The holiday season is winding down and the new year is here. We want to take this time to say just how much we appreciate our supporters. Whether you have given $5 or $5000, volunteered for one event or every week, we are thankful for you. Your dedication inspires us to keep working through the good and the bad. Knowing that we have such open, persevering and enthusiastic allies gives us the security we need to grow and innovate.
Last week our staff took the opportunity to call our donors to say thank you for their support and ask why they choose Mission: St. Louis out of the countless charitable opportunities to give to. We received a wide variety of answers. Some people had struggled in the past and understand how support can change a life. Many people support us through our essential relationship with Journey Church, and many see the importance of local action and transformation. However, there was one reason that came up again and again in our conversations; Mission: St. Louis is successful. A fact that wouldn’t be true without your participation, we have shown time and time again that we get results. Over 90% of our JLT graduates are not re-offending. Our Beyond School students grow 2-3 months in math and reading for each month they are in our program. Beyond Charity increased financial independence for more than 600 seniors this year.
"I give to Mission: St. Louis because it's successful"
We owe our success to the hard work of the people we serve and to you. Thank you for creating opportunity. Thank you for believing in us and believing in the people you serve. Thank you for recognizing the complexity, innovation and beauty that exists in our city.