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.

Donate to provide life-changing opportunities



St. Patrick Center Young Friends present the 2019 Irish Party on Friday, March 8 at Schlafly Tap Room in Downtown St. Louis.

Wear your green and enjoy food and drink, music, games, raffles and more.



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.



Nearly 3,500 St. Patrick Center volunteers donate 40,000 hours each year, 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.


Rayenell admits to messing up his marriage and a good, long-term job. “After that, I just didn’t care anymore; I wanted to be left alone.” The Illinois native endured 20 years of homelessness. “Indoors, outdoors, on the river and it wasn’t anybody’s fault but mine.”

Over the years, Rayenell learned how to get what he needed and appreciate what he got. “Being homeless is like living in another world, but everyone had a lesson to give me.” At first he came to St. Patrick Center for lunch, “but it’s way more than that.” Rayenell joined our Shamrock Club day treatment program and slowly realized how he could change his life. “I had to want it, and it took me a long time to get there.”

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