The START HERE ST. LOUIS AREA RESOURCE DIRECTORY (a 52-page booklet in print format) and this website provide general information, street addresses, phone numbers and websites for dozens of agencies, shelters, employment resources, food pantries and other organizations throughout the St. Louis area.
The 2016 edition of the Resource Directory is available in PDF format. Feel free to print all or parts of the PDF as needed. To obtain copies of the directory in print, call 314-726-2092 or send an email from the contact page on this website. Permission is NOT needed to print from the website or from the PDF.
Start Here is a project of Inside Dharma, a Buddhist outreach organization that offers support to prison inmates, and recently released ex-offenders. See the Donate Page if you'd like to make a donation to support our Start Here or Inside Dharma's efforts.
Agencies and organizations are welcome to contact us with updates and changes to the information that's listed here, and to order copies of the directory booklet. Go to our Contact Page and send an email or call314-726-2092.
Services provided in this directory can change at any given time due to funding and/or resources.
UNITED WAY 2-1-1
Contact United Way for locations of St. Vincent de Paul parishes that provide food, utility assistance, and many other services--as well as information about warming shelters.
WARMING SHELTERS. CLICK HERE for a listing.
COLD WEATHER OVERFLOW SHELTER OPTIONS:
St. Louis City
12th and Park Recreation Center
1410 S. Tucker 63104
For Warming Centers in libraries and many other locations, city and county:
ST. LOUIS COUNTY WINTER SHELTER - SALVATION ARMY FAMILY HAVEN
10740 Page Ave. 63132
Call 314-423-7770 to verify openings/space availability.
The shelter will operate 24/7 until March 13, 2016 and has a capacity of 48 beds. It will serve men, women and families. Clients will be accepted 24 hours a day and do not need a referral through the Homeless Hotline. Meals will be served and case management is provided on site.
This website is packed with reentry information, resources, links, advice, and more.
SAFE AT HOME: Provides survivors of abuse and threats with a substitute address for IDs, driver licenses, court documents, etc.
STATE ID AND OTHER RESOURCES
For a checklist for requirements, visit our RE-ENTRY page for information about walk-in assistance at the College Church at Grand and Lindell.
INTEGRATED HEALTH NETWORK.
Search for the location of health clinics throughout the area by clicking HERE.
MISSOURI HEALTH CARE MARKETPLACE AND HEALTHCARE.GOV.
24-hour Hotline: 800-318-2596
Hotline handles questions and starts the process.
Missouri Health Insurance Marketplace.
A project of the Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH) to promote quality, affordable health coverage for every Missourian.
TAX PREPARATION ASSISTANCE
THIS LINK will take you to a listing of WIC locations in the St. Louis area and throughout the state.
Below is a link to numerous re-entry resources throughout the state of Missouri.
This link will take you to a site that lists government services by state and county throughout the country.
COMPREHENSIVE WEBSITE FOR COLUMBIA, MO
CLICK HERE for a list of SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT CENTERS THROUGHOUT THE STATE OF MISSOURI
BOONE COUNTY OFFENDER PROGRAMS
This organization provides services for ex-offenders and others in Central Missouri.
COMPREHENSIVE LISTINGS FOR JEFFERSON COUNTY
JEFFERSON COUNTY RESOURCES, PDF FORMAT
MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES
Listings of resources and information BY COUNTY throughout the state, including food stamps, jobs, health care, child support etc.
LUTHERAN SOCIAL SERVICES OF ILLINOIS
1408 State St., East St. Louis, IL 62205
Services include employment, school and resources for clothing, housing, ID, medical, mental health,and employment.
Ex-offender re-entry program.
SALVATION ARMY - Belleville: 618-236-2167
SALVATION ARMY - Alton: 618-465-7764
CALL FOR HELP, INC.
9400 Lebanon Rd. East St. Louis, IL 62203
Multi-service agency responding to crisis situations and homelessness in the metro East area. Sexual assault 24-hour hotline: 618-397-0975
List of area Food Pantries
List of Men's Shelters
List of Women's Shelters
CLICK HERE for the Kansas City 2-1-1 United Way Resource Directory.
And HERE for a list of assistance programs and emergency food and shelter in the Kansas City area. www.kansascityarea.org.
CONNECTIONS TO SUCCESS.
Clothing and support
901 N. 8th St., Ste. 201
Kansas City, Kansas 66101
SPRINGFIELD, MO: List of Resources
MORE QUICK LINKS
LGBT COMMUNITY RESOURCES
For news on LGBT politics and issues in Missouri: www.promoonline.org
National Human Trafficking Resource Center: www.traffickingresourcecenter.org
888-373-7888 Text BeFree (233733)
Resources in PDF format. Click on the categories below to read or print as needed.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE RESOURCES
FREE DRUG CARD
This website will let you print out a free drug discount card.
THE SIMPLE DOLLAR
A website with MANY resources and tips, including a disability benefits guide and benefit calculator.
ST. LOUIS EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT ALERTS
Sign up for City of St. Louis Emergency Management Alerts by texting STLCEMA to 888777.
An extensive listing of rental housing.
Find your senators and representatives.
CLICK HERE for the St. Louis Integrated Health Network and to find a health center.
STAR: STL ALLIANCE FOR REENTRY
A new consortium of local agencies working on re-entry issues.
ST. JOHN'S MERCY NEIGHBORHOOD MINISTRY
3600 Gravois Ave. 63116
Provides access to health care services and other resources.
LANGUAGE ACCESS METRO PROGRAM (LAMP)
The Language Access Metro Program Provides interpreters, specializing in medical interpreting.
Hearing Screening and Hearing Aids at low cost: www.hearing-speechstlouis.org.
For assistance with housing or with starting a business: www.JustinePetersen.org.
CASA de SALUD
3200 Chouteau 63103
FREE CELL PHONES
The government’s Lifeline Assistance Program gives out free cell phones and monthly service to Americans in need of financial help. Click here to see if you qualify.
MISSOURI: FREE CELL PHONES (Lifeline)
Qualifying is easy. Just participate in certain government assistance programs and receive a free cell phone from YourTel Wireless with no contracts, no credit checks, and no deposits. Apply online here.
BUDGET MOBILE LIFELINE
offers government assisted wireless services to low income families and individuals in Missouri. Qualified customers receive a free cell phone plus 250 free minutes and 250 free texts every month. Click Here.
And here's a link to a new company that is providing free cell phones: www.assurancewireless.com
CAROL HOUSE QUICK FIX PET CLINIC
1218 S. Jefferson 63104
www.stlspayneuter.org 314-771-PETS (7387)
Sliding scale, subsidized fees for chips, vaccinations, spaying, neutering, more.
Don't forget CRAIGSLIST and ZUMPER when looking for apartments and houses for rent. Zumper is a free map-based search for home apartment rentals, with real-time updates. Also available on iOS & Android.