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.

5,900 Directly Assisted
1,500 Housing Support
   620 NEW Housing Placements
 400 Homelessness Prevented


Agency Wide

• In fiscal year 2018, St. Patrick Center directly assisted 5,900 clients and their families who were homeless or at risk.
• We completed 3,100 intakes and 1,200 assessments of new or returning clients to determine barriers to housing.
• We provided 142,500 hot meals.
• We provided 42,600 shelter nights.

Permanent Housing

• We provided rental assistance and case management services to 1,500 clients and their family members.
• Of these, 620 were NEW housing placements.
• We prevented homelessness for 400 clients and their families, distributing all homelessness prevention funding resources.

About This Population

• Based on data, 10% of the people who walked through our doors needed minimal assistance to get back on their feet and stabilized in housing.
• 60% were candidates for a rapid connection to permanent housing and shorter-term case management.
• 30% needed longer-term, more intensive case management to maintain permanent housing. Two-thirds of our staff resources were allocated to this group.

Client Care

Housing First does not mean housing only. Support services are necessary to help people stabilize, set and achieve goals, and lead productive lives. St. Patrick Center offers support services such as job and skills training, employment placement and behavioral health programs.

• We helped 230 clients find jobs.
• We helped 860 clients find a medical home by providing healthcare referrals and on-site nursing visits through our partnership with Affinia Healthcare.
• We provided behavioral health services to clients in nearly all of our programs.
• Total attendance at various classes in our Shamrock Club day treatment program was 13,200.


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Edith Cunnane

Visionary, philanthropist, advocate, realist, idealist, miracle worker & dedicated leader. In the early 1980s on a bitterly cold day, Edith Cunnane, a social worker, asked a group of people why they were outside. In partnership with the Archdiocese of St. Louis, Catholic Charities of St. Louis and Monsignor Robert Slattery, Edith founded St. Patrick Center in 1983 inside the former St. Patrick School at 6th and Biddle Streets.

For the next ten years, she served as the Center’s first Executive Director, working tirelessly to increase services to the most vulnerable people. Under Edith’s direction, St. Patrick Center opened the Shamrock Club, the nation’s first day treatment program for mentally ill homeless people. The Casserole program and McMurphy’s Grill were also launched under her tutelage. Programs expanded to include housing assistance, employment services and life skills training.

We salute Edith Cunnane for her commitment, dedication and service to St. Patrick Center. Her leadership created a haven and resource for the most underserved and nearly forgotten people in our community – the homeless.


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. Donate Today


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