The mission of New Life Evangelistic Center (NLEC) is to provide Christian hospitality and respect for life through the services of food, clothing, shelter, education, and job training programs, as well as physical, mental and spiritual health care, to the poor and homeless in Saint Louis and beyond.
NLEC has founded its values on the love of Jesus Christ for all people, and especially for all who suffer from poverty, homelessness, addictions and abuse. NLEC holds the following values in highest regard: empathy, advocacy, empowerment, dignity, responsibility, faith, hope, and love.
NLEC is a non-profit 501(c)(3) church center comprised of over 50 staff members and countless volunteers, all dedicated to providing effective support for the poor and homeless in St. Louis and beyond. Founded by Rev. Larry and Penny Rice, NLEC was headquartered at 1411 Locust Street in St. Louis from 1972-2016, with other centers in Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas and Kansas. Today, NLEC's headquarters are at 2428 Woodson Rd., Overland, Missouri, with other free stores and safe houses throughout Missouri.
Who we serve:
We serve people in throughout Missouri and around the world. NLEC provides over 150,000 meals and sandwiches, and more than 65,000 nights of emergency overnight shelter every year. We provide 80,000 social service contacts — helping individuals and families throughout mid-America with clothing and food through our free stores, fans, blankets, utility assistance, transportation, medical assistance and housing assistance. The millions of people we serve in the Midwest and around the world include homeless men, women and children, the poor, elderly and families in our communities overwhelmed by the need to provide the basic necessities, and earthquake and hurricane survivors. NLEC has branches in India and Africa and has long-standing partnerships with organizations in more than 10 countries including Haiti.
Why we serve:
The spirit of God moves us into action to provide direct services of shelter, food, clothing, and job training. Motivated by our faith in Jesus Christ, we serve alongside the poor and oppressed as a demonstration of God’s unconditional love for all people.
NLEC knows: The best way to fight homelessness is to stop it before it starts. When someone’s housing status is jeopardized by a crisis situation, such as a job loss, utility disconnection, or the threat of eviction, NLEC intervenes to help prevent homelessness.
When families and individuals do become homeless, NLEC seeks to foster and fulfill their own motivation to help themselves. When clients show this desire, NLEC equips them with job training, addiction counseling, spiritual guidance, and whatever else they might need to become permanently housed and gainfully employed.
Homeless Empowerment and Education:
NLEC’s unique on-the-job training program not only benefits the homeless, but also the community as a whole. Regular renewable energy fairs, where the formerly homeless trainees share renewable energy skills they learn, have introduced thousands throughout the Midwest to the world of renewable energy. Through Missouri Renewable Energy and the Here’s Help Radio and TV network, staffed by the formerly homeless, educational and informational programming is reaching more people. And, the new nationwide Renewable Energy Satellite network will teach sustainable living, renewable energy, gardening and much more — providing even more opportunities.
To donate by check, please mail us at NLEC, P. O. Box 473, St. Louis, MO 63166.
We receive no government money. We are 100% funded by the generosity of individual donors like you.