Our Mission

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.

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St. Patrick Center manifests an attitude of openness that is inclusive of all faiths, beliefs and cultures. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, gender or gender identity.

Living out our core values of Trust, Ownership, Collaboration and Innovation, St. Patrick Center is a hand UP, not a hand out. We don’t enable homelessness. We assist people with changing their lives.

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St. Patrick Center focuses services in St. Louis City and St. Louis County, providing assistance to 3,700 individuals and families annually.

In addition to St. Louis City and St. Louis County, our Supportive Services for Veteran Families program operates in seven outlying counties: Franklin, Jefferson, Lincoln, St. Charles, St. Francois, Warren and Washington.

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


More than 3,680 St. Patrick Center volunteers each year donate 35,487 hours sorting donations, working fundraising events, serving lunch, making casseroles and more. View Volunteering Opportunities


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