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October 2, 2017


Fundraiser Saturday for Joe's Place

Becki and Thad Nieman were pleasantly surprised by the success of last fall's annual Tri-City Garage Sale. So this month, they've selected a new beneficiary for half of the proceeds: Joe's Place, the MRH residence for homeless students.

On Saturday, October 7, residents along Bredell Avenue between Bruno and Dale will have a multi-home garage sale beginning at 7 a.m.   In 2016, the proceeds from the Niemans' sales funded an adoption, but this year, the Nieman's contacted the school district to see where the greatest needs exist. The couple is now working with the board of directors of Joe's Place to provide needed financial support.

On any given night in St. Louis, there are around 1,500 homeless teens. In the Maplewood Richmond Heights School District, there are at least 30 students each night who find themselves without a home due to serious family difficulties. These students sleep and eat wherever friends will let them settle for a time. Homeless teenagers are the invisible children in our society and are often skillful at masking their homelessness from adults.

Joe’s Place tackles a complex problem with a straightforward approach: to collaborate as a community in providing a safe environment for some of our neediest teenagers, allowing them to pursue high school graduation. Through the dramatic collaboration of the MRH School District, Crossroads Presbyterian Church and other local churches, and a number of committed volunteers, the non-profit Joe’s Place was launched. The program offers a group of teenage boys a warm place to sleep, regular meals, and someone to provide guidance and affection.

In 2012 the MRH School District was named one of three national grand prize winners in the American School Board Journal’s (ASBJ) and National School Boards Association’s (NSBA) 18th annual Magna Awards program for Joe’s Place.

For more information, contact MRH School District at (314) 644-4400.