Learn About Epworth Children and Family Services and Their History
For over 150 years, Epworth Children and Family Services has provided the St. Louis community with essential youth development services that have helped thousands of children overcome severe emotional and behavioral challenges caused by abuse or neglect.
Epworth’s innovative, holistic and comprehensive treatment approach helps youth focus on solutions, build on inherent strengths and communicate more effectively. Nearly 13,000 individuals turn to Epworth each year for emergency shelter, residential and intensive treatment, family reunification therapy, transitional and independent living programs, foster family care, prevention services and a 24-hour help line. Epworth’s strength-based therapeutic philosophy builds on the individual strengths of youth and families, thus increasing the capacity of each to thrive in society.
Epworth was founded as a mission agency of the United Methodist Church to care for Civil War orphans, and it continues to work in partnership with both the community at large and the church to meet the needs of contemporary youth. Today, Epworth is an independent agency serving all children and families, regardless of religious affiliation.
Epworth’s Mission: To help children, youth and families move toward self-sufficiency by focusing on health, housing, education and employment
Epworth’s Vision: Self-Sufficiency with dignity for all children, youth, and families
Epworth’s Values: Commitment, Accountability, Respect, Empowerment, Safety