Finding Identity. Restoring Hope.

Serving homeless and at-risk youth by providing the necessary resources to overcome their circumstances, find their identity, and have hope for tomorrow.




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Restoration House STL is a nonprofit focused on healing the wounds of broken young adults who grew up in poverty, and feel like they have no hope for tomorrow, by sharing with them the love of Jesus and their value in his eyes.

Our Strategy is Simple:


Find At-Risk Individuals

Make contact with homeless, or at-risk of becoming homeless, young adults through our street outreach teams.


Form A Relationship

Invite them to visit our success center, The Rock, where they can hang out in a welcoming and safe place, get essentials, wash their clothes, use our computer lab, and have access to life-skills classes, mentoring and case management.


Set Realistic Goals

Once the client agrees to case management, they are started on an individualized path through our Dream Builders Initiative that uses a holistic approach to reaching their goals and building their life.


Plug Them Into A Church

We strongly believe a person’s identity is found through their relationship with Jesus. While we would never force a religion on anyone, clients are strongly encouraged to join a local church for help and support throughout this process. 


Provide Service Opportunities

We believe that the best way to get out of any kind of destitute situation is by focusing on others and giving back to the community. Once a client graduates from the Dream Builders Initiative program they are invited to serve as a volunteer at The Rock to help others facing the same situation they just learned how to overcome.

Ways We Serve:


The main goal of our outreach program is to identify individuals where they are – whether homeless, couch hopping, or simply at risk of dangerous behavior – and get them access to basic needs, shelter, and case management.

Case Management

Our DREAM BUILDERS INITIATIVE uses a holistic approach to case management to identify current issues and create a self-guided action plan for each client. We work alongside our young adults to strategically help them target areas in their lives that they would like to see change, set realistic goals, and build steps that allow them to succeed.

Immersion Project

The IMMERSION PROJECT was built specifically for youth groups. Not a single person who participates in this program will leave unchanged. We open the minds and hearts of high-schoolers through a group fundraiser followed by a 30-hour service project. 

Success Center

The Rock is a drop-in center where young adults ages 18-25 have access to basic needs such as food, clothing, hygiene products, and other essentials; can wash their clothes; can participate in life-skills classes; and be paired with a mentor. Of equal importance is that this is a safe place where they can feel free to be themselves. The Rock is located inside the historic Melvin Theatre in South St. Louis City.

The Numbers

According to the US Dept of Education, Missouri is in the top ten for homeless students across the country.


of 18-24 year olds live in poverty.


of 18-24 year olds without diploma or GED.


of 16-19 year olds are neither working or going to school.


Unemployment rate for 20-24 year olds


of 18-19 year olds have children

A Different Approach

At Restoration House STL we know a good part of our clients may not have the necessary life skills being shared at home, so our goal is to reach the young adults of this city and nurture their entire being. Many of the statistics above show the disparity that our city possesses, but for Restoration House STL, these statistics show ground that needs to be worked. They show the possibility and the potential of the power of love. Restoration House STL is where basic needs meet the whole person. Through our á la carte Case Management, we will be able to cater to the basic needs that our clients need most, as well as handle the entire person. The Case Management services will allow Restoration House STL case managers to engage with the youth and find out where they are lacking with basic needs, intensive needs, and necessary referrals.  In conjunction with that, Restoration House STL has relationships and alliances with local organizations to draw mentors and to refer our clients to the biggest piece of the puzzle, a local church. We are centered on the whole person. We are restoring the brokenness and allowing the pieces to come back together so that our clients can share their wholeness and impact our community one person at a time. We are the restoration.

You can make a difference.

Restoration House STL has a few critical ways you can get involved that are of great importance for the growth of our programming.



As we progress forward, we will need more and more volunteers of all backgrounds to help accomplish the mission of Restoration House STL. Examples could be joining our weekly outreach teams who go out into the streets and meet the basic needs of our homeless friends, and provide them prayer, love, and some basic essentials, such as blankets or food. Or maybe you’re a detail-minded person and would enjoy helping to organize volunteers, activities, events, and/or logistics. Or maybe you’d be interested in mentoring a young adult or cooking some meals. Discover the role that would best fit your skills by signing up today!

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Help fuel what we are are doing by making a donation. We have made it safe, easy and secure for you to give easily online. We are 100% funded by donations from generous people like yourself who have a burden for our young generations in poverty. We do not seek public and state funding because we want to be able to maintain our identity without having to change who we are. That is why financial gifts are critical to the success of our mission. Whether its through a one time donation or a recurring monthly donation, every dollar counts.

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