School Social Work Services

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  • School social workers serve as the link between students, families, and the school. They work with parents, guardians, teachers, and other school officials to eliminate barriers children may have to learning and attempt to ensure that students reach their academic and personal potential. They also assist students in dealing with stress or emotional problems. School social workers address problems such as misbehavior, truancy, and economic hardship and advise teachers on how to cope with difficult students while providing parents with resources.

    Please visit our FFSD SUPPORT SITE for resources for parents and educators to use when supporting students.

    For more information or questions about how we can help, feel free to call or e-mail one of our school social workers listed below.

    Kate Obermeier (314) 213-0714 or kobermeier@fergflor.org

    Kate works with all of the district's Pre-K - 2nd grade buildings.

    Debbie Bodden (314) 541-0810  or dbodden@fergflor.org

    Debbie works with all of the district's 3rd - 5th grade buildings and 6th grade centers.

    Lynda Partee (314) 210-3792 or lpartee@fergflor.org

    Lynda works with all of the district's middle and high schools.

    Timothy Merritt (314) 778-1572 or tmerritt@fergflor.org

    Tim works with students attending at the Restoration Center.

    Bree Moore (314) 778-1581 or brmoore@fergflor.org

    Bree works with students attending the Restoration Center.

    Whitney Johnson (314) 562-4190 or whjohnson@fergflor.org

    Whitney works with families that are enrolled in the district under the McKinney-Vento Act.

  • COVID-19 INFORMATION

    The District Social Work Team has put together a manual of COVID-19 updates and resources. Click here to access the FFSD COVID-19 RESOURCE MANUAL.

    Ameren will be starting to send out disconnection notices at the end of July. See the bottom of the page for more details.

    To request services from the District Social Work Team, please complete this Social Work Assistance Request Form, and one of our team members will follow up with you as soon as possible.

    FOOD

    The United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service has approved two retailers--Amazon and Walmart--for online purchasing with use of an EBT card.

    SNAP is now accepted at the EarthDance booth at the Ferguson Farmers Market.

    For a list of food resources as well as upcoming food distribution events, please visit the Community Food Resources tab. Please note that, as of August 21, 2020, Operation Food Search will no longer be distributing food at the libraries.

    EMPLOYMENT

    Missouri has launched a virtual workshop (Monday-Friday between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM) to help workers who have been laid off as a result of COVID-19. Create an account and register for an appointment through the Missouri Job Center. A staff member will call you to talk about unemployment, temporary financial assistance, online job search workshops, and other resources.

    UTILITIES

    Local utilities are committed to continuing to provide service during the coronavirus pandemic. Most remain committed to NOT shutting off any services during this time, and some have special programs to assist with bill paying. See below for specific utility websites and contact information.

    UPDATE FROM AMEREN:

    Ameren Missouri recognizes that paying for utilities continues to be a challenge for our customers. Because we understand that there is still a considerable need, Ameren Missouri is donating an additional $500,000 to help customers who don't qualify for LIHEAP pay off their energy bills. In addition to the $4 million pledged earlier this year, this $500,000 donation will help moderate-income families who are having trouble paying their energy bills because of the pandemic.

    The funds will be provided through a relaunch of the Clean Slate program!

     The  Ameren Missouri COVID-19 Clean Slate program is designed to help our most vulnerable, income-eligible customers pay off their past-due utility bills.

    In order to assist more customers, the program:

    • Helps customers with income up to 250% Federal Poverty Level
    • Provides up to $500 towards remaining balance on their account after paying 25% of the current balance
    • Allows customers to then make a payment arrangement for what remains
    • Offers assistance through Cooldownmissouri.org for the elderly, physically disabled, and low-to-moderate income families that have been impacted by COVID-19

    Additional information about the COVID-19 Clean Slate program can be found at AmerenMissouri.com/CleanSlate

     We are encouraging customers to take advantage of various funding sources, while they are available.

     Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)The Missouri Department of Social Services helps income-eligible customers.

    • The application period for the Summer LIHEAP program has been extended to October 31, 2020
    • Income eligibility has been increased to up to 150% of the Federal Poverty Level
    • LIHEAP also includes the Energy Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP) and offers a one-time payment of up to $600
    • Contact your local Community Action Agency or call 1-855-FSD-INFO (1-855-373-4636) to request an application

    Cooldownmissouri.org – Funds are available for the elderly, physically disabled, and low-to-moderate income families.

    Low Income Weatherization Assistance –Reduce energy bills by weatherizing a home. Income-eligible customers can call the United Way at 211 to learn about weatherization assistance agencies in an area.

    Ameren Missouri- Additional energy assistance funding and options for customers, including those who may not qualify for other utility assistance types and are having difficulty paying their bill:

      • Payment Agreements allow customers to make a down payment toward their energy statement, then spread their remaining balance over 12 months
      • Alerts – Stay up-to-date regarding bills and service with text and email alerts
      • Energy Efficiency Rebates – A variety of energy-efficiency rebates and offers are available to help reduce your energy usage. Visit AmerenMissouriSavings.com for program details 
      • Pick A Due Date lets customers pick the day of the month that is most convenient to pay an Ameren energy bill
      • Budget Billing Plan- Budget billing takes the average of a customer's past year's bills to determine a new monthly bill amount that they'll pay throughout the year. This makes it easy for them to budget their monthly energy dollars

     For questions and a complete list of energy assistance programs, customers are welcome to visit us online AmerenMissouri.com/energyassistance or call 1-800-552-7583.

     

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