Spire opens resource market to support struggling families at St. Louis Public City School 

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The market at Patrick Henry Elementary School offers free toiletries, food and clothing 

To support the more than 30% of students facing housing insecurities at Patrick Henry Elementary School, Spire is opening an in-school resource market that offers fresh and non-perishable foods, clothing, hygiene supplies and toiletry items at no cost to students and their families.  

Often, our families come to us in crisis - they are out of a job, out of their home, or out of the most basic necessities - and we do not always have the resources for them,” said Dr. Deborah Rogers, principal of Patrick Henry Elementary School. “Since 30% of our families do not have a stable place to call home, the Spire Resource Market meets a need for our families in crisis by providing access to vital items we cannot normally provide as a school.”

Spire commemorated the market’s official opening during a ribbon cutting ceremony at the school.

The successful opening of the resource market is based on the collaboration of multiple organizations. Spire donated a freezer, shelving and other materials to create the market. The Diamond Diva Empowerment Foundation donated a truckload of hygiene and toiletry products. 

“We are always aiming to bridge the gap when and where resources are needed,” said Eddie Ross, director of operations for the Diamond Diva Empowerment Foundation.

“So, when we received the call about the resources needed at Patrick Henry Elementary School, our commitment to this cause was instant. We are committed to rebuilding our communities, and this collaboration is a prime example of the partnerships required to ignite change.”

The Korey Johnson Foundation and the Kris Howard Group provide food, clothing and other items for the market.

“This partnership shows how community can impact anything it gets involved in,” said Korey Johnson, founder of the Korey Johnson Foundation. “It shows children that people who don’t even know them, care.”

The market is another example of Spire’s partnership with St. Louis City Public Schools. While the natural gas utility has previously hosted backpack giveaways and recently launched a mentoring program for young students, Spire was asked about the possibility of doing more to support the daily challenges many schools face to meet basic needs. 

“Spire has a genuine interest in advancing the communities we serve,” said Rex Thompson, Spire employee engagement specialist and an organizer of the market. “And no member of our community should have to worry about where their next meal is going to come from, or how they are going to access hygiene products or clean clothes —especially children. We are excited to roll up our sleeves and partner with several amazing organizations to support the needs of the families at Patrick Henry.”