About Almost Home

Our Mission:

Almost Home empowers young moms to become self-sufficient and create a better future for themselves and their children.

Our Vision:

Almost Home exists to end the cycle of poverty two generations at a time.

Our Values:

Trust & Respect

The foundation for every mutual relationship – we listen first, operate with integrity, share with authenticity, and honor the dignity in each person.

Accountability

We hold both ourselves and the moms we serve to a standard of excellence, as we demonstrate faithfulness to every dollar, life, and relationship entrusted to our care.

Empower & Support

Our young moms are truly successful when they have the internal motivation and grit vital to achieving success. We develop the potential of each young mom and guide those who are ready to change.

Innovation & Thought Leadership

An unwavering commitment to apply best practice, evaluate carefully, design creative solutions, test new ideas, and contribute our learning to the field as we advance effective solutions.

Collaboration

We cultivate strong relationships with relevant partners as we identify synergy, avoid redundancy, share freely, and align strategically to advance key outcomes.

Vision & Action

Guided by our inspired and transformative vision, we consistently execute, building on our short-term successes so that we achieve long-term sustainable results.

Our Story

Despite evolving to best meet the needs of young single mothers over the years, Almost Home’s focus has remained the same: to empower young moms to become self-sufficient and create a better future for themselves and their children.

1993

January 31, 1993

jacinta-irene-cropSister Irene & Sister Jacinta of the Franciscan Sisters of Mary realized many St. Louis teenage mothers were facing homelessness and wanted to do something to help. Thus, Almost Home was born.

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Early Days

June 30, 1993

6 teen moms and their children housed in a home operated solely by the Sisters and community volunteers.

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1999

January 31, 1999
1999

Current facility is expanded to allow for 15 moms and 25 of their kids a place to live and be part of our Foundations To Success Transitional Living Program.

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2004

January 31, 2004
2004

Construction completed on the apartment building to serve as subsidized housing options for young moms when they leave Almost Home.

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2006

January 31, 2006

Became licensed to house pregnant and parenting teens in the foster care system.

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2008

January 31, 2008

united-way-logo-140x100Became a United Way partner organization.

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2010

January 31, 2010

stlouiscountycsf-logo-220x72Became a key partner in St. Louis County Children Services Fund.

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2011

January 31, 2011
2011

Alumni Support Program (ASP) started, to further serve young moms after their time at Almost Home.

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2012

January 31, 2012
2012

Became Deaconess Foundation impact partner.

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Stability

January 1, 2015
  • Remove barriers to success
  • Address legal issues
  • Ensure safe, stable housing
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Individual Well-Being

February 1, 2015
  • Develop healthy relationships
  • Create supportive social networks
  • Cultivate ability to set realistic goals
  • Increase emotional stability
  • Improve personal development skills
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Family Well-Being & Successful Parenting

March 1, 2015
  • Develop positive parenting skills
  • Acquire strategies to prevent child abuse/neglect
  • Create support networks for day care
  • Develop family plan – no additional unplanned pregnancies
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Education & Job Advancement

April 1, 2015
  • Receive high school diploma or GED
  • Complete career-relevant education
  • Ensure workforce readiness
  • Acquire skills for 21st century jobs
  • Enter a promising career pathway with real earning potential
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Financial Literacy

May 1, 2015
  • Gain critical skills in financial literacy
  • Learn to manage money responsibly
  • Set realistic financial goals
  • Access banking and accumulate financial assets
  • Build equity to achieve economic & social mobility
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Self-Sufficiency

June 1, 2015
  • Maintain ability to support herself and her child(ren)
  • Have confidence in future and ability to change her life
  • Create a lifestyle to be successful with a long-term plan
  • Proud to be a responsible parent
  • Achieve economic independence
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Strategic Partners

Almost Home couldn’t succeed without the support of our partners in the St. Louis area. They are critical to our strategic planning and long-term success to impact young lives today and for future generations. For additional information, visit our Financial Accountability page.