Friday, July 19, 2013

Release: STLCC, Better Family Life Partner for St. Louis Metropolitan Area Amnesty Project

For the third year in a row, St. Louis Community College is teaming with Better Family Life Inc. to offer St. Louisans with misdemeanor warrants an opportunity to move past these issues through the 2013 St. Louis Metropolitan Area Amnesty Project.

The Amnesty Project was established in 2002 as a one-day event to help citizens clear their records of outstanding traffic-related warrants. The program has expanded to include all misdemeanor warrants, and this year, for the first time, outstanding child support cases. However, the child support warrant relief hours will take place only at the Better Family Life Cultural Business and Education Center.

The program at STLCC will be conducted over three days, and allow individuals to resolve outstanding warrants with more than 33 city and county municipalities at three campuses from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.:

·         Saturday, Aug. 3, in the Student Center at the Meramec campus, 11333 Big Bend Road.
·         Wednesday, Aug. 7, in the gymnasium at the Florissant Valley campus, 3400 Pershall Road.
·         Saturday, Aug. 10, in the Mildred E. Bastian Center for the Performing Arts at the Forest Park campus, 5600 Oakland Ave.

The Amnesty Project provides participants the chance to resolve situations that may be preventing them from getting or keeping a job or moving ahead in their lives and thus, build more productive futures for themselves and their families.

Participants will be assessed a $10 processing fee to cover all warrant vouchers. STLCC representatives also will be on hand to discuss educational opportunities available to participants.

“We’re very excited about this program. Everyone deserves a second chance,” said Aaron Jimenez, police chief of St. Ann, who also represented  the North County Police Chiefs Association.

The Amnesty Project is part of Better Family Life’s annual Family Week. Their goal is “Back to the Basics – Faith, Family and Neighborhood.”

“We believe that the family is the single-most important unit that makes up society, and we are dedicated to finding internal solutions to the ills, to the obstacles and conditions that plague our neighborhoods,” said James Clark, Better Family Life’s vice president of community outreach. “We are dedicated to changing families through empowering individuals.”

The Child Support Warrant Relief program will be held on Saturday, Aug. 17; Wednesday, Aug. 21, and Saturday, Aug. 31, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Better Family Life Cultural Business and Education Center, 5415 Page Blvd.

For more information, visit www.betterfamilylife.org or call 314-381-8200.

Established in 1962, St. Louis Community College is the largest community college district in Missouri and one of the largest in the United States.  STLCC has four campuses – Florissant Valley, Forest Park, Meramec and Wildwood – that annually serve more than 81,000 students through credit courses, continuing education and workforce development programs.  For more information about STLCC, visit www.stlcc.edu.

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