Through holistic programs and services, we help the economically disadvantaged achieve economic independence, self-sufficiency and a path out of poverty.

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Changing Lives

Our Impact

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of children in our Early Childhood Center met or exceeded developmental milestones in Fine Motor Skills
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of youth in our Summer Camp Program developed positive self-concept, self-esteem, confidence and/or self-efficacy
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of teens in our Kingdom Academy Program graduated from high school or earned a GED or high school equivalent
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of participants in our Financial Stability Program were able to increase their income, personal savings and/or assets
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of participants who completed our Health & Wellness Program were successfully able to manage their physical health conditions
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of seniors in our Senior Companion Program remained in or transitioned to an improved, stable living situation
To help people achieve better lives. In fulfilling our mission, we teach people to fish, rather than just feeding them fish.
We were founded in 1902 as a settlement house by a shoe manufacturing executive who wanted to help the poor, many of whom were immigrants. The settlement house movement was popular at this time, spreading across the United States. Unrelated middle-class women and men lived cooperatively as “settlers” who hoped to share knowledge and culture with their low-paid, poorly educated neighbors. They provided services such as daycare, education and healthcare in an effort to alleviate poverty. More than 100 years after our founding, we continue to provide critical social services to the poorest of the poor in St. Louis.

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