Our Strategy is Simple:
Find At-Risk Youth
Make contact with homeless, or at-risk of becoming homeless, youth through our street outreach teams.
Form A Relationship
Invite them to one of our success centers, each called 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 youth 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.
Plug Them Into A Church
We strongly believe a person’s identity is found through their relationship with Jesus and strategically place our success centers either within the walls of a local church or in partnership with them.
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 our client graduates from their program they will be invited to serve as a volunteer to help others in the same situation they just learned how to overcome.
Ways We Serve:
The main goal of our outreach program is to identify youth 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.
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 to strategically help each youth target areas in their lives that they would like to see change, set realistic goals, and build steps that allow them to succeed.
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 guided experience exposing them to the life and challenges faced by homeless youth today.
The Rock is where youth have access to basic needs such as a 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 for youth where they can feel free to be themselves. Our first location will open Summer 2021 inside the historic Melvin Theatre in South St. Louis!
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 we know a good part of our youth may not have the necessary life skills being shared at home, so our goal is to reach the youth of this city and nurture their entire being. Many of the statistics above show the disparity that our city possesses, but for Restoration House, these statistics show ground that needs to be worked. They show the possibility and the potential of the power of love. Restoration House 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 youth need most, as well as handle the entire person. The Case Management services will allow Restoration House case managers to engage with the youth and find out where the youth is in need with basic needs, intensive needs, and necessary referrals. In conjunction with that, Restoration House has relationships and alliances with local organizations to draw mentors and to refer our youth 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 youth can share their wholeness and impact our community one child 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. 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 youth, or cooking some meals. Discover the role that would best fit your skills by signing up today!Sign Up
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