Father Dempsey's Charities

Since 1906, Father Dempsey's Charities has provided transitional housing and a safe place to give a fresh start to men without a home. Today, our agency gives up to 60 residents a place to live and help with daily nourishment, getting a job, obtaining needed medical treatment, and accessing government benefits available due to military service, age, or disability. The average length of stay is one year.

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Give a Home for Christmas

Father Dempsey's Home has provided transitional housing since 1906.Wondering what to give a loved one who has everything this Christmas? Consider a donation in their name to Father Dempsey's Charities and help carry on a century-plus tradition of service to the homeless and working poor.

Since 1906, Father Dempsey's Charities has provided transitional housing and a safe place to give a fresh start to men without a home. "Our home was founded as a hotel for working men by Father Tim Dempsey, a charismatic and big-hearted priest who wanted to create 'a decent home for men who want to be decent,'" says Martie Aboussie, the agency's executive director.

"Today, our agency gives residents a place to live and help with daily nourishment, finding a job, obtaining needed medical treatment, and accessing government benefits available due to military service, age, or disability," he adds. 

More than 60 percent of the agency's current residents are U.S. veterans who find the home's location at 3427 Washington Avenue, east of Grand Boulevard, a convenient spot for accessing health-care services at the St. Louis Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Center's John Cochran Division at 915 N. Grand Boulevard.

"We are deeply grateful to our friends and benefactors, whose generosity has provided a simple home and support services to others for 101 years," Aboussie notes.

To make a donation, call 314.531.1235, email maboussie@archstl.org or mail to Father Dempsey's Home, 3427 Washington Avenue, St. Louis MO 63103. To make a secure online donation to Father Dempsey's Charities, click here.

From Homeless to Home: Former Trucker Finds Home at Father Dempsey's Charities

On a very cold day in November 2005, the staff at Father Dempsey's Charities met Mr. L through the soup line. Mr. L noticed our sign about having a social worker and asked to speak to her.

During the interview, Mr. L told his story. He was a veteran and had been homeless for seven years, finding shelter in vacant buildings. Prior to being homeless, Mr. L had lived with a family member until that person's death. Then he lived with various friends and family members throughout the United States until finally settling in St. Louis. One reason he stayed in St. Louis was the Veterans Administration (VA) and the VA hospital at Jefferson Barracks.  

Mr. L had had a successful career in truck driving until an accident cut his employment short. Unable to work, Mr. L fell into depression and other medical woes. Those events began his life of wandering.

By the grace of God, Mr. L happened upon Father Dempsey's Charities. On this cold November day, one of our staff members had extra soup and fruit from lunch. When offered to Mr. L, he remarked that he was about to cry because so much kindness was being shown to him. One week later, Mr. L became a resident of Father Dempsey's Charities.

Today, Mr. L is a valuable member of our agency, helping in any way he can. He is a friend to many and is a sign of what can be accomplished when people work together.

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