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

Who We Serve

Changing Lives

Our Impact

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of children in our Early Childhood Center received routine medical care and age-appropriate immunizations
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of youth in our After School and Summer Camp Programs improved their self-esteem and confidence
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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 increased their income, personal savings and/or assets
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of participants in our Health & Wellness Program increased their level of physical activity
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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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