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By Renaldo Wade 08 Dec, 2017
Case management provides a great value and benefit to both the client receiving services, and the shelter providing the service. We firmly believe that when done properly, case management is vital to the success of the client. With a strong focus on providing the client exactly what they need, we are better able to access and prioritize the needs of our residents.

So what is Intensive Case Management?

It's when we provide one-on-one private sessions with a client and/or family to provide a better understanding of their situation. We ask questions in regards to their goals, stumbling blocks, and desires. From there we use this information to build strategic plans. If its employment they need, we assist them with programs such as Employment Connection . Maybe they might be in need of medical attention or a psychiatric evaluation. Either way, we work hard to provide the services that our clients need.

The reason we would suggest any homeless shelter use intensive case management, is simple.

  • When case management is not used, it makes achieving quality outcomes for your clients much harder.
  • As a shelter, you will fail to understand the barriers that have caused the client to become homeless. Therefore, you fail to empower the client to use programs or incentives that may be available to them.
  • And finally the client and case manager are unable to set goals, and commit to meeting them.
If you would like to contribute to our cause, we invite you to read more about the good work we are doing in the St. Louis area. Please like us on Facebook , follow us on instagram , & link with us on  Linkedin !
By Renaldo Wade 05 Dec, 2017
Loaves and fishes for St. Louis has proudly provided transitional housing for thousands of people for over 35 years. Our shelter has given homeless St. Louis families a safe place to sleep, delicious meals, and tons of hope for the future. We assist in getting children back into school by providing a stable homelike environment. We assist adults with finding quality jobs by partnering with other agencies and business in the Greater St. Louis area. We place a heavy focus on intensive case management as a means to better understand our clients needs.

We would like to invite you to participate in the great work we are doing for our community. We welcome all volunteers, in-kind donations, & partnerships. Contact us today if you would like to get involved!
By Renaldo Wade 01 Dec, 2017
Homelessness is a problem with a solution. The solution is housing. Rapid re-housing is a program that can connect the problem to the solution. It helps people find and pay for housing they can afford, quickly, and it offers a bridge to community services. Why do we focus on re-housing? The answer is quite simple, because it works. Rapid rehousing gets people housed quickly. The truth is that when people are housed, it's easier to find a job and get settled at school.

Fact 80 - 85% of families exit homelessness faster through Rapid rehousing. And it breaks the cycle of homelessness by providing support to keep people in their homes and out of homeless shelters. Rapid rehousing also cost less than other interventions. That means your community can provide more people with the help they need.

Simply put, Rapid Re-Housing is a program that we utilize through our homeless shelter to help families in the St. Louis area find and keep stable housing.

Join us as we fight to end homelessness.

How can you get involved to help us provide supportive housing? To get involved, visit us at www.loavesandfishes-stl.org or call 314-291-3857.
By Renaldo Wade 01 Dec, 2017
This has been a great year for all of us at Loaves and Fishes for St. Louis. We have been blessed to have so many families that have stayed in our shelter. This particular family has worked extremely hard to overcome the barriers that have caused them to be homeless. Because of their resilient attitude, and unwillingness to let life get the best of them, they now can sleep well in their own home.

It's often difficult for us to say goodbye to these families. But we know that our mission is to get them into housing as soon as possible. Please join us in celebration for this beautiful family (Dad was at work during the picture)! Your prayers and contributions have made it possible for them to have a Merry Christmas this year. We pray that they will continue to strive to provide a loving home for their beautiful children.

From our hearts to yours, THANK YOU ST. LOUIS!
By Renaldo Wade 30 Nov, 2017
Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate friends, family, and the many blessings the Lord has graciously given us. Most families come together to eat a special meal in celebration of the holiday. The meal often includes ham or turkey, stuffing, mac -n-cheese, sweet potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, and pies galore.  Tha nksgiving is one of the most celebrated holidays in the United States, it also marks the beginning of the holiday season the weeks leading up to Christmas , Hanukkah,  Kwanzaa and the winter solstice, which are all widely celebrated holidays in the U.S.A. For retailers Thanksgiving begins their busiest season.

Many people throughout the U.S. are facing economic hardships. This makes it difficult for families under the poverty line to afford many things other families have during the holidays. Food pantries around the U.S.A. have  been working relentlessly in an effort to help families get the supplies they need to have a great Thanksgiving dinner. This is why the work that Loaves and Fishes does is so important. We take poverty and homelessness in St. Louis as a serious problem. We are here to serve our community by helping families fight poverty.
By Renaldo Wade 30 Oct, 2017
Loaves and Fishes for St. Louis is a family homeless shelter and food pantry operating in Maryland Heights, Mo. We serve over 200 families each week with nutritious food baskets. We receive donations from several local grocers, including restaurants. Without these donations , we wouldn't be able to serve these families each week. We would like to acknowledge the families in the area who contribute in-kind donations to our St. Louis food pantry.

If you would like to donate to our pantry, here are some ideas on what we need!
  • Canned meats - Raviolis, spaghetti o's, beef stew, chicken noodles, pork-n-beans, fruits, etc.
  • Boxed Goods - Instant potatoes, pasta, crackers, Mac-n-cheese, etc.
  • Baby toiletries  - Baby wipes, diapers, baby shampoo, baby bottles, etc.
  • Soup Packets - beans, rice, or any hearty soup mix to make a meal.
Remember! Food pantries such as Loaves and Fishes definitely need cash donations. In order to operate at our capacity and as efficiently as we do, we need monetary donations.

Would you like to know more about our organization? Have any questions? Please reach out to us via phone or email.

Phone: 314-291-3857
Email: info@loavesandfishes-stl.org



By Renaldo Wade 13 Oct, 2017
In our society, homelessness is a huge problem. As an issue that directly affects thousands of people in Greater St. Louis, Loaves & Fishes for St. Louis works on a daily basis to provide homeless services through data-driven strategies and outcomes-based techniques. Concerned citizens, however, might not have an idea where to begin. It's easy to feel helpless when considering ending homelessness finally. But homelessness is a problem that may possibly be solved through purposeful, collective actions.

Collectively, tiny steps can make a massive impact, our team truly can't do it without you and the cooperative assistance of our community! Below are our top 7 ways anyone can assist battle homelessness.

1. Volunteer
Primarily, we encourage everyone to volunteer for one of our many partner agencies throughout Greater St. Louis in the work they do. From providing a meal at a shelter to sorting clothing, your time is just one of the most important resources you can offer.

Volunteering links you to your neighbors and community and helps develop long lasting relationships that help break the patterns of poverty and being homeless Additionally, when volunteers are not available, organizations have to pay someone to prep and serve meals-- taking funding away from helping people back into housing. So, find an organization that lights your passion, such as dealing with homeless families with little ones, homeless vets or homeless youth, and reach out today! Oh, and bring a friend along, too.

2. Learn More
Homelessness does not exist in a vacuum, and many people who experience being homeless do not end up being homeless overnight. From our knowledge, many people have not become homeless for just one reason. Instead, the interplay of many complex issues, develops a perfect storm, leading an individual to homelessness.

Therefore, before we can solve homelessness, we need to first understand as well as identify what homelessness is and its numerous contributing factors, which are often not what we may think. For instance, homelessness is typically a temporary crisis (45 days), not a permanent circumstance; young people are more likely to become homeless; and locally, African Americans are grossly over-represented amongst the homeless, suggesting a host of issues that disproportionately impact black families.
By Renaldo Wade 11 Oct, 2017
We Help Homeless Families Overcome Homelessness

Every evening on the streets throughout the Americas, an army of nameless, faceless young people fights to make it through. They are homeless youths, driven to the roads by situations consisting of physical, psychological or sexual misuse, adult medicine or alcohol abuse or discharge from foster treatment.

The issues of life on the road trigger most of these youths to shed hope, making it difficult-if not impossible-to change right into adulthood as satisfied, effective members of society. Commitment House gives the assistance and guidance essential for these youngsters to restore their lives.

There are around 3.5 million people that experience being homeless annually and also 12 percent of them are unaccompanied young individuals under age 24. Over half state, they have actually been attacked while on the road. Numerous additionally report being burglarized, stabbed, even shot.

You can make a distinction in countless delicate young lives.

Loaves & Fishes for St. Louis is a privately funded family shelter in Maryland Heights, Mo. We serve individuals and families in the Greater St. Louis area. Originating as a small food pantry and shelter for men, Loaves and Fishes now provide shelter for more than 200 families and food for hundreds of families/individuals each year. As well as the following services:

  • Educational programs
  • Drug counseling
  • Healthcare
  • Mother/child programs;
  • Transitional living programs and more

For even more compared to 30 years, Loaves & Fishes for St. Louis has been bringing back hope and offering a loving and also considerate residence for young individuals who otherwise would certainly face the risks and also injustices of life on the road.
By Renaldo Wade 08 Dec, 2017
Case management provides a great value and benefit to both the client receiving services, and the shelter providing the service. We firmly believe that when done properly, case management is vital to the success of the client. With a strong focus on providing the client exactly what they need, we are better able to access and prioritize the needs of our residents.

So what is Intensive Case Management?

It's when we provide one-on-one private sessions with a client and/or family to provide a better understanding of their situation. We ask questions in regards to their goals, stumbling blocks, and desires. From there we use this information to build strategic plans. If its employment they need, we assist them with programs such as Employment Connection . Maybe they might be in need of medical attention or a psychiatric evaluation. Either way, we work hard to provide the services that our clients need.

The reason we would suggest any homeless shelter use intensive case management, is simple.

  • When case management is not used, it makes achieving quality outcomes for your clients much harder.
  • As a shelter, you will fail to understand the barriers that have caused the client to become homeless. Therefore, you fail to empower the client to use programs or incentives that may be available to them.
  • And finally the client and case manager are unable to set goals, and commit to meeting them.
If you would like to contribute to our cause, we invite you to read more about the good work we are doing in the St. Louis area. Please like us on Facebook , follow us on instagram , & link with us on  Linkedin !
By Renaldo Wade 05 Dec, 2017
Loaves and fishes for St. Louis has proudly provided transitional housing for thousands of people for over 35 years. Our shelter has given homeless St. Louis families a safe place to sleep, delicious meals, and tons of hope for the future. We assist in getting children back into school by providing a stable homelike environment. We assist adults with finding quality jobs by partnering with other agencies and business in the Greater St. Louis area. We place a heavy focus on intensive case management as a means to better understand our clients needs.

We would like to invite you to participate in the great work we are doing for our community. We welcome all volunteers, in-kind donations, & partnerships. Contact us today if you would like to get involved!
By Renaldo Wade 01 Dec, 2017
Homelessness is a problem with a solution. The solution is housing. Rapid re-housing is a program that can connect the problem to the solution. It helps people find and pay for housing they can afford, quickly, and it offers a bridge to community services. Why do we focus on re-housing? The answer is quite simple, because it works. Rapid rehousing gets people housed quickly. The truth is that when people are housed, it's easier to find a job and get settled at school.

Fact 80 - 85% of families exit homelessness faster through Rapid rehousing. And it breaks the cycle of homelessness by providing support to keep people in their homes and out of homeless shelters. Rapid rehousing also cost less than other interventions. That means your community can provide more people with the help they need.

Simply put, Rapid Re-Housing is a program that we utilize through our homeless shelter to help families in the St. Louis area find and keep stable housing.

Join us as we fight to end homelessness.

How can you get involved to help us provide supportive housing? To get involved, visit us at www.loavesandfishes-stl.org or call 314-291-3857.
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