United Church of Christ


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

Contact for Summer Mission Camp and Volunteering Opportunities
  Kristen Stewart, Volunteer Coordinator
  Phone:  636.578.6130
  Email:  stewartk@emmaushomes.org

Corporate Office Address:
3731 Mueller Rd.
St. Charles, MO 63301

Project Sites will be located throughout St. Charles, St. Louis, Franklin, and Warren counties in Missouri (extended St. Louis area)

Emmaus Homes provides in-home support services for adults with developmental disabilities based on their unique needs and goals.

Project/Focus: Experience relationships with persons with developmental disabilities. Experience camping side-by-side with persons with developmental disabilities. Other projects may include: yard work, painting, carpentry, cleaning, filing, and assistance in recreational and educational programs.

Educational/Advocacy Components: As volunteers engage with clients in their homes or in the community. They will learn first-hand how people of all abilities are more alike than different. The best practice for service delivery for people with disabilities has shifted from campus-based to community-based. Volunteering with Emmaus in a more integrated community setting is a chance to witness how these changing perspectives play out in real life.  New for 2017- Emmaus & Camp MoVal in Union, MO have partnered! One of our four mission camp weeks will offer a chance for groups to volunteer as leaders with CampMoval during the week they hold their camp designed for people with developmental disabilities week.

For all incoming groups, a video “dos and don’ts” training is provided prior to your trip and orientation is offered to all volunteers upon arrival. On-site orientation is offered. For those working with Camp MoVal, additional specialized training will be offered.

Emmaus staff can share our advocacy priorities if requested by group leadership.
Time: Emmaus offers four 1-week sessions of summer Mission Trip programming:
May 29-June 3: participate with Camp MoVal during the Developmental Disabilities camp week. Contact us for more details. (Union, MO)
June 19-24: Engage with clients in their homes and in the community. (St. Charles, MO area)
July 31- Aug 5:  Engage with clients in their homes and in the community. (St. Charles, MO area)
Aug 7-12  - Engage with clients in their homes and in the community. (Marthasville, MO & Warren County, MO)

Year-round: Groups can volunteer to help with spring and fall yard maintenance, arranged at a mutually agreeable time. Volunteers may help with Special Events.

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: Emmaus partners with local churches, community groups and camping facilities to offer housing to incoming groups. Typically, sleeping space, showers and cooking space are provided. Groups will bring their own bedding, sleeping bags, food and possibly cookware.

Cost:  Reservation fee of $50 per group upon confirmation of reservation. Other fees to be determined based on the housing partner and will vary. (Approximate estimation of $55/person for housing.) A donation to Emmaus is request to offset the cost of material and supplies provided during the week.

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 Urban Mission Experience-St. Louis

Contact: Lauren Verseman
  c/o Epiphany UCC
  2911 McNair Ave.
  St. Louis, MO  63118
  Phone: 314.5359-9654
  Website: http://urbanmissionexperience.weebly.com

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 social justice. 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 trips 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:  1:6

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 non-refundable 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)

Contact: Ron Lindsey
  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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: Jessica Goodheart, Development Manager
  326 S. 21st Street, Suite 301
  St. Louis, MO 63103
  E-Mail: jgoodhart@neighborhoodhouses.org

  Phone: 314-561-3337
  Fax: 314.361.6873
  Web site: www.neighborhoodhouses.org
  YouTube Channel:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFa27PotDrzI-KFTM74RYtQ 

Neighborhood Houses believes all children can reach their magnificent potential.  We provide educational and empowering experiences to help close the opportunity gap.  State-licensed and accredited early childhood care and education at Caroline Mission, offered on a sliding scale for up to 88 children age six weeks to five years of age.
We offer:

  • State-licensed and accredited early childhood care and education at Caroline Mission, offered on a sliding scale for up to 88 children ages six weeks to five years of age. 
  • Quality before and after-school programming for approximately 1,100 children at 16 school-based sites
  • A teen moms' support group, Girl's Night Out
  • A teen employment program, Magnificent Creations

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 the 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' programs.

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

Group Size: 20–25 per group.

Minimum Age: 13 years (with adult supervision)

Accommodations: None

Cost: None.

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 Shannondale Community Center (Salem)

Contact: J. Nathan Fulk
  41277 St. HW 19
  Salem, MO 65560
  E-Mail: nathan@mmsucc.org
  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.  Also, we do accept groups during the winter, but some facilities are shut down. 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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Fuller Center for Housing (Kansas City)

Contact: Sharon Tarver-Evans, Registrar for U.S. Builds
               701 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
               Americus, GA  31719
E-Mail:     starver@fullercenter.org
Phone:     229.924.2900    *Fax:  844-645-3485
Website:  http://fullercenterkc.org
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/fullercenterGKC
Register on-line:  https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/weblink.aspx?name=fullercenter&id=31

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 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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Blue Spring Terrace (Blue Springs near Kansas City)

Contact: Mary Ann Pierson, Board President
               312 SW 19th Terrace,
               Blue Springs, MO 6401
E-Mail:   hmapierson@yahoo.com 
Phone:   816-392-4750
Website:  www.bluespringsterrace.com

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.

Projects/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.  

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

Time:  Weekends or weeklong in Spring, Summer of Fall

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

Minimum Age:  None

Adult to Youth Ratio:  1:5

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 accepted for materials. 





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