We did it!


Last month, we asked for your help as we launched a BIG initiative to end homelessness, the 40 in 40 Housing Challenge. We set about to move 40 clients and their families into housing over a 40-day period.

Jacqueline 5-19-14 (10)We’re thrilled to announce that we achieved the end of homelessness for 76 clients and their families! Many thanks to more than 60 staff members, who worked tirelessly with clients on searches, applications, approvals and more. St. Patrick Center and Biddle Housing Opportunities Center, along with multiple partner agencies in the St. Louis City and County Continua of Care, truly collaborated to move these clients into homes.

We’re grateful for new and existing relationships, such as with landlords, Alderwoman Marlene Davis and partner agencies, that helped make this challenge such a success.

GOAL: House 40 clients/families
ACTUAL: Housed 76 clients/families

Here’s a review of what you, our community champions, accomplished for these many move-ins:

Georgia Jones 7-14 004 CROP• Donated needed items for 19 move-in kits

• Donated 61 new mattresses and bed frames

• Donated $5,600 to purchase furniture vouchers in partnership with St. Vincent de Paul

Of course, our clients say it best. This from Kaliah upon receiving the keys to her new apartment: “I’m moving in today and I’m so excited! I can’t wait to show our new home to my daughter when she gets out of school.”

Thanks again for all you do to champion change in our community!