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Direct Service

Providing a practical response to meeting the needs of those within and around our community, including physical, emotional, and spiritual needs


Current Programs Click on each to learn more... 


Social Ministry Volunteers

Outreach ProgramOperates on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings offering assistance for birth certificates and MO State ID cards. Volunteers staff the entire program and it runs solely on private donations and grants. To volunteer, receive services, or donate, click here 




St. Vincent de Paul Young Adult Conference: Young adults, ages 21-40, who serve the marginalized and disenfranchised within our parish boundaries providing resources for needs such as utility, rent, medical, and food. The group meets two times a month for conference meetings and visits consumers throughout out the month. Click here to learn more on becoming involved.

Legal Clinic: Legal Clinic is on the 3rd Wednesday on each month in conjunction with our Outreach Program. Lawyer provides legal advice and counsel only. We do not provide advice or counsel on traffic, criminal, divorce, or warrants. Must meet low-income requirements. Click here to learn more. If you're a lawyer and interested in volunteering, contact Emily at or 314-977-7311.  

Xavier Winter Inn: Operates December-March on Wednesday and Thursday evenings when temperature drops to 20 degrees or below. Our emergency winter shelter houses up to 14 homeless guests each night. The shelter operates through the generosity of volunteers and donations. To donate or become a volunteer, click here. If you are in need of shelter during the winter months, our shelter only accepts guests through the Winter Outreach Lottery Program that takes place at Centenary Church at 12:00pm when it is 20 degrees or below on a Wednesday and or Thursday. We do not take walk ups or referrals from other agencies/organizations. 


Community Garden: With Loyola Academy, parishioners plant and tend a garden from Spring-Fall within walking distance of the parish and Loyola Academy. All ages are welcome. Click here to learn more about becoming involved. 

Casserole Program: Once a month parishioners bake and freeze casseroles for the lunch program at St. Patrick's Center. If you are interested in joining, click here  


Sandwich Program: On the 2nd Sunday of each month, parishioners and volunteers gather in the parish center to make sandwiches for Karen House Catholic Worker following the 10:30 a.m. All ages welcome. Feel free to drop by on any 2nd Sunday

Spirituality & Recovery GroupsIn collaboration with the Ignatian Spirituality Project and the ISP St. Louis Volunteer Team, parishioners volunteer to facilitate weekly faith-sharing groups for homeless men and women using 12-step and Ignatian Spirituality. To learn more or become involved contact Christine at or 314-977-7309. 


YMCA Literacy Program: Parishioners serve as literacy tutors through the YMCA Literacy Council. The Literacy Council provides all training, materials, and matches tutors with students. Parishioner tutors gather at least once a month to share with each other about their experiences and lend tips to each other they've found helpful in tutoring their student. To become involved, contact Jolene at


Hot Stuff/ Cool StuffOccurs two times during the year, offering parishioners an opportunity to share a meal with the marginalized and disenfranchised in our community. This entirely parishioner coordinated program operates through generous donations. Contact Ruth Cochran for more information at or 314-517-5596.



How to Support

There are many opportunities to volunteer in direct service-weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, or as needed. To learn more about becoming a volunteer for one of our direct service programs, contact Christine at or 314.977.7309

Our programs are possible through generous donations from parishioners, community, and foundations. However, the need for all of our direct service programs continues to grow.

To donate financially, send a check payable to St. Francis Xavier with 'Social Ministry' in the memo line to 3628 Lindell Blvd St. Louis, MO 63108

To donate in-kind, please contact Emily at or 314-977-7311

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