There are many homeless services in the Missouri region, including shelters of all types, bathing facilities, and mail facilities. And, if you want to help, there are also volunteer opportunities available.
Their Lady’s Inn improves the lives of pregnant, homeless women and their children by providing residential shelter and hope for a new life through humble acts of love. Their Lady’s Inn is a maternity home and aftercare program for homeless, pregnant women and their children. They are dedicated to providing safe shelter, food, clothing, education, counseling and vocational guidance to address the physical, mental, and spiritual needs of women who are pregnant and homeless. They are committed to providing a stabilized living situation based on spiritual values, giving help and hope for a better future: saving lives, building healthy and hopeful tomorrows, one mother, one baby, one family at a time.
Emergency Residential Shelter for pregnant, homeless women and their children.
Project COPE (Congregation Offender Partnership Enterprise) provides community re-entry support for ex-offenders through faith-based and other community team partnerships and transitional housing.
Project COPE accepts men and women who have served long prison terms for violent crimes and whose family relationships are strained or limited. You must have received an outdate from the Parole Board that is eight months to two years in the future. Write to COPE, stating ytheir outdate and a little about yourself, and ask for an application. If ytheir application is accepted, someone from COPE will come to interview you.
If you are accepted into COPE, you will be partnered with a team from a faith congregation, making a one-year commitment together.
COPE owns three apartment buildings and 10 transitional housing units. Most of their partners need housing and stay in one of their apartments until they have a job and are able to afford their own place. Housing is available for up to eight months. Their residents are expected to get a job and begin paying program fees within the first two months. These fees are on a sliding scale. During the first month of work, the person pays 15% of their income; the second month, 25%; thereafter, 35%, but never exceeding $250. Residents also participate in a savings plan.
COPE partners with people who have home plans with family, as well as those accepted into transitional housing. Their staff and teams provide money and transportation to get a birth certificate, state ID and Social Security card. At the start of the partnership, they also provide food and clothing. While COPE team members usually are not licensed counselors, they do offer emotional support, encouragement, preparation for job interviews, and social relationships, teaching their partners what “normal” looks like. In particular, the teams help with decision-making and long-range planning, helping their partners evaluate the outcome.
COPE staff and teams also teach other basic skills: budgeting, saving, house-keeping, cooking, use of appliances, St. Louis geography, bus routes and map-reading.
After eight months, the resident moves to independent housing. The team helps furnish the apartment and stays in touch during those first months when the person is on their own. At the end of the year, the partner graduates at a big pot luck celebration. Often, teams remain friendly with their partners, and some partners even become members of the teams themselves.
Project COPE is a small program. They can work with about 50 people a year, but they get at least 300 letters of inquiry. Do write if you would like to be considered and know that they will do their best to respond and to accept you if they can.
Saint Louis City County
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Hotline For the Homeless
1100 E 11th St Kansas City, MO 64106 (816) 474-4599
Operates to meet the basic needs of the homeless throughout Central Missouri and those unable to afford housing while visiting a relative in the Boonville Correctional Center. Services includes free food, shelter, and counseling as well as referrals in cases of medical emergencies.