My first interaction with Crisis Aid was in 2009. I had a friend who had spent the summer of 2008 photographing children for the Crisis Aid sponsorship program. The photos told a story of how Crisis Aid traveled all over East Africa to help families. After viewing the photos I had to learn more about what they were doing. In 2009, my husband and I made our first trip to East Africa with Crisis Aid. It was life changing. I had been to 3rd world countries before, never had I observed the level of desperation that was present in East Africa. The Crisis Aid team never thought or ALLOWED us to believe it was just too much. They see starvation they will do what it takes to bring substance. They stare at death and say not one more child to simple curable disease. They see young hopeless women trapped in sex trafficking and make Safe Homes and Trade schools so they find hope. I am also humbled to have served along side many of the staff of Crisis Aid. This is an NGO that works. No one including the CEO sits in a high rise office collecting millions. If I donate $1.00, I know at least .85 goes to actual programs. I fully believe in what Crisis Aid is doing. I have seen with my own eyes how they make a difference.
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IN 2014 My husband and I made our 6th trip to East Africa with International Crisis Aid. We have been able to see the difference that their programs make. The children we sponsor through ICA are growing physically, spiritually and are doing great in their classes in school. The girls in the ICA sponsored Orphanage are happy, healthy and are growing up to be strong women who will serve their country well. I can't say enough about the girls, some very young, that have been rescued out of the sex trade. Both in other countries and in our own USA. Because of ICA, these girls have a safe home, where they are not beaten, abused, and used for the sick purposes of others. Without ICA, these young girls would still be out on the street, trying just to stay alive. I appreciate that ICA puts all their information on their website. If you want to know how much ICA spends for administration expenses, go to their website, You will be amazed that they do so much and yet the cost is so little. You won't find million dollar salaries at this NGO! International Crisis Aid is the real deal. They love, they go, they give. If you have an opportunity to help International Crisis Aid, please do so. The dollars you donate today will make a difference in the lives of so many tomorrow.
My church and I partner with Crisis Aid and are so impressed by their integrity, influence and reach. They are making a major difference in our city and world.
I have worked with Pat and Sue Bradley at Crisis Aid International in a variety of capacities over the past 8 plus years...From helping organize and staff 5K fundraisers to designing brochures for a benefit concert to volunteering at their inner-city outreach in their after-school and feeding programs. I volunteer with CAI because I believe in their mission and their leadership. They do so much to help people around the world and in our community; it's just a great feeling to know that in some small way, I get to be part of all they do. When one gets the opportunity to meet a leader of such integrity and genuine humility, like Pat, you can't resist the urge to get behind him and support him in everything he does...Because at the end of the day, you know it's going to be an impactful, positive, life-changing project for somebody in dire need. It's going to be done right and it's going to be done well.
I was introduced to Pat Bradley 20 years ago, and was impressed by his unfaltering integrity, passion for helping others, and heart as big as a double-decker bus. I helped support the Crisis Aid 5K Run and volunteered as a course marshal, where I met Pat's wife Sue. Needless to say, she is as remarkable as he is, and both of them demonstrate a love for humanity that is visible each and every time I am in their presence..
I was fortunate to attend a mission trip with Pat and Sue, along with other members of Crisis Aid to East Africa, where I saw the real fruits of their charitable labor and resources. Not only did they pour their heart and soul into helping save lives, they demonstrated a keen desire to insure every dollar donated to Crisis Aid was utilized as efficiently and effectively as possible to achieve their mission.
It was a life changing event for me, and my appreciation for the real positive impact on lives that Crisis Aid delivers, continues to grow.
I am a volunteer of Crisis Aid International and serve with a large group of ladies to make jewelry & gifts items for the Refuge home. I am always struck by the deep compassion and commitment all the staff possess in carrying out the mission. They go above & beyond to help people who "cannot help themselves". It's not all about the "almighty dollar" coming in, it's a very personal, well connected organization that is literally changing lives all over the world! I am grateful and humbled to serve such a outstanding and fruitful ministry who give all the credit and the glory to God!
I have been working with Crisis Aid by way of Monarch jewelry for many years, so I have been able to get to know this amazing team of people. When you walk in the doors of this small office with a small staff, you are always greeted with a smile and a hug! I am constantly amazed at the positive, life changing impact on the world this small organization with a big heart has. The fact that the FBI went to Crisis Aid to open a safe home in St Louis says it all. Their love and compassion for people is so evident in all they do. They are true servants and carry the love and the word of Christ wherever they go.
The first time I stepped inside the front door of Crisis Aid's office as a volunteer, I could immediately feel and see the heart and soul of this amazing organization. The pictures on the wall literally brought me to tears and tugged at my heart. Pat and Sue Bradley, along with their dedicated staff, are truly walking out the work of Our Savior Jesus Christ. There are many aspects of how Crisis Aid is "helping the helpless" in our city and around the world. They are providing love and hope to those in need of what most of us take for granted. I feel blessed to have come in contact with this organization!
As an occasional volunteer I have witnessed the many acts of kindness performed by all who work at CrisisAid. I am truly impressed with the work done here in St. Louis and the world. I've never met more dedicated workers. I am honored to call them friends. I am confident all donations are used wisely where the most good can be accomplished. May God continue to bless this ministry.
ICA is a remarkable organization with a heart for one; starving babies in Angatcha, Ethiopia. Taking them to a feeding center later to stabilization center and reviving both babies and mothers back to health physically and spiritualty. Also, in Addis Ababa .. ICA has orphanage for kids who lost their parents with HIV AIDS and rescue girls from sex trafficking and train and equip them to help themselves. I witnessed Pat Bradley the founder of ICA and his team doing a wonderful and notable job in Ethiopia; in all of these places I was privileged to visit while a was a volunteer a couple of months ago.
Crisis Aid is headed by Pat and Sue Bradley, leaders with sincere hearts and intentions that always follow through. They don't just rescue girls from human trafficking. They provide them with all they need to begin their lives again...from the basics--like food and shelter--to medical assistance and job training. The don't just feed people. They try to help them learn how to be self-sufficient. They dig into the roots of societal issues and they attack the very core of the problems. Crisis Aid and their small staff do more in a day than many others do in a lifetime. It's with complete confidence that I support this organization and get the occasional opportunity to serve alongside them. Pat and Sue are the most humble, beautiful people I have ever met and the very essence of who they are flows consistently throughout their organization.
I have known the founder Pat Bradley for many years and am familiar with his selfless dedication. I volunteered last year to be a part of this ministry. This is when I really saw how he and wife Sue give of themselves. I met the wonderful staff and many volunteers who make this ministry special. It is such a blessing to be a small part in what they do. I am confident my time and funds are given to a ministry which gives directly to those in most need. I am proud and thankful to count this wonderful group my friends. Nola Rigsby, St. Louis, MO
I started volunteering with ICA last summer. From the first time I met with Kay, responsible for donor relations, I knew I loved the organization.
In the fall of 2014 ICA began an after-school program in South St. Louis. I can honestly say volunteering at the after-school program each week was the highlight of my week! Each week, several children come to the program to read, sing, create art projects, practice roles for a drama, and share a meal together. The children are learning what it means to be a part of community and that each of them have great purpose and worth.
ICA truly has a heart for the communities they serve, whether they are in the St. Louis region or across the ocean in Ethiopia.
Not only does ICA have heart, they have integrity. The staff of ICA takes financial responsibility very seriously and their financials are always public. I can personally attest as a donor and volunteer, that your monthly donations will be used in the most responsible way possible to maximize aid for individuals in need.
I have great peace coming alongside them as a volunteer and donor to be a part of the work they’re doing. I love the important work ICA is doing at home and abroad!
Two precious hours, with two precious sponsor girls. We drove up and there they were. Waiting, waiting, just for us. Munria missed school in order to make the journey, and waited. Hana did make it to school but was there also waiting. I say girls, they were four years ago when my husband and I began their sponsorship. Now they are young women. They were so happy to see me. Lots of hugs, kisses, smiles and tears. They live with no electricity, no running water, no bed to sleep on and HIV parents who are very ill. Pretty dismal, yet they have HOPE. ICA has given them that HOPE. Because of the sponsorship program founded by ICA they have food, they are able to attend school with school supplies and uniforms. Our time together went by so quickly, however, because of ICA and the vision of one man, I will see them again in November. I can hardly wait!!! Thank you ICA for giving my husband and me the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of two precious young ladies in Africa.
In 2014, I had the privilege of going on my 3rd mission trip to East Africa with Crisis Aid. Crisis Aid is one of the greatest non-profit organizations I have ever had the privilege of working with. Their heart for serving and ministering to people who are in the greatest need physically as well as spiritually is amazing to see. They go to the most remote areas imaginable and through God's hand, touch people who are at the brink of death and who have lost all hope. They bring hope! I have seen first hand the physical condition of many who were lifeless, be restored….to have food, water and a chance for life. The before and after photos you see are real. These are real people, real situations and a really great ministry, Crisis Aid, that utilizes every dime to meet the needs of people in such dire desperation. They Biblically meet the needs of the orphan, the widow, the sick, the hungry, the hopeless. I have seen first-hand the blessings God brings through this organization. I will continue to support this great non-profit financially as well as physically going to serve with them every opportunity I can. I pray others will do the same!
My family and I have had the blessed opportunity to sponsor two children through ICA for the past four years! Just seeing the amazing pictures each year of their progress both physically and spiritually has been tremendous! Last year, I had the wonderful opportunity to volunteer with ICA on a mission trip to Ethiopia. I have had the opportunity to work with other mission based organizations, but ICA is top-notch! From leadership all the way down to boots on the ground, their administration of funds donated to help aid people who are starving and in need of being rescued from sex trafficking is amazing! First hand, I was able to help them in starting three new feeding clinics in completely devastating areas in Ethiopia near Kenya. I was overwhelmed at the need of the people, but amazed at what God did through the care of ICA and their volunteers for those people. ICA not only meets the physical/nutritional needs of thousands, they meet health needs and most importantly the spiritual needs of those masses. I will never forget the impact ICA had on those hundreds and ultimately thousands of people we were able to assist. I remember Pat Bradley gathering our team before we began the ground work on a new feeding clinic and telling us that the need was much greater than we could imagine and see, it was overwhelming, but he reminded us that we serve ALMIGHTY GOD and he asked us to stop and pray and truly believe that our GOD could take what little we had to give, bless it and multiply it. It was a true miracle that reminded me of the boy with the loaves and fishes. After returning home and being able to see updated pictures through ICA's website and Facebook, it was totally amazing to see the physical and emotional transformation of those people. Because of Pat Bradley and the rest of his team's total commitment to seeking GOD's guidance, wisdom and blessings first for the people they assist, GOD has blessed their ministry and has allowed them to reach and change the lives of multitudes. I will always be an advocate for ICA and what they are doing within the United States and in many nations abroad! I encourage anyone who is seeking to assist financially or personally through an organization that really DOES make a noticeable difference, they should choose ICA!
What's in a name? Everything when speaking of Love & Care, an arm of International Crisis Aid. Active in their South St. Louis neighborhood, staff and volunteers provide homework help, food pantry, hot meals, school supplies, VBS, Easter Egg hunt, and more in a loving, welcoming and Christ-centered atmosphere.
ICA has a heart for helping children locally and abroad. We have a Safe House here in St.Louis that is not only rescuing girls off the streets but also provides counseling so that they are supported making significant changes in their lives. Africa is where their devotion to feeding starving children is focused. The Bradley's have important relationships in this country that help them with food deliveries.
They truly live their lives reaching out to others -- how Blessed we are !
Crisis Aide changes the lives of people everyday all over the world. I feel confident that the money and time I give makes a large impact on the lives of the poor, hungry and abused.
I am very impressed by the high level of service and integrity of Crisis Aid International. Whether on the African continent providing medical care, feeding the starving, building clean water wells, and rescuing young girls from the horrors of sex trafficking, or reaching out to the kids of Saint Louis City, directors Pat & Sue Bradley have a heart of compassion to reach out to those in need. Crisis Aid International staff & volunteers are awesome and work hard to touch lives. Volunteering with Crisis Aid International has been a blessing!
I had never heard about Crisis Aid - Safe House for Girls prior to a friend inviting me to a Monarch jewelry show. At this time the speaker told how thru the Crisis Aid Safe House they have been able to help girls that have become involved in sex trafficking for various reasons. Some of these girls are as young as 13 and range up to 20+ years. Monarch jewelry is a group of women from various churches in the St. Louis area who meet twice a week to make jewelry and the total profit from sales is given to support the Safe House. All the women are volunteers. In the year that I have been involved with this organization we have heard stories from several of the girls who have been helped and how this has dramatically changed their lives for the better. They are not only given a safe place to stay but are given help with their education; given counseling; and given help moving back into the community. This is truly a very worthwhile organization and they not only help girls from the St. Louis area but around the country if someone has heard about what they do they come here to get help.
Crisis Aid International welcomed me in as a volunteer with open arms. The staff is incredibly friendly and giving. Pat Bradley is an amazing man who is incredibly selfless and passionate about helping others. I am so thankful that there is an organization right here in St. Louis focused on helping women and children both in our own backyard and around the world. I have loved my experience volunteering with Crisis Aid International and hope to help them continue to help others far into the future.