Let's Build VALENTINE PLACE for people with disabilities!

For: Families in crisis who need Caring Solutions help
Ferguson, MO
Organizer: CARING SOLUTIONS
$3,240
of $15,000 goal.
Raised by 49 donors
21% Complete

The Story

Families can find themselves in a daily crisis living with a loved one who has autism or other developmental disabilities and significant behavior issues. Caring Solutions has 15 years nonprofit experience designing and providing outstanding services to children and adults with developmental disabilities in the Greater St. Louis Area and surrounding Missouri counties--helping them discover their abilities. Now, Caring Solutions is gearing up to provide in-home crisis intervention support, therapies and services for the individuals with these additional behavioral challenges and their families. "Valentine Place" will be the out-of-home component of this unique Family Support Program--the first of its kind in Missouri--and will be a place where the individuals can stay as needed for therapies while the family can get a much-needed break and learn best approaches to use upon their loved ones return.  Thanks to a grant from Trudy Busch Valentine, John D. and Trudy B. Valentine Family Charitable Fund of the St. Louis Community Foundation, a property and apartment building was purchased in the city of Ferguson, MO.  Businesses, foundations and individuals are already stepping up to help rehab and renovate this building that will be Valentine Place--a nurturing place to stay.   Caring Solutions will appreciate financial contributions of all sizes this spring and summer toward this groundbreaking effort to help families in need. If you know contractors, builders, suppliers, organizations and volunteers who would like to donate materials, labor, time and/or financial gifts, we would love to hear from you or them as well! Thank you for helping Caring Solutions build Valentine Place!  Services By Design, Inc. doing business as Caring Solutions is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and gifts are tax-deductible in accordance with current tax laws. EIN: 03-0374478   www.caringsolutions.org

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on February 24, 2017

Posted on February 24, 2017

Caring Solutions thanks YOU from the bottom of our hearts! 

Those contributing to Valentine Place--starting over a year ago now via online gifts through YouCaring—helped get the ball rolling. The Valentine Place renovation is completed…and it’s beautiful!

What’s REALLY beautiful is that YOU provided some of THE FIRST GIFTS so that children and adults with developmental disabilities and behavioral challenges can have a place to go for short-term stays. Valentine Place is a safe and comfortable home where and specially-trained staff can deliver therapeutic services to an individual while their family can get a much-needed break and also learn skills for when they welcome their loved one home.

Click on this link VALENTINE PLACE Ribbon Cutting to see the KSDK news clip where a few of our major foundation and corporate donors participated in a ribbon cutting on Valentine's Day. We already have our first individuals/families scheduled for services in March with the assistance of the St. Louis Regional Center for Developmental Disabilities.

Again, our sincere and heartfelt thanks to YOU for kicking off our fundraising efforts to make Caring Solutions Family Support Program and Valentine Place possible!


Posted on November 22, 2016

Posted on November 22, 2016

We are thankful this year to all those contributing to the renovation of this property that is becoming Valentine Place! Gifts through this YouCaring site and our website and other ways—including foundation giving and in-kind material gifts--are making it happen! 

Volunteer painters did interior painting this past weekend so we are heading into the homestretch! Special thanks to those volunteers representing Emerson, Express Scripts, All Biz BNI, Rotary Club of West St. Louis, County, New Song Church, Washington University Occupational Therapy students, BC Construction and several individual volunteers as well. At this point, completion is anticipated for January. We’ll keep you posted!

Warm wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving to all of you caring contributors who gave some of the first gifts right here on YouCaring earlier this year. Because of you and others, we will soon be helping more families and their loved ones with developmental disabilities and behavior challenges—both in their homes and at Valentine Place. That’s a great gift you are giving!


Posted on July 25, 2016

Posted on July 25, 2016

After a gut rehab of the building in Ferguson--thanks to many wonderful volunteers--construction is underway!

We are grateful for the gifts we have received thus far from individuals, businesses and foundations plus the many commitments for donated building materials! 

THANKS TO ALL OF YOU who helped us get started with gifts on this You Caring online portion of our effort. We continue to welcome and appreciate contributions. Please share this with others you know who may be interested in helping, too!  We'll be sending another update soon. 

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