St. Louis, MO
Year Founded: 1983
JVC partner for: 20 years
Population Served: individuals who are experiencing homelessness, mental illness, and/or the early stages of substance abuse recovery
Organization Description: The St. Patrick Center is one of Missouri’s largest homeless service centers and provides services including day shelters, meal programs, job training, and employment services. In the early 1980s, St. Patrick’s founder was moved when seeing a group of people outside in the bitter cold, with no place to be welcomed in. With the encouragement of Catholic Charities, in 1983, early growth of St. Patrick Center began. Since then, nearly 8,700 people have been helped each year through the housing, employment and health programs. The City Seeds Urban Farm was established in 1996.
JV’s Role: The JV coordinates a therapeutic urban farming program, and his/her primary duties include guiding clients in professional and life skills through weekly farm activities. S/he transports and supervises the clients at the farms and teaches weekly horticultural classes. The JV also conducts intake of clients, assists with grant writing, and develops value-added products.
How JVs Make an Impact: “The JVs are always happy to help in any way they can. They are eager to learn about the problems of disadvantaged adults and work toward eliminating barriers to success for these individuals. The JVs’ eagerness to learn is contagious; other staff pick up on it.”