The Latest in Helping People Transform Their Lives
Did you know that St. Patrick Center currently has more than 30 programs? Unlike many organizations that have experienced diminished capacity during the pandemic, we are alive and thriving. On May 19, we will officially open, bless and give socially distanced tours of our newly renovated Client Welcome Center and Women’s Night Program. To improve upon our practice of trauma-informed care and client privacy, our Client Welcome Center underwent construction of five new, private offices for staff to complete client intakes and offer various services.
Begun more than 30 years ago in 1988, the Women’s Night Program is one of our longest-running programs. Now, the program is expanding from 20 to 30 women on our second floor. Each will have their own “dorm” room plus continued access to Shamrock Club, case management, programs, classes and more.
In March, our Mobile Outreach team partnered with the City in a new shower program, hitting the streets of St. Louis to let people refresh themselves with a free soak. The trailer parks in a different location Monday-Friday. Team members distribute towels and hygiene products while building relationships of trust among the homeless population.
Now that it’s spring, it’s harder to recall the dangerous, Arctic winter we had in February … but we’ll never forget! In the days ahead of those frigid conditions, St. Patrick Center collaborated with the City and other service providers to open and operate a 24/7 safe haven on the first floor of SPC, where McMurphy’s Café used to be. For two weeks, lives were saved by this safe space for people to get out of the life-threatening weather and receive warmth in the form of food, lodging and human compassion.
As seen in May 2021 Chronicles.
Published May 10, 2021