Epworth's Mission: To help children, youth, and families move toward self-sufficiency by focusing on health, housing, education, and employment.
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.
Our Society of Epworth’s Elite Donors (SEEDs) recognizes supporters who invest $1,000 or more each calendar year. Annual Giving investments ensure sustained support for Epworth’s high-quality, therapeutic services that touch the lives of thousands of children, youth, and families each year.
All SEEDs members qualify to receive available Missouri tax credits! Missouri tax credits are available to eligible donors for gifts of cash, credit, or appreciated securities. If your annual donations equal or exceed $1,000, you can reduce your Missouri Tax liability by up to 50%.
“Today, I work with youth who are living through some of the same circumstances that I experienced. Just as Terri showed me compassion and gave me guidance, I in turn give our youth support, knowing first-hand the profound difference we can make in their lives.”
President & CEO
Chief Design & Development Officer
Chief Financial Officer
Chief Program Officer
Board of Directors Chair
Chair – Bryan LeMoine
Treasurer – John Lindbloom
Secretary – Dean Kpere-Daibo
Rev. Sheila Sledge
William K. Busch
Barbara J. Bush
Bishop Robert Farr
Founded more than 50 years ago, this group of dedicated volunteers supports children and families served by Epworth by providing critical financial and volunteer support through a variety of annual activities. This group of ladies also provides a vital link to United Methodist churches and other community congregations.
The League, formed in 2015, is a group of young professionals who bring a fresh perspective and new energy to raising awareness and funds for Epworth. The Community Services Department and The League are particularly focused on youth homelessness in the St. Louis area.
Founded in 1995, this dynamic group of volunteers is dedicated to helping the youth and families served by Epworth. The group’s goals are fundraising, volunteer service, and the promotion of Epworth in the community.