At The Center of Change

St. Patrick Center provides opportunities for self-sufficiency and dignity to people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Individuals and families build permanent, positive change in their lives through safe and affordable housing, sound mental and physical health, and employment and financial stability.

Join us at the 2018 St. Patrick Center Irish Open in June


Irish Open Gala_June 2017_16St. Patrick Center Irish Open

Click your heels three times and follow the yellow brick road to the 2018 St. Patrick Center
Irish Open
, presented by Frank Leta Automotive Family.

Our 34th annual two-day extravaganza begins with a formal gala and dinner auction on Saturday,
June 2
at St. Louis Union Station Hotel and continues with a golf tournament on Monday, June 4
at the beautiful Norwood Hills Country Club.

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St. Patrick Center is building permanent, positive change one life at a time. Each client is important; each donor is valued, each dollar is vital to our ability to help people change their lives.



More than 4,600 St. Patrick Center volunteers each year donate nearly 45,000 hours sorting donations, working fundraising events, serving lunch, making casseroles and more.



We have a variety of events throughout the year, from fundraisers to client events, community support and young friends.

Housing First

St. Patrick Center is working collaboratively to transform homeless services and end chronic homelessness in the St. Louis region. Collaborations are with service providers, faith-based organizations, the business community and all levels of government.

There is one solution to ending chronic homelessness: housing. How will we do it? Housing First, a homeless assistance approach that prioritizes providing people experiencing homelessness with permanent housing as quickly as possible, and then providing supportive services as needed.


St. Patrick Center offers employment programs aimed at getting people back on their feet through job readiness training, advanced skills and placement into full-time and part-time jobs.


St. Patrick Center offers several programs and support services for veterans who served our country then found themselves homeless or at risk.


St. Patrick Center offers health programs for people experiencing behavioral health issues, such as mental illness and substance abuse. Through partnerships, we also connect people to primary healthcare through Affinia Healthcare and meditation groups through Anthropedia Foundation.


After serving eight years in the U.S. Navy, James loved life — with a job, three children and happy marriage — but his struggles with addiction and mental illness eventually caused him to leave behind what he loved most. “I had the right things in my life; I just didn’t know how to do them right.”

For years, James went on drug binges. “I would be okay, then fall back into old bad habits.” One night, he left in the family vehicle. When he awoke the next day, the car had been stolen. Unable to face his family, he never went home. “I couch-surfed, and slept in abandoned homes, on sidewalks and on train platforms.”

James Story Photo