St. Lucas UCC - Mission and Outreach

Neighborhood Houses


 

2017 Mission Schedule

On the second Sunday of each month, the Mission Moment is presented in church. Offering envelopes for these benevolences can be found in your offering envelope box, or you may use a pew envelope noting on it to which benevolence the offering should be sent.

January - Neighborhood Houses

February - Eden Seminary

March - One Great Hour of Sharing

April - Every Child's Hope

May - Isaiah 58

June - Emmaus Homes

July - Habitat for Humanity

August - Joint Neighborhood Ministry

September - Camp Mo-Val

October - Lydia's House

November - Feed My People

December - 
    Strengthen The Church

 

For the last 100 years, Neighborhood Houses has served the families of St. Louis. The mission of Neighborhood Houses is to sustain children, families and communities. In the past several years, the external environment has made that more challenging for Neighborhood Houses which caused them to refocus its efforts on three core areas, early childhood education, after school programs and a young moms program.


At the Neighborhood Houses Early Childhood Education program at Caroline Mission, children are cared for beginning at 6 weeks to 5 years of age. If Neighborhood Houses are to impact families, Neighborhood Houses will get to know them and their individual needs.  The goal of Neighborhood Houses is to prepare these children to be successful in kindergarten and beyond. Studies show early childhood education can make a significant difference in a child’s future.  At Caroline Mission, Neighborhood Houses creates a healthy environment of curiosity, thirst for knowledge and play. Neighborhood Houses partners with parents, so they can provide the same at home.


The Neighborhood Houses after school program  – has now grown to 12 STL elementary and middle schools and one in the Riverview Gardens District. Neighborhood Houses is the largest afterschool providers in STL public schools. But unlike the past, instead of afterschool programs being in Neighborhood Houses sites, Neighborhood Houses is now providing programming in the school buildings of the St. Louis City Public Schools and Riverview Gardens School District. This is a safe environment where the caring staff focus on the whole child; educational enrichment, social development, life skills and health and nutrition. Every
child is fed a hot meal daily. 


The Teen Moms’ program called “Girls’ Night Out”, is housed at Caroline Mission with young women ages 13-22 in each weekly session. This program gives Neighborhood Houses the opportunity to enter into a young family’s life early and provides support for mom and her child. We encourage her, make sure she knows how to care for her child, help her with self-esteem, how to develop healthy relationships, and help her prepare for independence.  These young ladies have complicated lives in a complicated world.


For more information about the programs of Neighborhood Houses visit the Neighborhood Houses website at www.neighborhoodhouses.org.