PAKT is People! People coming together to fill the need and help others in a time of crisis and to Build Hope for a Brighter Future.
Who We Are
We Fill The Need
We are a non-profit organization dedicated to the enrichment of people's lives through providing services to those in need. The issues facing North St. Louis County are large - poverty, education, homelessness, lack of multicultural enrichment involvement and exposure, and health and wellness. PAKT provides a solutions by creating programs that greatly impact our communities, then recruiting, managing and training dedicated volunteers to staff our programs. In these challenging times, the work of PAKT ensure that vital services continue for resource-strapped congregations, schools, other non-profits, and agencies.
To Help Others In Need
Our mission is simple: to help those in need. We strive to assist those in need through uniting Christian congregations, corporate foundations, and individuals in a community-based (both secular and Christ-centered) human social service organization to provide educational programs to individuals and families in need. PAKT Community Resource Center is already making a major impact on the world with our countless initiatives and good deeds. We invite you to come join us in this beautiful cause.
Where We Started
Our Founding Story
In 1965, St. Michael Lutheran Church conducted a study in North St. Louis County by the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, the Council of Lutheran Churches, and Lutheran congregations surrounding Kinloch. As a result, The PAKT Community Resource Center, formerly known as Parishes Associated on Kinloch Team, was established.
By the time of PAKT’s incorporation as a not-for-profit corporation in 1971, it had developed into an agency supported by congregations of various denominations in the North St. Louis County area. PAKT’s purpose is to conduct programs that address the material, health, educational, cultural enrichment, and recreational needs of individuals and families.
At one point or another during its history, PAKT sponsored a Teen Drop-in Center and Neighborhood Block Partnership, and served as an outpatient location for the St. Louis State Hospital and St. Louis County. Additionally, PAKT operated the nurse managed Community Nursing Center, which hosted Well Baby Clinics, and provided in-home care to the elderly. PAKT also operated a Resale Shop and housed Head Start programs at its facility. Until 1982, the clinic space at the PAKT facility operated as Kinloch Community Health Center staffed by the Daughters of Charity as an independent not-for-profit corporation providing general health care to area residents.
In 1978, structured activities for youth were developed and staffed through the CETA program. Following the two-year CETA contract, PAKT incorporated these activities as a formal component to the agency’s offerings that received funding through corporate gifts. In 1993, the program was expanded to include educational, recreational and cultural activities and was renamed the PAKT Youth Resources and Recreation Program. Funding from the Missouri Arts Council and Regional Arts Commission has provided the opportunity to develop the Summer Day Camp Multicultural Day Festivities, Color Me Bright fine art classes, and the Circus Skills workshops conducted by the Everyday Circus Foundation.
The most enduring PAKT programs, food pantry services, utility assistance and the annual distribution of Christmas toys, receive funding primarily through the network of Christian Congregations referred to as PAKT churches.
Since 1986, PAKT has received United Way support for its Core Material Needs programs (which include those direct service-to-individual programs mentioned above) and the Youth Resources and Recreation program. In addition to these funds, support for the youth programs come from the Variety Club of St. Louis, Suburban Journal’s Old Newsboy Day, various corporate gifts, and numerous individual supporters.
In 2001, PAKT legally changed its name from Parishes Associated on the Kinloch Team, Inc. to the PAKT Community Resource Center, Inc. The PAKT Board made this decision to reflect the nature of PAKT's service area, which includes the entire North St. Louis County and surrounding regions.
PAKT relocated to the Ferguson United Methodist Church complex in Ferguson, Missouri in April of 2006, after TriStar developers purchased its original properties.
PAKT relocated to its current home at 500 Airport Road, Ferguson, Missouri in 2011, and continues to help others Build Hope for a Brighter Future.
The PAKT Board of Directors consists of representatives from our supporting congregations, members-at-large, and individuals who are interested in the programs and ministries of PAKT.