First Step Back Home, Inc.


Through the transformative power of God's Love through the Gospel of Jesus, we offer solutions for poverty and injustice to the homeless and working poor. Matthew 22: 37-39

Address:PO Box 966
O'Fallon, MO 63366
Website:http://www.firststepbackhome.net
Email:lanakruse@centurytel.net
Phone Number:314-799-3694
FSBH Vision Statements:

1. To increase awareness of the local needs of the poor and needy within our community.
2. To promote unity in the community by encouraging people to get involved in the lives of the poor and needy in practical ways.
3. To reduce suffering and misery of the poor by showing the Love of God in sacrifice and risk from something of ourselves.

Seeking support for the daily motel expense to lodge homeless in St. Charles, Lincoln and Warren Counties. Our ministry primarily serves single, homeless men, and fills many gaps in service to help homeless men, women and children get off the streets and get into a safe "shelter." Program is designed to benefit the homeless and the communities and public agencies, such as hospitals, police and social service groups who encounter the homeless and have no provisions for their care. Our current lodging site is Economy Inn in Wentzville, which charges us $40-$50 per night depending on the size of the family (up to 6 people in a room). In 2015 220 individuals and family units were lodged there for a total cost of $52,000; In 2016. 375 people were served in a variety of ways, with 854 nights of lodging and other provisions such as fuel, food, clothing, medicine, and car repair. Currently we receive 20-40 calls per day as many in the community know of our reputation for helping, since we've been organized 12 years. To be lodged, the homeless must agree to submit 15 applications for employment each day for a night's lodging. Job search forms are reviewed by the caseworkers and random job search sites are called to verify if a client did submit an application.
In 2016 the ministry expanded to acquire six mobile homes in O'Fallon, MO where 16 previously homeless people now reside in more permanent housing. For those six families, life has improved by having better work situations, stability with a permanent address and living quarters.

Since there is no permanent funding for emergency lodging, we only agree to lodge people when cash is available from donations of individuals, corporations, churches and community groups. Same with the mobile home aspect of the ministry. As funds or donations of units happen, we are able transition people who meet criteria for success into these settings.

Note from client (new widow w/ 5 kids):

I want to thank you for your continuous love, caring, compassion, kindness and generosity. You gave us food and a place to stay before the funeral, household items, furniture, back-packs full of school supplies, school books, a working washer, referral for beds, a white board, computer, garden tools, understanding, comfort and Christmas. On top of that, you helped us with rent. I just don't think that "thank you" begins to crack the surface. We will be forever touched , forever grateful for your kindness.

Life in the FSBH Mobile Home Setting
"Love Makes a House a Home"
By Nancy Jessee

For the past 3+ years my daughter and her family have been moving around, living with relatives, seeking to have a home. My daughter has had several problems with her health that have interfered with her several positions as a CNA around the greater St Louis area. During her periods of unemployment due to recuperation, housing became a serious problem. Her husband, because of some bad choices as a very young man, has had a lot of trouble finding employment, even though he has a lot of skills -- carpentry, painting, plumbing, even cooking -- and is a very hard worker when employed. The frequent rejections have greatly discouraged him.

I am a senior who lives on my Social Security and was securely set in a senior apartment building with my rent based on my income; I was praising the Lord for the security with which He had blessed me. But, the insecurity of my family, especially the two little girls who are my only grandchildren, was a constant pain in my heart. On three different occasions they were left with nowhere else to go but to move in with me in my little one-bedroom apartment; this did not set well with the management and was certainly a challenge for all of us. Each time it lasted a number of months and the management finally would insist they move out.

The last time this happened I was also asked to move out. I was praying all the time that God would find a home for them and now I began praying for another situation for myself. The Lord had other plans.

He began bringing godly people into my life that had other arrangements at their disposal. I honestly never thought about us all living together. But a series of phone calls put me in touch with Paul Kruse and First Step Back Home. In our conversation we discovered that I had known Lana, his wife, a number of years ago through our work for another ministry, Child Evangelism Fellowship. It was a joy to get back in touch and, when my daughter and I came to see the lovely mobile home Paul had told me about, I could see immediately that God was moving our family in the direction of living together to make a home for our dear girls. What joy!

We have now been living here -- first my daughter and me and then the rest of the family moved in after the school year was completed for the older granddaughter. We have had a lot of adjustments, but we are really enjoying our home. I had my furniture from my apartment but FSBH filled in so much for us. My daughter is working and the girls are making new friends in the park and settled in school here now. They also now get to go to our church with me on Sunday and Wednesday. We are all praising God for all of His wonderful blessings -- and FSBH and the Kruse's for their faithfulness in serving our precious Lord. My older granddaughter has told me "Love makes a house, a home." Amen!