HomeFirst STL

Everyone deserves a safe home of their own. HomeFirst STL helps people transition out of homelessness and into a hope-filled future.

When people lack the support and money to stay housed long-term, these individuals feel discouraged and alone. But HomeFirst STL works with these individuals and has changed lives by providing housing that is safe, stable, and in a supportive environment. 

The first step to helping someone transition out of homeless is not to get them a job. It’s to get them a home.

Since 2011, HomeFirst STL has helped their residents:

  • Rebuild relationships with family members.
  • Advance their education.
  • Meet vocational training goals.
  • Get connected to community resources, such as job training, legal support, and budgeting assistance.
  • Find meaningful employment and reach self-sufficiency.
  • Stop being defined by their past and regain their dignity and self-worth.
  • Shift their focus from day-to-day survival toward a hope-filled future.

For more information about HomeFirst, please contact the Director of Missions, Liz Shuburte.

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