As a way of supporting Ferguson business owners in their
efforts to rebuild after the damages incurred during the riots in November 2014,
KSDK-TV partnered with the St. Louis Regional Chamber to launch the STL
Together Fund. Through the generous
donations of viewers, at least 10 business owners received financial support to
cover operational costs, salvage damaged property, recover lost inventory, and
potentially retain employees. Business
owners received a small grant that can make a huge difference in the weeks
Queen K. Barnes-Greene will be able to use the money to clean her fire-damaged building and
salvage some of her equipment so she does not have to start from scratch. Cynthia Miskell was able to cover
operational costs that endangered the viability of Knodel’s Bakery, an institution
in Jennings since 1901. Xao Ziao Jiang
hopes to purchase a new refrigerator to replace one that had stopped working
just days before he received his check. These are just a few of the stories of
the business owners impacted by the STL Together Fund.
In the days ahead, demolition of the burned properties will
begin. Many in St. Louis, and in the Dellwood
community in particular, will see this as a sign of healing—of moving
But, there is still much work to be done in Ferguson. Now more than ever, St. Louis and the nation
must continue to turn towards Ferguson and focus on helping business owners and
residents move forward in rebuilding this historic community.
The Ferguson Commission is working to address the underlying
social injustices revealed by the civil unrest.
Economic Development agencies will continue to identify ways of providing
relief to business owners and attracting new investment to the community. But, what can citizens of St. Louis do to get
One way is to visit Ferguson and eat in a restaurant
there. Another is to continue to donate
money to the gofundme accounts of business owners working to get the attention
of the public. Visit the “Get Involved”
page of http://www.stlforward.com/get-involved/
to see a list of businesses that could still use your support. But, ultimately, it is the responsibility of
St. Louisans to stay engaged with Ferguson and the surrounding communities and
to help our region progress.