Our Mission

Practicing the teaching, compassion, and love of Jesus Christ, St. Francis Community Services walks with our vulnerable neighbors to create opportunities, to build resiliency, and to advocate for justice.

Our Vision

To create a world where everyone is valued.

Who We Are

St. Francis Community Services is on a mission to change the lives of the most vulnerable throughout the St. Louis region. Providing legal aid, immigrant services, and long-term case management, we work to support people in crisis and ultimately prevent those situations from reoccurring. Last year, we served a total of 2,332 direct clients, with 78% living below the poverty line upon entering our programs.

What’s in a Name?

We adopted the name of St. Francis of Assisi because he embodies a selfless devotion to others, a simple way of life, and an unabashed love for the poor. The name also reminds us of Pope Francis, who speaks boldly about the scourge of poverty and challenges us to accept, love, serve and advocate for marginalized people.

“Poverty,” as Pope Francis wrote, “calls us to sow hope.” That, in essence, is our mission.


St. Francis Community Services was established in July 2011 by uniting social service programs once operated directly by Catholic Charities of St. Louis. Many of our individual programs trace their roots back three decades or longer, bringing an extensive understanding of the needs in our community.