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ALIVE’s mission is to provide counseling, emergency sanctuary and other critical services to adults and children impacted by domestic abuse, as well as to increase awareness in order to create a supportive community.
ALIVE’s vision is to end domestic abuse, restoring safety and peace one family at a time.
ALIVE (Alternatives to Living in Violent Environments) was founded in 1983 through the shared vision of two women with graduate degrees from Washington University who worked as advocates for abused women. Aware of the critical need for safe shelter for women and children victimized by domestic violence in St. Louis, they decided to fill the existing void in services. ALIVE’s humble beginnings took place in two rooms donated by a local church. Two volunteer co-directors conducted ALIVE’s initial efforts, and six safe home providers shared their homes with abused women and their children when safe shelter options were unavailable. In addition to offering the temporary shelter program, ALIVE hosted four weekly support groups.