Christmas Wonderland

December 21 is the 11th Annual Christmas Wonderland

The 11th Annual FSBH Christmas Wonderland will take place on Saturday, December 21, 2019 from 10:30 am – 2 pm at Wentzville United Methodist Church.  Free tickets for the event are available through our First Step Back Home FB Page for:

  1. Clients/homeless/working poor who would like to participate in receive gifts and treats
  2. Volunteers who would like to get involved in some aspect of service on the day of the event

If you want to volunteer in any of the activities of the day, please contact Janie Wolfangel at 314-650-2386 or janiewolfangel@yahoo.com.

For food donations, please contact Janice O’Rourke at 314-737-8400 or malonyorourke@gmail.com.

For donations of toys, diapers, filled laundry baskets or general questions call Lana Kruse, 314-799-3694 or lanakruse@gmail.com.

We can always use some helpers on the day before when we set up the venue, as well.  We’ll be at the church from 9 am – 3 pm, Friday, December 20. Let us know if we can count on YOU!


10th Annual Christmas Wonderland

The 10th Annual First Step Back Home Christmas Wonderland held December 15, 2018 at Wentzville United Methodist Church was the biggest and best yet! At least 552 people showed up including 362 working poor and homeless from 130 families. This included 156 kiddos who received gifts from Santa and 41 teens who got to “shop” for their own stuff. 190 volunteers and visitors from 14 different churches, 14 community organizations, and 7 local businesses helped us make it all happen.

180 kid Bibles were distributed, nearly $14K in donations of  750 toys, 197 filled laundry baskets, 300 bags of personal care items, 1K pair of socks and the 5K+ diapers and wipes.

Toys for Tots came through big time for us when a last-minute toy drive at a business was canceled and God provided for every single detail, including the great weather that day. Oh What a Day!


9th Annual Christmas Wonderland

The First Step Back Home (FSBH) Ninth Annual Christmas Wonderland, held December 16, 2017, happened on a gloriously sunny, warm winter day and more than 540 people came out for the festivities at the Wentzville United Methodist Church. 352 needy people from 119 families registered for gifts, filled laundry baskets, and diapers/wipes and personal care items. Only 21% of those attending were FSBH clients, all the others came from the community, having heard about the event from a variety of promotional efforts. In addition to the homeless and working poor, 194 people from the community representing 14 churches, 9 community groups and 6 businesses were on hand throughout the day or contributed items for the success of the event.

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