When Covenant House Missouri hosted its first ‘Sleep Out’ three years ago, the executives and civic leaders who signed up for the fundraiser experienced for the first time what it’s like to be homeless—a reality faced by some 2,000 St. Louis youth every night. “I’ve been a social worker for more than 30 years now,” says Sue Wagener, executive director of the nonprofit that works to get homeless youth off the streets. “I’ve been in some really poor areas, and I’ve seen a lot. But I really was not ready when I slept out the first year. It’s dark and it’s 2 a.m., and there’s silence—you can only hear the night noises. It struck me that I didn’t realize the advantage of cardboard—my feet would drop off the cardboard and start freezing. Then, in the distance, I heard a gunshot.”
Last year's Covenant House Sleep Out participants
Supporters, and state and local officials recently attended the grand opening of SouthSide Early Childhood Center. The new building is twice the size of the previous facility, and includes 10 classrooms, a multipurpose room, resource library, kids’ ‘kitchen’ and preschool garden, state-of-the-art meeting and conference rooms, and a natural playground.
Students in Robin Wellman’s second-grade class at Keysor Elementary School worked with classroom parent Katie Wirth to create and present a poster of their artwork to Kirkwood Mayor Art McDonnell. The poster included drawings of the students’ interpretations of notable Kirkwood sights. The Mayor says he will hang it in City Hall.
The Stan Musial Family
Betty Hemus, Stan Musial, Solly Hemus, baseball players
Danielle Woodruff, Stan Musial, Brian Schwarze
Pamela Shellen, Laura Butch, Kathy Fulton
The St. Louis community provides a variety of practical, educational and social resources for seniors, but many older adults may not be aware of the opportunities. Learn how what these local organizations have to offer.
Molly Crane and Rose Waldman eat Passover Seder at Covenant House Senior Center
Amid family dysfunction—the No. 1 cause of teen homelessness in St. Louis—thousands of the city’s troubled youth have found a positive new path through Covenant House.
Congratulations to the LN Charity Awards winners: City Academy, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Food Outreach Inc., along with finalists Covenant House, Friends of Kids with Cancer, H.I.S. Kids, Our M.O.M., Shriners Hospitals and Saint Louis Crisis Nursery.
Covenant House Missouri volunteer: Chris Ross
Nine local organizations—which help St. Louisans facing disease, homelessness, hunger and other life challenges—have been recognized as finalists for our 2012 Charity Awards. The three winners will be announced in our June 15 issue.
This just in…Ladue News is proud to announce the finalists for the 2012 CHARITY AWARDS. They are: CITY ACADEMY, COVENANT HOUSE MISSOURI, FOOD OUTREACH, FRIENDS OF KIDS WITH CANCER, H.I.S. KIDS, OUR M.O.M. (Our Mark on Melanoma), SHRINERS HOSPITALS FOR CHILDREN-ST. LOUIS, SAINT LOUIS CRISIS NURSERY and LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA SOCIETY-GATEWAY CHAPTER. The top three charities will be announced during LN’s annual Charity Award reception in June. Stay tuned!
United Way of Greater St. Louis has named chairman and CEO of Peabody Energy, GREGORY BOYCE (1), as the 2012 fundraising campaign chair.