Emmaus Homes, Inc. (Marthasville & St. Charles)

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Contact for Summer Mission Camp Program (Marthasville location):
  Dennis Kramme
  Phone:  636-299-1983
  Email:  krammed@emmaushomes.org

Contact for all other volunteer opportunities:
  Chris Adams, Director of Volunteer & Foundation Operations 
  Phone:  636.534.5218
  Fax:    636.947.1336
  Email:  adamsc@emmaushomes.org
  Web site:

Marthasville Campus
11900 Emmaus Drive
Marthasville, MO 63357

St. Charles Campus
2200 Randolph Street
St. Charles, MO 63301

Emmaus Homes provides home and programming for individuals with developmental disabilities based on their unique needs and goals.

Project/Focus: Yard work, painting, carpentry, cleaning, filing, and assistance in recreational and educational programs. Experience relationships with persons with developmental disabilities.

Educational/Advocacy Components: Throughout the stay, opportunities are offered for individuals to work in the Senior/Recreation Program. This is an opportunity to work directly with residents under staff supervision.

Time: All seasons

Group Size: Maximum 25

Minimum Age: 12+ years

Adult to Youth Ratio:  1:5.  (Requested ratio of 1:3 if group is composed of youth ages 12-15).

Accommodations: Group housing for a maximum of 25 available on campus.  Bring your own bed sheet, blanket, bath towel, personal hygiene supplies, and food supplies.  Emmaus will provide a large fully equipped kitchen and dining room for you to prepare and share meals, and a small kitchenette to store your snack food.  Mission campers work half-day with physical labor projects and half-day with Emmaus residents in a wide range of programs.  Campers may spend evening hours in recreational activities of their choice with residents or with their own group (we offer on site fishing, a paddle boat, hiking, field games, or you may go to a local YMCA swimming pool).  Evening Vesper service may be lead by our Mission Camp Coordinator or by your group leader in the chapel or at the campfire site.

Cost: Donation requested to offset the cost of utilities.


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Harvest of Hope (Kansas City)

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See listing for National Headquarters under Virginia.

website:  www.endhunger.org
Phone:  800.333.4597

Project/Focus:  Participants glean nutritious produce from farmers' fields and orchards after harvest.  This food, instead of being left behind to rot, is delivered to those in need through programs such as local food banks and soup kitchens.  Harvest of Hope is a national gleaning network.

Harvest of Hope events are arranged in the following states:  Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia.

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Urban Mission Experience (St. Louis)

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Contact: Sue Kupfer, Executive Director
  2911 McNair Ave.
  St. Louis, MO  63118
  Phone: 314.517.0164

The goals of the Urban Mission Experience are to financially support urban churches, introduce mission trip visitors to some of the best mission agencies in the St. Louis area and live out Micah 6:8.

Project/Focus:  Groups work with several non-profit agencies in the St. Louis metropolitan area.  Work may include sorting donations, stocking shelves, bagging groceries, cleaning facilities or assisting neighbors, working in a children’s summer program, painting and yard service.  Activities can be tailored according to group interests and staff availability.  Groups get an overview of many ways the church is active in mission here.

Educational/Advocacy Components: The "Urban Encounter" program is designed with three components:  1) service work, 2) reflection on the experience, and 3) rest and recreation.  Groups should plan to work 4-5 hours per day at each mission site.  Trained facilitators are available one evening to help youth reflect on issues of poverty and racism which they will encounter in their mission work. Local recreational opportunities include swimming, major and minor league baseball games, St. Louis Arch, Six Flags, St. Louis Zoo, Grant's Farm, City Museum and many special interest museums.

Time: Weeklong "Urban Encounter" mission trips may be scheduled from late May through August.  Trips of less than a full week and trip September through May are also available.  Call for availability.

Group Size:   Maximum number 40

Minimum Age: Minimum age is sixth grade.

Adult to Youth Ratio:  1:5

Accommodations: Housing is provided in a UCC Church.  Sleeping rooms are air-conditioned.  Bring sleeping bags and air mattresses.  Groups may use church kitchen for meal preparation.  Showers are available at nearby recreational center.

Cost: $200 nonrefundable deposit per group is required with reservation.  Suggested donation for housing is $25 per person per night for weeklong "Urban encounter" mission events.

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Urban Mission Inn (St. Louis)

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Contact: Rev. Meredith Jackson
  Union Avenue Christian (DOC)
  733 Union Blvd.
  St. Louis, MO  63108
E-mail:  urbanmissioninn@gmail.com

Phone: 314.361.8844
Fax:  314.361.3036
Website:  www.union-avenue.org/outreach/urban-mission-inn

Urban Mission Inn is part of the Union Avenue Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  The church describes itself as a faith community growing in the treasures of justice, stewardship, artistic expression and hospitality.  

Project/Focus:  The Urban Mission Inn offers a variety of possible inner-city volunteer opportunities including work with children, indigent seniors, soup kitchens, community gardens, homeless shelters, food delivery programs, food pantries, and more.  Work projects are tailored to the needs and gifts of each group and are designed to allow groups to interact with a variety of issues around urban mission. We plan 3-4 days of service opportunities for each group. Groups are responsible for their own food and transportation.

Educational/Advocacy Components: Group leaders responsible for own programming and staff are available for check ins and discussions. Advance materials are provided to prepare you for your trip. Our summer interns often serve along side groups and are available to lead discussions and devotions.

Time: Year-round

Group Size:   Up to 30

Minimum Age:  13 years.

Adult to Youth Ratio:  1:7

Accommodations: Air-conditioned sleeping rooms, bunk beds, air mattresses, on-site showers, meeting space with pool table and games, full kitchen with space for cooking and storing food.

Cost: $15 per person (regardless of length of stay). A $100 deposit is requested to hold the date.

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Neighborhood Houses (St. Louis)

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: Kathy McCadden, Development Specialist
  326 S. 21st Street, Suite 301
  St. Louis, MO 63103
  Phone: 314.383.1733 ext. 17
  Fax: 314.361.6873
  Web site: www.neighborhoodhouses.org
  YouTube Channel:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFa27PotDrzI-KFTM74RYtQ 

Neighborhood Houses has served families in St. Louis for 100 years and counting.  Quality programs and compassion strengthen children, families and communities.  Neighborhood House's continuum of care includes a Teen Moms' program(Girls Night Out), an Early Childhood Education program at Caroline Mission (6 weeks through 5 years) and an after school program held in thirteen public elementary schools.

Project/Focus: Work projects at Caroline Mission may include painting, cleaning and yard work or assisting in one of the classrooms.  Volunteers assisting in the After School Program will help with distributing the evening snack or meal, provide homework help for the students, and support the site manager in th execution of the planned curriculum.  Work groups assisting with Girls' Night Out will help with childcare while the mothers attend Girls' Night Out.

Educational/Advocacy Components: Groups can choose to work on various activities directly with the children in Neighborhood Houses' centers.

Idea:  Interact with nutrition and fitness goal of the after-school programs by involvement in the Let's Move Campaign "America's Move to Raise a Healthier Generation of Kids" http:www.letsmove.gov.  Join the movement.  Sign up your congregation as part of "Let's Move Faith and Communities."  Sign up and toolkit for organizing available at http://www.letsmove.gov/community-leaders.

Time: Year-round. Contact office to arrange time and schedule.  

Group Size: 25–30 per group.

Minimum Age: 13 years (with adult supervision)

Accommodations: Housing options list available on request. Groups provide their own food.

Cost: None.

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 Shannondale Community Center (Salem)

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Contact: Jeff R. Fulk
  HC 62, Box 340
  Salem, MO 65560
  Phone: 573.858.3284
  Fax:  573.858.3263
  Web site:
Project/Focus:  Carpentry, plumbing, painting, electrical, and yard cleanup on the site of the Shannondale Community Center.  Projects also can be arranged for the improvement of the local community.  The group is expected to provide the material to be used. Some general tools are provided by the Center.

Educational/Advocacy Components:  Group leaders provide own programming.

Time: Spring, summer, fall.  Registration is necessary.

Group Size: 40 persons per group.

Minimum Age: None.  Older persons also welcome.

Adult to Youth Ratio:  Senior high youth – 1:6; Junior high youth - 1:5. Adult leaders should have necessary construction skills so that the limited staff of Shannondale can provide direction but not direct supervision of the work site.

Accommodations: Groups provide own bedding.  Cooking facilities are available. Groups provide their own meals. Shannondale will prepare meals for groups of 25 or more. We are located near the Ozarks National Scenic Riverways Park. Float trips, retreat resources, adventure education, hayrides, and orienteering can be arranged for groups.

Cost:  $16 per person per day if not a work group.  Work groups $14 per person per day.  Work materials extra.

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 United Church of Christ/Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Disaster Recovery in Joplin, Missouri
with Joplin Long Term Recovery Committee
Housing at South Joplin Christian Church

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  Howard Self, UCC/Disciples Disaster Ministries' Registrar (Joplin)
  Email:  hjself@live.com
  Phone:  618.318.2445 (Cell)
  On-Line Registration

The Disaster Event:  May 2011 tornado.

Project/Focus:  Projects will include, but not limited to, home repair, rebuilding, and new construction, as identified by the Joplin Long Term Recovery Organization/Rebuild Joplin.

Education Components:  

  • Preparation for the Trip:  "Mission Trips That Matter" by Don C. Richter, Upper Room Books.
  • On-Site Reflection:  "Meeting God in the Ruins:  Devotions for Disaster Volunteers" Copies will be provided at group housing site.  Additional free copies may be ordered from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America by calling 800.638.3522 ext. 2580 (ISBN 6-0001-6788-1); pay shipping only.
  • Follow up Action:

Time:  Through August 2014 Arrive on Sunday evening.  Work Monday - Friday.  Depart on Saturday morning.

Group Size: 20 total each week.  Check with registrar on availability of a particular week.

Minimum age:  16 years.  Volunteers under age 18 have specific waiver forms requiring parent/guardian signature.

Adult to Youth Ratio:  1:5

Accommodations:  Housing provided by South Joplin Christian Church.  Bunks, bathrooms, showers, access to kitchen facilities and utensils, and access to laundry facilities are available.

Group Payment:  Please send in one group check for registration and one group check for the final balance.  Also, please write "Joplin Mission Station" AND the week of your scheduled trip on the memo line of your check.  Checks should be made out to 

Cost:  The total cost is $75/person per week to support the ongoing operations of the mission station.  The fee is broken down into two parts:

  1. Within three weeks of receiving confirmation of your reservation, a NON-REFUNDABLE registration fee of $25/person is due.  Because this fee is NON-REFUNDABLE, please make the most accurate reservation you can.
  2. At least three weeks priord to your arrival in Joplin, the remainign program fee of $50/person participating is due.  Please note that this balance due is based on the number of people in your group who will be in Joplin ($50xactual number of participants".  It is not affected by your NON-REFUNDABLE deposit.  
  3. Cancellations:  Cancellations made at least three weeks prior to arrival will receive a refund of the $50/person portion of the program fee it is has already been paid.
  4. Mail payment to:  Disciples/UCC Joplin Disaster Recovery, c/o Brenda Tyler, Disciples Home Missions, P.O. Box 1986, Indianapolis, IN 46206

Costs for building materials and tools, and construction supervision provided through the local Joplin Long-Term Recovery Committee.  Your donations to UCC One Great Hour of Sharing®, the UCC Spring Storms Appeal, and Disciples Week of Compassion help make possible the local work of the Long-Term Recovery Committee and group housing.

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Blue Springs Terrace  (Blue Springs)

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: Mary Ann Pierson
  312 SW 19th Terrace
  Blue Springs, MO 64015

  Phone: 816.392-4750
  Web site:

Blue Springs Terrace is a low-cost and friendly place to live in retirement for those who have dedicated their lives to serving others as pastors or full-time office staff of the United Church of Christ and Disciples of Christ.

Project/Focus:  Blue Springs Terrace provides independent living in supportive Christian community for all retired pastors and full-time Christian workers of the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and/or their spouses.  Houses are provided and residents pay for utilities and a small monthly maintenance fee.  Work projects include building assessments and repairs so that people can remain in their homes living independently.

Education Components: Blue Springs Terrace is a member of the UCC Council of Health and Human Service Ministries (CHHSM).  Conversation with retired church workers and clergy.

Time:  Weekends, or weeklong in Spring, Summer or Fall

Group Size:  Maximum 10 (more can be accommodated with notice)

Accommodations:  Groups stay at the 'Agape House' Terrace Community Center.  Bring your own air mattress and sleeping bag.  Kitchen provided.  Groups cook own food.  Bring own tools and equipment for projects.

Cost:  Donations are accepted for materials.

Minimum Age: None

Adult to Youth Ratio:  1:5

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Fuller Center for Housing (Kansas City)

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Contact: Sharon Tarver, Registrar for U.S. Builds
               701 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
               Americus, GA  31917
E-Mail:     starver@fullercenter.org
Phone:     229.294.2900    *Fax:  229.924.2901
Website:  http://fullercenterkc.org
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/fullercenterGKC
Register on-line:  http://fullercenter.org/usbuildteams/register?q=student-builders/builder-teams/register

The Fuller Center for Housing faith-driven and Christ-centered, promotes collaborative and innovative partnerships with individuals and organizations in an unrelenting quest to provide adequate shelter for all people in need worldwide.

Projects/Focus: Building new and repairing existing homes working with families in need.  The exact projects will be determined close to group arrival and based upon the progress of previous accomplishments of our volunteers and available resources.

Educational/Advocacy Components: Each group will receive an orientation about the community they will be serving.  This will include a discussion about poverty housing in the area, and the economic benefit of our “hand up-not a handout” approach to charity and how this builds a Fund for Humanity recycling homeowner payments to serve other people in need in the community.  Churches  do mission work by empowering the people they serve.

Time:  Spring, (March is the best month)  Monday - Saturday

Group Size:  6-14

Minimum Age: 18+ years. 

Accommodations:  Options range from dorm-like facilities (bedrooms with community restroom) to hosting in homes of church famililes.  Food.  Most lunches and dinners will be provided, but some meals may be "on the town" at participants' own expense.  Teams will prepare thier own breakfast. 

Cost:  $160 pre person

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Rev. Mary Schaller Blaufuss
Team Leader, Global Sharing of Resources
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland, Ohio 44115