The Fifth Annual GiveSTLDay will happen on Wednesday, May 2, 2018.  Would you “Save the Date” now and make plans to provide a charitable contribution to FSBH via on-line giving that day?  This year FSBH has donor match dollars from two anonymous donors and Steve Crawford Trucking, Bridgeton, for up to $14,000!  That means for every dollar you allocate to FSBH, it will be matched by OUR donor match friends 1:1.  In addition to that match, there will be incentives and other matches offered by the GiveSTLDay campaign at different time periods throughout the day. Our direct giving link for that day is this: https://www.givestlday.org/firststepbackhome

FSBH has participated in this one day of online giving for the past four years.  Last year we won a $1,000 prize for having the most dollars contributed during one of the designated “power hours,” and we ended up with more than $15,000 throughout the 24 hour campaign. More than 900 local charities participated last year with more than $2.1 million raised!  It is an amazing day of local charities reaching out to folks like you to meet the challenge and support the causes!  Since 2014, more than $7.5 million has been raised on GiveSTLDays!

Your donations to FSBH will help with daily client expenses of motel lodging, cell phones, transportation assistance and support of our mobile home ministry.  You can designate how you want your donations used when you give.  Your gifts can be anonymous or named.

We hope you will help us meet or exceed our 2018 goal of $28,000!  There will be strategic times during the 24 hour period when your gift will be most beneficial.  We’ll post those “power hours” later, when times are known to us.

Watch our FB page and future email promotions about the Fifth Annual GiveSTLDay!  And feel welcome to check out our ministry page on their website anytime between now and then.

FACT: In the last 6 years (2007-2013), our state of Missouri had the largest percentage increase in homeless in the U.S., up 37% (2013 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress). FACT: In 2013, the St. Charles County, MO Living Wage necessary to support 2 adults and 1 child was $16.68 per hour. But that same-sized family that officially lives in poverty was earning just $8.80 per hour (Poverty in America Living Wage Calculator). FACT: The Missouri Poverty Rate is currently 16.2% (Spotlight on Poverty), or nearly one million Missourians living in poverty. For those people, there is a large gap between what they earn and what it takes to just afford shelter and food. THIS is the serious situation that First Step Back Home (FSBH) strives to address for the homeless and near-homeless in our local area. We get so many people approach us for help now, largely because so many of the traditional agencies are overflowing with clients and end up referring them to us. FSBH does its absolute best, within its financial means, to help every one who can prove that they are honestly trying to help themselves. We give ourselves to homelessness prevention and crisis intervention.

Paul and Lana Kruse, Founders of First Step Back Home, Inc.

Paul and Lana Kruse, Founders of First Step Back Home, Inc.

FSBH is unique… key to the program’s good success rate to date is that assistance is provided only to those individuals who are capable of, and agree in advance to, actively seeking self-supporting status. Eligibility criteria and screening serve to eliminate active addicts, con artists, those who have serious physical or mental handicaps that would prevent them from finding work in the near term, and those not honestly interested in seeking work at all. FSBH tracks the status of those to who help has been provided, and more than 50% of those served by FSBH in its ten years have achieved self-supporting lifestyles. Please browse tabs at the top of this page to learn more about FSBH…our history, successes, awards, generous sponsors, how we can help others, eligibility criteria, and how to apply. And please consider helping First Step Back Home support the homeless and near-homeless, with your prayers, time and talent, and financial donations. We rely solely on individual, foundation, corporation, and church contributions. We do not receive government funding of any kind, the only support we get is from you. Please help the millions of people in Mo. to become self-supporting as most of us are.  Our Motto: “Help people off welfare to fare well.”

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