Our Mission

Our mission is to help people achieve a better life. By fusing high-impact educational programs with supportive partnerships between participants and professional staff, we help the under-resourced improve their well-being and change their futures.

Our History

Our story began in 1902 when Kingdom House was founded as a settlement house. Middle class men and women provided education and resources to help the growing immigrant population of St. Louis. They created a place of hope, refuge, learning and connection. We’re incredibly proud these ideals have endured even as the community around us has changed and life situations are more challenging.

Our organization has experienced its own metamorphosis as it adapted to meet the needs of our participants in this changing environment. We listened to and learned from them. As we did that, we continued to move away from crisis service transactions toward holistic transformations. Our priorities have shifted to focus on an individual’s overall well-being.

Today, we have a model that is based on educational programming fused with personalized and supportive coaching. We see our participants taking measurable steps to better their futures. This evolution of our fundamental vision and approach led us to choose LifeWise STL as our new name in 2019. It conveys what we are about — helping people at every age live wisely.

As LifeWise STL, we look forward to a future of helping the under-resourced improve their well-being and change their futures.

We are proud to be a charter member of the United Way of Greater St. Louis.