Our Lady of Perpetual Help is a local, volunteer-run, charitable organization
We provide a wide range of social services to the people of North St. Louis, one of the area's most impoverished neighborhoods. Run completely through small donations of time and money, we've helped tens of thousands of families since 1970. Here are the major services we provide:
- Groceries & Household Items: We distribute bags of boxed/canned goods once a month, as well as bread, produce, and dairy each week to families in need.
- Emergency Needs: We offer programs to help families catch up on utility payments.
- Computer Training: We offer basic computer training courses once a week.
- Optical/Vision: We provide check-ups and basic optical exams twice per month.
We Need Your Help
Our operation is a labor of love
by volunteers like you
Here are a few ways you can help:
- Volunteer for a bread run: We make trips to local grocery stores three times a week (Tuesdays, Thursday, and Saturdays) to pick up extra food.
- Volunteer at the pantry: We're always looking for more helping hands to give out food, and help with cleaning and organizing.
- Volunteer grant writer: We're looking for someone to help us apply for various grants to improve and expand the services we provide.
- Volunteer medical professionals: We're looking for some doctors to volunteer for our medical offices.
- Donations: Our operating costs are low, but completely funded by charitable donations. Our trailer used to pick up food is aging and in need of replacement.
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About Our Lady of Perpetual Help
We are dedicated to welcoming and serving all people in the spirit of the Gospel Message as we strive to provide for those in need, strengthen and preserve family life, and serve the community with dignity and respect.
We commit ourselves as individuals to live out these values in our daily work as we serve the needs of others. We strive to bring encouragement and assist those who seek counsel in matters of nourishment, health, employment, child care and education.
We further commit ourselves to assist in providing for a loving and caring environment that will enable a child to grow physically, socially, intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually.
We are more than a food pantry — we teach families how to get back on their feet.
Run completely through small donations of time and money, we are able to help over 1,400 families per week directly through the pantry, and another 7,000 each year by supplying a dozen other local pantries with food, furniture, and monetary assistance.
A Brief History
In the early 1970's, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish had a food pantry run by the parish St. Vincent de Paul Conference. Myrtle Howell was the driving force behind the pantry and conference. Myrtle worked tirelessly to improve the community, helping the poor, hungry, or homeless in the area.
After the OLOPH church burnt down, Myrtle continued to serve those in need out of the basement of the old gym without electricity or running water. Bill Patty had been helping Father Jack Siesle with the parish school and other projects when he met Myrtle. Impressed with her devotion to serve the poor, Billy decided to help find a new place for the pantry. After months of searching, the pantry was moved to 4335 Warne Ave in 1995.
The building was affordable, but had many problems that had to be taken care of to make it useable. The majority of the equipment and labor over the years has been donated by various individuals and companies.
The needs of the pantry have been met by many people over the years. Volunteers work everyday to serve the poor by bagging groceries, sorting and putting out clothing, taking applications for utility help, etc. The ever-growing number of people that seek help from the pantry requires more effort than we have workers for. We have grown from helping approximately 300 families a year to our present number of over 7500 families. As we expand the services we provide to this needy community, we humble ask you to help us in any way you can.