Please mark on your calendars now to make a special one time financial gift to FSBH on Wednesday, May 1, 2019. That is the date for the 6th Annual GiveSTLDay campaign. Nearly 1,000 public charities from all across the St. Louis region will be participating in this 24 hour on-line giving blitz, hoping to raise more than $2.4 million!

FSBH has been a part of this annual campaign for several years and last year we received $27,278.17, partly by strategically having donors contribute at specific periods of time throughout the day, which earned us one $1,000 prize, and by us receiving $1,312 from corporate “power hour” extra dollars during set periods of time during the day with percentages based on the total campaign giving during those periods. Overall, we came in 11th for most donations from a group of more than 900 public charities! All because of donors like YOU who believe in the work we are doing and encourage us by being a part of it all on special days like the GiveSTLDay.

This year we hope to raise $30,000 on GiveSTLDay. Any amount you give ($10 or more) can be an anonymous or known donation. At this time we have $9,500 in matching gifts sponsored by friends of the ministry. Help us make their dollars count by having your dollars matched $1 for $1.

Would you help us reach our goals this year and make it happen? Click on this GiveSTLDay.org/FirstStepBackHome link to make your donation on Wednesday, May 1, 2019.

Watch for details on specific “power hours” or prize opportunity times, which we’ll post as we get closer to the Give Day.


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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