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Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

Before saying goodbye to sweet summer time, say hello to a tasty new treat. The Cup, St. Louis’ Original Bakery, will be selling limited-edition “back to school” cupcakes from August 12th-24th. These special cupcakes will feature a french vanilla cake with multi-color and alphabet sprinkles, vanilla buttercream and a school themed ring topper. Besides being delicious, these cupcakes have a dual purpose – 20% of every “back to school” cupcake sold will benefit Angels’ Arms. Also, when you buy a “back to school” cupcake in store or online, you will be entered into a raffle for a $50 CUP gift card. Both the Central West End and Edwardsville, Illinois locations will be participating in the promotion. Indulge yourself with a hand-crafted cupcake and enjoy the last few days before homework and carpools.


We’re Hiring!

We’re growing our team and seeking a Communications Coordinator. This is a newly created position that is solely dedicated to communications.  The ideal candidate for this job is creative and can operate effectively and efficiently in a fast-paced environment. A positive, can-do attitude with strong self-initiative and the ability to multi-task with staff are essential to the success of this position.

The Communications Coordinator is responsible for the planning, development, and implementation of the organization’s communications, marketing, social media, and public relations activities while supporting internal team members.

Essential duties and responsibilities:

  • Produce content for our key audiences via website, social media, email marketing, and print marketing.
  • Coordinate the design and production of all marketing materials and messaging for key programs and events.
  • Implement a new strategic marketing and social media plan.
  • Write and edit copy for Angels’ Arms marketing materials.
  • Work with website developer to update website design and content.
  • Coordinate the design and production of all materials to support fundraising efforts such as sponsorship decks and outreach materials.
  • Assist with the design and distribution of event-branded materials and supplies.
  • Monitor all communications and fundraising efforts, internal and external, to ensure the consistency of brand messaging.
  • Maintain and update the Angels’ Arms photo database.
  • Generate new angles and ideas to promote support and awareness of our mission.
  • Create and manage social media editorial calendar.
  • Develop channel-specific, timely content, and campaigns.
  • Actively monitor and engage with our community on social media to drive engagement, support, and awareness of Angels’ Arms.
  • Create and host live-streamed social media events, as needed.
  • Monitor and analyze social media data and create a monthly insights report as a way to improve messaging and outreach.
  • Stay on top of emerging social media trends and other social channels; analyze and report opportunities for growth.
  • Assist in the creation and distribution of press releases and serve as a media point of contact.
  • Attend and participate in public speaking engagements.
  • Manage the Angels’ Arms swag inventory and order new items as needed.


  • Bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications or a related field.
  • 1 – 2 years of experience in marketing, communications and/or social media management role.
  • High level of proficiency using all Microsoft Office applications.
  • Experience with managing an organization’s social media accounts including Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn.
  • Knowledge of Photoshop, InDesign, iMovie, Canva, Constant Contact, and WordPress a plus but not required.

Skills and abilities:

  • Exceptional writing and editing skills.
  • Must be able to communicate clearly and effectively.
  • Ability to prioritize multiple projects.
  • Strong time-management and organizational skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.

Salary range: 
$35,000-$38,000, plus health, retirement, vacation and life insurance benefits.

To apply:

Please send a cover letter and resume to Jasmina Schue at This full-time position is based out of the Angels’ Arms office in South St. Louis County (12128A Tesson Ferry Rd., St. Louis, MO 63128).


St. Louis Blues Game Raffle for Angels’ Arms

UPDATE: 5/13/2019 – 4:15PM
Congratulations to Jenna Sparks for winning the Game 3 Blues VS Sharks tickets. Thank you to everyone who participated in the raffle, helping us raise $5,000 in support of our foster families. Special shout-out the Jen and Rodney Wallner for donating their tickets and making the raffle possible.

Support Angels’ Arms this National Foster Care Awareness Month by entering for a chance to experience the magic of playoff hockey in GLASS SEATS at Game #3 of the Western Conference Finals between the St. Louis Blues and San Jose Sharks on Wednesday, May 15 at 7 pm.

Raffle ticket quantity Options:
1 raffle ticket – $25
5 raffle tickets – $100

Prize includes TWO all-inclusive GLASS SEAT tickets to the Scott Credit Union Rinkside Club, section 109G, Row A, Seats 8&9. Hang out with fellow Blues fans in this comfortable and relaxed environment during pregame, intermission, and after the final horn and enjoy all-inclusive food and beverage including chef-attended action stations.

Winner will be selected on 5/13/19 at 4PM CST via Angels’ Arms Facebook LIVE @angelsarmsstl and contacted shortly after by Angels’ Arms staff.

100% of all raffle proceeds benefit Angels’ Arms

Raffle proudly sponsored by The Wallner Home Selling Team.

Play Gloria!


Dean Team Makes Car Dreams Come True

Angels’ Arms Team Members with Wes Gallegos from Dean Team

Shopping for a new car can be a daunting task. For Angels’ Arms team members Bess Wilfong and Jasmina Schue, it was a very fun experience, all thanks to our friends at the Dean Team.

In 2013, we purchased our very first Angels’ Arms van, a used (and very well loved) 2005 Ford Limited Freestar. We bought it from a long-time supporter for a very humble price and for six years, it was our go-to form of transportation for picking up donations such as furniture for our homes, cereal, paper products and food collected by local schools, churches, and organizations. Every holiday season, we picked up hundreds of gifts from Secret Santas in our community and every spring we packed the van with mulch and plants for volunteer groups who donated their time sprucing up the yards at our homes. It also came in handy when delivering event supplies to dozens of fundraisers over the years. After clocking 100K+ miles and many bumps and scratches along the way, it was time to find a more reliable vehicle for our organization and we knew exactly who to turn to.

The Dean Team has been helping our foster youth purchase their new (used) cars for some time now. Four young adults in our Life Launch program have worked with Wes Gallegos at Dean Team to find the perfect car within their budget. Wes helped guide each youth through what can typically be a very nerve-wracking process, especially when many of them did not have family members to lean on for support.

“It was my pleasure to serve the youth of Angels’ Arms and help them find safe and reliable vehicles to drive.”

– Wes Gallegos, Dean Team

“Pat Dean has been supporting Angels’ Arms for several years in other capacities, and now he’s making sure our older youth have the opportunity to purchase a vehicle as part of their path to independence.  We know our youth are in good hands with the Dean Team.”

– Bess Wilfong, Angels’ Arms

Angels’ Arms Honored in Washington D.C.

Thanks to a nomination by Congresswoman Ann Wagner, Angels’ Arms is a 2018 Angels’ in Adoption Nominee.  The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI), which coordinates the Angels in Adoption® Program, honored Angels’ Arms Founder and Executive Director, Bess Wilfong, at an awards ceremony on September 26 in Washington, D.C. Bess is joined by former foster youth and current Angels’ Arms Junior Board Member, Javon Coleman.

Javon and Bess at the Angels’ in Adoption Welcome Ceremony.

This year, more than 100 Angels were honored through the 20th Annual Angels in Adoption® Program. The Angels in Adoption® Program is a unique annual opportunity in the nation’s capital to shine a well-deserved spotlight on the power of adoption and the unspoken heroes who have made the dream of a family a reality for children.

Angels’ Arms was recognized for creating a one-of-kind non-profit organization that engages the community to support foster families in St. Louis, Missouri. Over the last 18 years, Angels’ Arms homes have been a safe haven to over 500 foster children, many of whom were part of a sibling group.

“Javon and I spent three days with politicians from both parties and extraordinarily dedicated foster and adoptive parents, governors, representatives & senators…all to share how we can help administer a God-given right often unacknowledged: every single child deserves a loving family. This award is for all of us, and we were honored to accept it on behalf of all of you who have contributed to “our” children’s lives.” – Bess Wilfong

The Angels in Adoption® Program is CCAI’s signature public awareness event and provides an opportunity for all members of the U.S. Congress to honor the good work of their constituents who have enriched the lives of children in the United States and abroad.

Founded in 2001 by the active co-chairs of the bicameral, bipartisan Congressional Coalition on Adoption, one of Congress’ premier caucuses, CCAI works with the Coalition to eliminate policy barriers that hinder children from realizing their basic right of a family and more effectively raise congressional and public awareness about adoption.

The Angels in Adoption® Program was established in 1999 as a congressional press conference to honor outstanding individuals. Since then, the program has developed into a yearlong public awareness campaign, culminating in an extraordinary advocacy training program and celebratory gala in Washington, D.C.


HUCK’S Becomes First Home Sponsor

In January 2018, Angels’ Arms partnered with Huck’s Food and Fuel to sponsor Huck’s House, an Angels’ Arms home located in O’Fallon, MO.

Check out the Fox 2 NEWS story announcing the partnership.

The home sponsorship through Huck’s will ensure that the children and the home’s needs will be met, including everything from clothing, shoes, and school supplies to assistance with activity fees and equipment for sports, music and more.

Huck’s staff will also have the opportunity to meet with the youth and sponsor the children on their birthdays and holidays. 

Huck’s is the first corporation to sponsor an Angels’ Arms home.

The Huck’s Executive Team paid a visit to the foster home and spent some time getting to know the foster parents and 8 children who live in the home.



A message from the Founder/Executive Director

Dearest friends of Angels’ Arms,

I wanted you to know that I’ll be away for the next few weeks getting surgery for my recently diagnosed breast cancer. I’ll be having all of this done out of town and will return mid-December, stronger than ever. In the meantime, I know the organization will be in great hands and although I hate to miss all the wonderful holiday events with our foster families and board, I’m assured there will be lots of photos.

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and thank you for being part of this mission.



A Special Thank You to the Mueller Family

Pictured from left: Jasmina Schue, Gary and Lynn Mueller with their grandson and Bess Wilfong

We are deeply grateful to the Mueller family and friends for their commitment to Angels’ Arms over the last ten years. They recently hosted the 10th Annual Dan Mueller Memorial Golf Tournament and presented Angels’ Arms with a $14,000 donation. Since 2008, this incredible sell-out event, honoring their son Dan’s memory, has contributed over $150,000 towards our mission! Just think of how many children’s lives have been impacted in Dan’s memory. We love the Mueller family and are humbled to receive their support each year.



Snag a Cardinals Grab Bag!

Guess what Cardinals FANS!? We have a VERY limited quantity of autographed baseballs remaining from the 2017 Cardinals Wives Grab Bag event. This is YOUR chance to take home a baseball signed by any one of the current baseball players on the 2017 Cardinals roster. 

Baseballs are $50/each and you never know who you’re gonna get! It could be Adam Wainwright, it could be Matt Carpenter…or any of the other players on the roster. 100% of your purchase will benefit Angels’ Arms.


as an added bonus, anyone who buys a baseball between June 6-June 15, 2017 will be entered to win a Cardinals *MARTY PASS which can be redeemed for 2 tickets to a Monday-Thursday home game during the 2017 season. FOUR (4) winners will be selecting LIVE via facebook on Friday, June 16 at 12PM CST. GOOD LUCK!

*MARTY PASS must be redeemed by August 31, 2017. Tickets based on availability. Other exclusions may apply.




Abby Recognized by Crestwood/Sunset Kiwanis

Each month, the Crestwood/ Sunset Hills Kiwanis Club recognizes outstanding students in the community. In April, the honor went to one of our very own. Abby, a senior at Lindbergh High School, was nominated by her counselor, Jonathan Riethmeier. Jonathan has known Abby since her freshman year and recognizes the struggles she’s faced in life and throughout her high school career but Abby continued to persevere and put her best foot forward. Her drive and resilience has led her to greatly improve her grades over time and even enroll in honors courses, participate in Key Club, Reading Club and the College Bound Program all while working part time at a fast food restaurant. Abby always maintains a positive attitude and continues to inspire everyone she meets. She is very deserving of this honor.

A few days after receiving the award, Abby was thrilled to attend her high school prom, and thanks to a few generous donors, was able to have her hair and makeup done for the big event. 

Angels’ Arms foster mom Barb Bocklage said it best, “Throughout the years, it is watching these special kids persevere that touches me most. They are all amazing souls that bless our lives with their presence even if only for a short while!”