Sparrow In The News

Sharing Success supports Sparrow’s Nest mission

Member Newsletter September 2016

The Sparrow’s Nest in St. Charles County has been nominated by the Cuivre River Electric Cooperative Board of Directors, and recently selected to receive a $10,000 “Sharing Success” challenge grant sponsored by CoBank of Denver.

Current Times September_2016 (L-R) Cuivre River Electric Cooperative (CREC) Director Denise O’Mara, Sparrow’s Nest Founder/Executive Director Carissa Figgins, and CREC Manager of Finance and Accounting Susan Dollins celebrate a $10,000 Sharing Success grant from CREC and CoBank. Funds will help provide housing outreach for young women who are pregnant, parenting, and displaced or homeless.

The grant is jointly funded by Cuivre River and CoBank, a financial partner who seeks to recognize and support the work of non-profit organizations across the United States.

“The generous grant will have a positive impact on our young women and their babies – one that words simply cannot describe,” says Sparrow’s Nest Founder/Executive Director Carissa Figgins. Through their Sharing Success partnership, Cuivre River and CoBank each contributed $5,000.

Funds will help the Sparrow’s Nest provide long-term housing outreach to aid young women who are still growing up themselves, yet are displaced or homeless while pregnant and parenting.

“The Sparrow’s Nest provides a Christ-centered shelter for young women during their pregnancy, as well as up to a year after their baby is born,” says Figgins. “We become an extension of a young woman’s family while she continues her education, explores her faith, and volunteers back into the community as she strengthens her parenting skills.”

Young mothers and mothers-to-be continue their education while living at the maternity home and learning other life skills. “The Sharing Success grant will help us in our mission to provide these young women with a wide range of services that empower them to make positive and healthy life decisions for themselves and their babies,” says Figgins.

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Mrs. Missouri discusses The Sparrow’s Nest
golf tournament Friday, Aug. 26, 2016

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- On June 18th, Mrs. Wentzville, Heather Kemper-Hussey became Mrs. Missouri. Now she will represent the Show-Me-State at the Mrs. America Pageant later this month in Las Vegas.

Kemper-Hussey as well as Carissa Figgins, Founder and Executive Director of The Sparrow’s Nest Maternity Home, joined us on FOX 2 News in the Morning with more!

One of Mrs. Missouri’s missions is to bring awareness to teen pregnancy. That’s why she supports The Sparrow’s Nest, which is a shelter for young homeless and pregnant girls. There is a big golf tournament on Friday, August 26th to raise money for the organization.

Sparrow Scramble Golf Fundraiser
Friday, August 26th
The Links at Dardenne
7000 Brassel Drive
O’Fallon, Missouri
1 p.m.

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Agencies, community team up to give infants loving start

By: DeAnne LeBlanc
May 17, 2016

A room filled with love disguised as diapers “A room filled with love disguised as diapers”

Ten nonprofit agencies throughout St. Charles County recently worked together to help the county’s smallest residents during the 10th annual Shower of Love.

Each year,  Shower of Love provides hundreds of struggling families with their children’s most basic needs – formula, diapers and wipes.

Since its inception, the event has raised over $768,000 in donated diapers, wipes, formula, clothing and other baby care items. With the help of over 250 volunteers, who solicit items at local grocery stores, the items are distributed through agency partners to approximately 250 to 300 families each year. The goal is to collect enough items to supply needy children with life’s basic necessities for at least one year. It comes with only one catch – the hope of giving every baby a strong and loving start.

The collaborative effort benefits Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service, Birthright of St. Charles and Wentzville, Crisis Nursery, Nurses for Newborns, Our Lady’s Inn, Mary Queen of Angels, The Sparrow’s Nest Maternity Homes, ThriVe, and Youth In Need.

Bruce Sowatsky, executive director of the Community and Children’s Resource Board, which founded Shower of Love, said the agencies work well together and are not in competition with one another.


“It’s a little bit like the loaves and the fishes,” Sowatsky said. “It multiplies to a degree when we all work together. That’s the hallmark of this community, working not only between nonprofits, but [between] the business community and the local governments. That’s a very special connection and has helped [Shower of Love] continue to be successful.”

Local businesses, schools and nonprofits hosted drives to gather the child care items. Volunteers from partnering agencies also collected items at local grocery stores throughout St. Charles County.

St. Peters Mayor Len Pagano said the annual collection is “a way of being there when people are in need the most and that is always a good thing.”

“If you put value in someone, they will succeed,” he said.

Shower of Love Coordinator Michelle McElfresh gave high praise to the local communities and the event’s large contingent of volunteers.

“The public has been tremendously generous in their support of this collection drive over the years. We add more businesses, churches and schools every year who want to help by having their own drive, while contributing to the greater cause of reducing child abuse and neglect in our county,” McElfresh said.“My hope is that when families are feeling desperate, they will picture this room full of these items and the people that are here to support them.”

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100 Women Who Care contribute to
The Sparrow’s Nest


On July 20, 2015, 100 Women Who Care St. Charles County voted to give their second quarterly donation to The Sparrow’s Nest.

The July donation of $6,800 will go towards The Sparrow’s Nest mission to provide a Christ centered shelter and to educate homeless, pregnant and parenting young women by providing a wide range of services that empower them to make positive and healthy life decisions for themselves and their babies. For more information on The Sparrow’s Nest, visit

“It’s so empowering for the women in our group to know that their combined donations can make a huge impact for a deserving non-profit,” said Linda Johnson, co-founder of local chapter.

100 Women Who Care St. Charles County is a group of women who share a common desire to give back to our community. The group is open to all women — the more women who get involved, the greater the impact will be.

Here is how it works. Members join the organization and sign a commitment to donate $400 total during the year. Every member pledges to donate $100 to a St. Charles County non-profit charity selected at each of four annual meetings held in January, April, July, and October. The next quarterly meeting will be held 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at Morning Star Church (1600 Feise Road, Dardenne Prairie, Mo 63368.)

To join, visit or contact the Steering Committee at You may also visit 100 Women Who Care St. Charles County on Facebook at 100 Women Who Care St. Charles County Steering Committee Members are Linda Johnson (co-chair), Diane Clay (co-chair), Betty Hamilton, Lynn Neill and Heather Kemper-Hussey.


100+ Women Who Care STC is a group of women who care deeply about the community of St. Charles County. The group gathers four times a year for a one-hour meeting, and each member (or team of women) writes a $100 check to a charity that the group selects at that meeting. This combined donation of $10,000+ makes a real impact, without time-consuming fundraising events and planning. Our mission and our hope is to provide for those in greatest need in St. Charles County. For more information, visit our website at


The Sparrow’s Nest
as the Vinson Mortgage Charity in the Spotlight
July 2015


Sparrow on Show Me St Louis


Founder & Executive Director, Carissa Figgins, appeared on KSDK’s Show Me St. Louis. The Sparrow’s Nest was honored as the Vinson Mortgage Charity in the Spotlight for the month of July, 2015. Click here to view the interview on KSDK’s website.

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