Our documentary, "A Vicious Cycle: Broken Homes, Deadly Streets, Shattered Lives," investigates the root causes of violence and how that contributes to violence in our community. The St. Louis area has many organizations dedicated to helping end the cycle of violence that has such a devastating impact on so many families.
Here's a list of organizations, and links to their websites:
Crime Victim Advocacy Center is a not-for-profit that has a long history of providing counseling to victims of crime. This organization works with government agencies, including police departments, to make sure victims are respected and have access to services.
Better Family Life is a non-profit organization based in north St. Louis. It acts as a clearinghouse for a variety of agencies providing jobs and support to the community. Better Family Life also has programs of its own, often focusing on helping teens and young adults find employment and reconnect with troubled communities. This organization has a strong commitment to helping convicted felons and former gang members find employment.
The Fathers' Support Center is a non-profit based in north St. Louis. It focuses on helping fathers reunite with their children. The fathers who voluntarily commit to a 6 week long program at the center graduate with their GED, and often find they have a much more meaningful relationship with their children. This organization has become a national model.
Boys and Girls Clubs of St. Louis provide services to 9,500 children every year at 5 locations in the city of St. Louis. The Clubs focus on 5 areas for children; Character and Leadership, Education and Career Development, Arts, Sports and Fitness, Health and Life Skills.
The Christian Activity Center is based in East St. Louis, IL. It provides a wide range of services to children, including opportunities in sports, education and health.
The Lessie Bates Neighborhood House is based in East St. Louis provides a variety of services to families in the East St. Louis area. On the page that identifies the organizations "community partners," you can find links for more than 20 additional organizations, including Catholic Urban Programs and Emerson Park Community Development, and the Family Living Center.
The YWCA of St. Louis offers a wide variety of services for women and their families, including childcare, transitional housing and support for victims of sexual assault.
The Womens Safe House provides services and housing for women and their children.
ALIVE, also known as Alternatives to Living In Violent Environments is a full-service domestic violence agency, which provides crisis services to women and children.
Safe Connections provides services for women and teens who are in families torn apart by domestic violence.
There are many other organizations helping families in crisis, but if you are in need of help, or know someone in need, hopefully this list will provide some assistance that may end the vicious cycle of violence harming so many residents in the St. Louis area.