This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: June 18, 2008 - A white minivan travels through the streets of St. Charles, past homes with blooming gardens, businesses and churches.
Jan Mills watches the road ahead. In the back seat sits a week's worth of food -- cereal, peanut butter, jelly, Spaghetti O's, diapers, Kool Aid. Mills, the coordinator for social services with Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service, drives toward the home of a woman she met a little more than a year ago.