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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Community Coalitions

Mission: Circle of Light Associates (C.O.L.A.) is a non-profit organization located in the Baden community. C.O.L.A. was formed with the commitment, desire, and dedication to enrich the lives of individuals and serve the less fortunate families in the St. Louis area by providing services in child/adult care, education, job readiness, catering, transitional housing, and social awareness.

Target demographics: everyone

Direct beneficiaries per year: thousands of people within the inner city of St. Louis

Geographic areas served: Saint Louis

Programs: GED, Drug Support and Recovery, Catering, Elderly Care, Grass Roots Food Panty, Teen Awareness, Victory Garden, Scholarships, Mentor and Tutoring, Day Care Services, ETC.

Community Stories

82 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Just recently I was down on my luck, and found myself in a bad situation where my money was very low and I needed some help with food. I didn’t want to ask my mother or anyone because I didn’t want to be judged. I seen a post that someone shared on social media about the food pantry at Circle of Light being opened and they had a lot of the more expensive items. I was able to get milk, bread, vegetables and snacks. I didn’t feel any shame because everyone was there picking up items and they never single you out. I’m glad Circle of Light was there for me and they are a blessing to that community

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The definition of charity is defined as love and whatever is bestowed gratuitously on the needy or suffering for their relief. I have had the opportunity to deal with Circle Of Light Associates for years and they have superseded this definition. Thank God for them

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great non profit. I love working with them and all of their endeavors

Client Served

Rating: 5

COLA has excellent programs that are a true help in times need.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This place is awesome!!! Words could never explain the help and Love I personally receive from this place . Pastor Jeff Johnson Jr is a Man Truly send from God . Blessed to have come across a God sent Preacher !!!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

They Are A Great Organization To Go Through, Anything You Need, COlA Has It , The People There Are Nice n Respectful And Know How To Handle Buisness When Its Time !!!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Awesome non-profit!! Huge staple in the St. Louis community and the staff is great to work with!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Awesome organization! As a volunteer, I've been honored to be apart of something that is making a great impact on the community as a whole.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great Non Profit Organization that can and will help where help is needed

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've had the chance to volunteer in the food pantry for Hurricane Harvey Relief packaging and the garden that supplies fresh produce to the pantry. I'm pleased to say that I had wonderful experiences at both locations. with nice people from this non profit, I will volunteer in the near future.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This nonprofit exemplifies the meaning of community outreach. From the members to the staff as well as all of the wonderful programs offered. They are beneficial to St Louis and all its surrounding areas. If you are in need of any assistance let Circle of Light Associates be your first and only resource. You will not be disappointed!!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Circle of Light Associates is a wonderful organization. They have helped so many people. The different services they offer are very resourceful for the local area and beyond. This is the type of organization that metro St. Louis really needs!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This nonprofit exemplifies the meaning of community outreach. From the members to the staff as well as all of the wonderful programs offered. They are beneficial to St Louis and all its surrounding areas. If you are on need of any assistance let Circle of Light Associates be your first and only resource. You will not be disappointed!!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

COLA is far from your average non-profit organization. The spiritual standpoint is unbelievable, it has lifted countless heads, and changed many lives. The "Teen Awareness" program is one of COLA organizations that broadens teens horizons, by introducing the teens to people, places, and activities outside their comfort zone. COLA's childcare doors are always open and the director is heavily involved with making sure everythings going according to all guidelines. The pantry is always open taking care of the needy, also providing them with clean clothes. The list go on, not to mention proper etiquette classes for all employees are a must. COLA go beyond to make sure that ones affiliated with this organization is allowing their light to show. I've been welcomed with open arms, and offered help with things I may need assistance with. I am forever great fully.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I think this is a good organization and I love being a part of this cause

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Cola has been a great help in the community.....striving to save young people. Working to help families stay together and rebuild their lives.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The people within the organization are nice, professional and always there when the community needs something.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of donating my time to take photographs of the different auxiliaries within this organization. They were attempting to get information updated and things like that. I was pleasantly surprised. This organization did so much for so many different people, from children to the elderly. I started off donating my time now I spend time sending people there to get some genuine help. I absolutely love this organization and what it stands for. I will work with them in the future.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Circle of Light Associates Non Profit is a helpful community organization with an emphasis on the underserved, although anyone can benefit from their programs. The volunteers really care about the people they are helping.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization. Many family's has benefited from the grass roots pantry and the clothing that's available to everyone. Anything they have they are definitely willing to share..

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I Volunteered with COLA one day when i was on vacation from work. I was amazed to see how involved they are in so many different communities. I watched them donate a house full of furniture to a family having to start all over. Most of all i was impressed by how many young people come together to make their missison possible.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This non profit organization has helped me in many ways. I am blessed to have them in my life. They are always positive and they see to people getting the help they need.