The general purpose of the Loaves and Fishes is to provide emergency housing to those without shelter and food assistance to those who have been struck by todays ecomonic hardships.
Our emergency shelter program has three specific objectives: 1) to place our clients in transitional or permanent housing; 2) to connect our residents with the services and resources they need to overcome debilitating conditions; 3) to refer our clients to the appropriate career placement programs to aid in future financial stability.
This program is a 60-day program that provides our resident families with all the opportunities they need in order to regain self-sufficiency for themselves and their children. Loaves and Fishes is an on-site 24-hour emergency shelter that is open 365 days a year. We provide each family with laundry facilities, showers, hygiene products, placement into permanent or transitional housing, on-site weekly visits from a registered nurse, a children’s counselor, a mental health provider, individualized case management, budgeting classes, a peer support group and referrals into vital programs, including drug and alcohol rehabilitation. St. Louis County has estimated that over 400 individuals per month are turned down for shelter services in the county due to lack of bed space. This unfortunate reality makes our beds critical in our efforts to alleviate homelessness.
Five days a week Loaves and Fishes opens it’s food pantry doors to less fortunate, low-income families and individuals. Patrons of our food pantry not only receive canned and dry goods, but also fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, dairy products and eggs to help minimize their weekly grocery expenses.
The food pantry operates Monday through Friday and serves the greater St. Louis area.