hypothermia.  A response will be activated when the overnight temperature is predicted to be at or below 20 degrees.  The hotline number is 636-395-0492.

Hope Lutheran’s Annual Holiday Cabaret Dec. 16

When: Saturday December 16th
Time: Doors Open at 5:30PM
Cost: $20.00 per person

Come and enjoy a delicious catered buffet dinner with entertainment
provided by the Voices of Hope choir members.
This year we are excited to expand the event by hosting an O.A.S.I.S. Food Pantry sponsored silent auction, raising funds for their 2018 Children’s Summer Food program. There will be lots a great items to bid on and support a needed cause.

  • Social Time / Silent Auction … 5:30PM
  • Dinner … 6:30PM
  • Entertainment … 7:00PM

Enjoy a wonderful evening with family and friends. The planning teams,
choir members, and the O.A.S.I.S. Food pantry team members are working hard to make this another memorable night.

Adult beverages will be available for purchase.