Our mission is to help people achieve a better life.
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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of children in our Early Childhood Center received routine medical care and immunizations
of youth in our Summer Camp Program demonstrated proficiency in reading
of teens in our Kingdom Academy Program graduated from high school or earned a GED or high school equivalent
of participants in our Financial Stability Program were able to increase their income, personal savings and/or assets
of our participants in our Maternal Mental Health Program experienced fewer mental, emotional or behavioral symptoms
of seniors in our Senior Companion Program reported feeling less isolated
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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