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Causes: Family Services for Adolescent Parents, Homeless & Housing, Homeless Shelters, Religion, Roman Catholic, Single Parent Agencies

Mission: Our Lady’s Inn provides pregnant women and their children shelter and hope for a new life through humble acts of love.

Results: In 2012, we housed a 139 moms and 159 children at our St. Louis and St. Charles locations. Our aftercare program served 148 moms and 187 children in 2012.

Target demographics: women who are pregnant and homeless

Geographic areas served: St. Louis and St. Charles Metropolitan Community

Programs: Both our St. Louis and St. Charles County homes house up to 18 pregnant women and their children who are homeless. Our transitional housing program can accept three families at a time. These are women who have completed our emergency residential program and still need supportive services.

Community Stories

26 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our Lady's Inn is a place in my heart, that works with young lady's that need shelter and that are pregnant. They are great with these girls and the children. It shows the lady's that there is another life out there for them and the children. It helps teaching them, how to live again, take care of the kids, gives them warm clothes to wear, child care while they attend classes. Helps them with get a GED if they don't have one. But, the most of all the give and teaches them respect for themselves.
It is a great place to help, so if you need a nonprofit organization to help than chose Our Lady's Inn.

Client Served

Rating: 1

Our ladies inn of defiance really hurt my family and I. Because I wasn't good enough or without a past they lied to me and my caseworkers and hurt us in court. Even went as far as continuing to spread lied about me to hospital sswrkers and to pat'ers. The amount of pain and manipulation I went through with this religious group was terrifying and I to this day still suffer from their lies. Thank you society. the volunteer and debaters have little clue as to the program or what we go through. When I was there 2 girls were kicked out back on the streets and the bs reason they gave was non compliance When that was not the case. The staff, Denise Angelina, and sadly Hellen to this day speak of me When asked and slander me and hurt my family. Even Anna after I left continued conversation with my caseworkers lying and manipulating paperwork she sent them.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Our Lady's Inn changes and saves lives. Pregnant women and their children are presented with a way to have a positive future. The staff, volunteers and clients respect each other and work together in a wonderful relationship. The guidance provided is "Heaven Sent".

In both of their locations you can feel something very special is happening.

My husband and I have been connected with Our Lady's Inn for many years and will continue to give our support and prayers to all the people involved.

Thank you Our Lady's Inn for helping to make Saint Louis and Saint Charles, Missouri a much better place to live.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer, I have seen the love that our women receive as they bring a new life into the world.....It is truly a life saving organization to many homeless, pregnant women.....

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer I have seen so many successes at OLI. I am in awe of this mission to get pregnant mother to have healthy children and later become thriving productive citizens. One women in particular came to the St Charles location after a job loss with children in tow and 6 months pregnant. I saw how the staff welcomed her first hand. It was as if the woman was a cousin of sister to them. They had already prepared and decorates the private rooms for the mother with enough beds for her children. On another occasion, I saw the children happily playing in the playroom with a babysitter while the mother attended life skills classes.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am blessed to be on the Board of Our Lady's Inn. It is home to pregnant ladies and their children who are all in need of a loving place to live and people who truly care about them. The ladies receive direction for their future lives and help with their children. The clients are given encouragement that their lives will be better for having been at Our Lady's Inn. The atmosphere at either the downtown or Defiance locations shows precious little ones playing like any child you know. It shows Moms who are happy to see you and are pleased when you and their little ones play or are happy to see each other. I don't know of any organization that can offer the live saving/life changing experiences that Our Lady's Inn gives.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Our Lady's Inn is an awesome facility. The staff is truly dedicated and continuously go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that the client are taken care of. They truly care, this is exemplified from the Exceutive Director on down. What a great facility.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A group of ladies in my church provide lunches and dinners every Thursday at Our Lady's Inn in Defiance, MO for the past 4 1/2 years and we have observed the caring, loving, and instructive counseling that these pregnant ladies receive during their stay for up to a year. Also their other children are welcomed and cared for as well. Personally I was very impressed with one young lady in her journey. One of my high school friends was praising Our Lady's Inn and how they turned her granddaughter around and helped her so much and it turned out to be the young lady that I was especially drawn to and that really impacted my desire to continue to do my part to help the leaders of Our Lady's Inn.

Board Member

Rating: 5

My realationship with Our Lady's Inn (OLI) began in 2006 when I was working for a local school district parenting and preschool program. We provided parenting classes and developmental information to the parents who were staying at OLI. We also encouraged the parents to send their children to our school district's preschool program. When I reitred in 2008, I organized a team of ladies from my church to cook at OLI every Thursday. We have been doing this for 31/2 years. Two years ago, I became a member of their Board of Directors. Each time I am there, I am blessed by what is happening for the ladies who are staying there. Not only are they receiving a shelter for themselves and their children, but they are receiving an education in how to make ends meet in this world. The expectation for having a job or being in school is really helping these ladies receive the necessary skills to gain employment that will enable them support their families. They are required to save a percentage of their pay to plan for their future as they will need down payments and deposits once they are ready to be more independent. The ladies are expected to assume duties at Our Lady's Inn, which makes it more like a family. They support one another well, and I am sure, there are many close friendships that have been formed. It is such a positive and respectful environment, which is exactly what many of these young parents need as they learn parenting skills, etc. As a member of the Board, I have seen the passion that the OLI workers have for what they do. They are all doing good work. Many of us who are pro-life are not really doing much to make it a possible choice for these young ladies, but OLI is doing it and overseeing all that is needed to make pro-life a decision that these ladies can make and know that their lives will be better for it!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a voluteer board memeber for Our Lady's Inn for over 10 years, and continue to be impressed by the dedication and level of service that this agency provides. Each woman is treated as an individual, counseled and supported as her circumstances dictate. Through guided daily living, women are given the opportunity to learn skills and behaviors that will strengthen then and foster their independence. Most importantly, Our Lady's Inn helps each women learn to love and care for herself and her children.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

These statistics say why I think Our Lady's Inn is the greatest non-profit:
2011 Our Lady’s Inn Program Accomplishments
125 women served (10485 days of care)
99 children served (9534 days of care)
39 babies born in residence (2730 days of care)
It is now in it's 30th year of operation.
Plus, it is a Charity Navigator award winner, so donors know that it's administrative costs are low. Therefore, your money is going to help women and children, not to expensive fundraising or salaries.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our Lady's Inn not only saved me but brought a beautiful life into the world through giving me stable housing, love and support and counseling and maternity care including humble acts of love. Our Ladys's Inn is like a second family to me and my son and has helped us with stabily. I recommend Our Ladys Inn as the number ne Maternity home in St. Louis.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our Lady's Inn was a Godsend, I appreciate Our Lady's Inn giving my child and I a place to find shelter and a safe place to live. I appreciate the opportunities given and the skills I was shown in the agency and the life skills through the many classed affliated with Our Lady's Inn Agency. Through being honest with myself I learned to change my situation for the better to make my life more positive. Now as a mother I am soon a college graduate and give all of my many challenge's I have overcome to Our Lady's Inn. Overall, Our Lady's Inn is a great experience.

Amy J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

One of the most worthwhile charities in existence, this emergency shelter helps homeless women who are pregnant.
Not only does Our Lady's Inn provide food & shelter for them and their children, but they also provide assistance with learning life's necessary basic skills such as employment and money management.

1 Betty G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer donor to Our Lady's Inn since it began in 1981. I am amazed at the great work they do to help women and children.

1 Abby S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am chair of our parish's pro life committee. Our Lady's Inn has always been generous to other agencies like Birthright and Good Shepherd whenever we have parish campaigns. They are a leader in cooperation with other pregnancy resource centers. I have visited their St. Louis facility and have been impressed with staff and clients. Connie Ellier, especially, is helpful, generous and caring. Thank you Our Lady's Inn for what you do for pregnant women and their children in our St. Louis community. You are a beacon for respecting and cherishing life.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Working for a referral agency to Our Lady's Inn I can tell you that they are terrific to work with. Staff is professional and responsive, home is well managed, and clients that have been referred have been treated fairly and compassionately. There is a standard of operation that far exceeds any maternity home in our area. Our Lady's Inn can recgonizes a true emergency and acts promptly and efficiently. It is always the first place I call when maternity shelter is needed.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at OLI in Defiance since last spring. I am so impressed with the staff. They are so attentive and caring to the ladies and their children. I absolutely love helping out, whether it's making jewelry or cards with the ladies, helping with fund raisers, fixing lunch or cleaning up in the kitchen, or doing office work. The lady in charge of volunteers at OLI in Defiance is such a delight. She always has a smile and a kind word. Everyone just loves her...including me. Thanks OLI for giving me the opportunity to help at this great place.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am amazed by the work this organization does for women in need. I was introduced to the Inn by a friend who had been doing volunteer work with them. One tour of the home in Defiance and I was hooked. I have met many of the women who are living at the Inn and I am amazed at their strength and courage. I have been speaking on behalf of the group at their Lunch and Learn presentations and last month a resident named Amber spoke to the group and literally brought almost all 80 attendees to tears! To hear her talk about how Our Lady's Inn literally gave her the strength to get out of an abusive relationship and stand on her own was incredible. I continue to be moved at the selfless acts of the staff and volunteers to help these women in need, as well as their children. It is an amazing organization and I can only hope that they continue to grow and prosper.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm an office volunteer at Our Lady's Inn in St. Charles. In the four months that I have been volunteering, I am completely amazed at the love, support, spiritual sharing and practical help that the staff brings to the residents. They offer selfless service with love and a sense of humor. The residents respond to them in a respectful and cooperative mode. The life skills training that is experienced by living at OLI will definitely be an asset as the residents transition to homes of their own.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

From my first time as a volunteer at Our Lady's Inn I have been impressed with the warm, caring environment provided by the staff and other volunteers. As I observe and learn more about the procedures and operations of the facility, I am in awe of the dedication of the staff to equip each client with the knowledge and skills to be successful when the time comes for her to leave Our Lady's Inn.