Teachers and Staff Help the Homeless in St. Louis

On Wednesday, August 26th, the New City School faculty and staff dedicated time during their inservice to a community service project. Partnering with Gateway Housing First, an organization devoted to providing for the housing needs of the homeless in St. Louis, faculty and staff put together welcome baskets for new residents of Gateway Housing First's newest housing facility, Giles Apartments. 

The mission of Gateway Housing First is simple: To provide safe, decent, affordable, supported housing for individuals with a wide range of disabilities, complex disorders and life situations who are unable to secure or maintain housing. Because of the background of many of the tenants, it is likely they will come to a unit with little to none of the essential amenities that accompany living on your own. They also have very little income to pay for such items. Things such as shower curtains, hand soap, and dish towels are often forgotten when thinking of things for an apartment; however, these small items can often become the most necessary when starting out on your own. These items not only help residents keep their apartment clean, they also provide them with a sense of normalcy and can help them to become more stable in their new environment.

Thanks to generous donations from the New City School community, the faculty and staff were able to put together over 40 large boxes of supplies for some of St. Louis' most vulnerable residents. Boxes included items such as dishes, pots and pans, paper goods, cleaning supplies, linens, and more.