Grant assists First Step Back Home

Grant assists First Step Back Home

The Cuivre River Electric Community Trust Board has awarded a $2,500 Operation Round Up grant to First Step Back Home to help with emergency shelter for homeless in St. Charles County motels.

The First Step Back Home is a faith-based, homeless ministry. The primary program is to house men and help them get work through temporary employment agencies; while also providing lodging for women and children who are not able to stay at places such as the Salvation Army, Our Ladies Inn or Robertson Center. People who are not willing to work are not accepted into the program.

Grant assists First Step Back Home
First Step Back Home received a
$2,500 Operation Round Up grant.

The amount of time any one client is with First Step Back Home varies from one day to several months of intermittent help. Approximately 30-40 people are served monthly, some with lodging, others with transportation assistance, food, clothing, medical help, rent/mortgage, or legal assistance.

In 2016, First Step Back Home supplied a total of 881 nights of emergency shelter for 392 people in an effort to improve the quality of life for the less fortunate and support the community’s health, safety and well-being by getting the homeless off the streets.

Operation Round Up has been supporting the mission of First Step Back Home since 2006, shortly after the ministry was founded. During the years that followed the group has received more than $85,000 in grants through Operation Round Up.

For more information on First Step Back Home, visit or contact Paul Kruse at

Grant funds come from Cuivre River Electric Cooperative members who donate to the Community Trust through Operation Round Up. Members voluntarily pay the round up amount on their monthly electric bill. The funds are administered by volunteer trustees who represent areas within St. Charles, Lincoln, Warren and Pike counties where Cuivre River offers electric service.

Operation Round Up addresses unmet needs in the areas of community and emergency services, home weatherization, health, youth and education. Grant applications are available at Cuivre River Electric Cooperative offices in Troy and Lake Saint Louis or by calling 636-695-4837.

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