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COLD EMERGENCY: Catholics rush to respond as freezing temperatures increase risk to homeless


Under a tall railroad bridge in St. Charles County, a couple revealed a small tent stuffed nearly full with blankets. It's been their home for the past five months, but life in a tent has become unbearable in the recent freezing temperatures.

They have enough money for one more night at a hotel, but after that — well, they aren't sure.

"You just have to bundle up," the man said as he looked through a box of snack items in the back of a van operated by Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service's Street Outreach team. The ministry visited the area, helping people find a warm place to stay.

City nonprofits speak against proposed payroll tax bill

The service-based nonprofit community in St. Louis — including Catholic schools and agencies — came together before a committee of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen on June 22 to oppose a bill that would remove an exemption on a payroll expense tax. They shared time at microphone to explain their missions and how their services lead to a reduction in crime and improved living conditions for city residents.

Apartment is just what was needed for St. Patrick Center client

Bryan Pseno’s sparse apartment is a relief from homeless shelters. Pseno secured the apartment through St. Patrick Center’s Housing First approach to rapidly provide permanent housing homeless people. Pseno now volunteers at St. Patrick Center while the agency also assists him with finding employment.

It's a slightly worn, sparsely furnished apartment in south St. Louis, but Bryan Pseno doesn't mind.

It's a long way from sleeping in a homeless shelter.

Pseno came to St. Louis from Chicago with a trailer full of furniture. He lived with his mom and left when she died, deciding to move on with his life and get away from negative influences. With an inheritance, he figured he'd stay at a motel until he got a job. He was unable to get employment, however, and lost his belongings in a storage unit when he couldn't pay the rent.

Homeless services effort take fresh approach

Biddle Housing Opportunities Center clients Lloyd Davis, left, and Andrew Turner are among the first clients of the new facility, which opened Aug. 8. in Downtown St. Louis. Davis said he appreciates that St. Patrick Center and Peter & Paul Community Services are partners in the operation.

Paul May and Virgil Akins are on board with the aim of the Biddle Housing Opportunities Center that opened in St. Louis Aug. 8.

The men are homeless and came to the center to get help and to stay off the streets. Biddle is a new initiative that offers a comprehensive pathway to housing and support services for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. It is a partnership among St. Patrick Center, Peter & Paul Community Services, the City of St. Louis and the St. Louis Continuum of Care board.

Hackathon aims to solve St. Patrick Center’s data challenges, make services easier to get

One of St. Patrick Center's wish-list items may soon be fulfilled, with the job of tracking the needs of homeless people becoming easier.

GlobalHack, a nonprofit organization focused on building a better tech community through software competitions, recently announced a partnership with St. Patrick Center, which provides housing, employment and health programs to people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

Faithful Fan | Some Rams personnel did connect with the community

Joseph Kenny

The owner of the team now known as the Los Angeles Rams is likely the most unpopular person in St. Louis for moving the football franchise.

In spite of the owner's aloofness, there were some within the Rams organization, especially the players, who connected with the St. Louis community and particularly St. Patrick Center, a Catholic Charities federated agency that provides opportunities for self-sufficiency and dignity to people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

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