About Fr. Dempsey's Charities

Fr. Dempsey's Charities - ChapelSince 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.

Father Dempsey's Charities offers guests a room equipped with a bed, dresser, nightstand, lamp, and bedding. Bathrooms and kitchen facilities are shared. Breakfast and dinner are provided Monday through Friday for residents. On Saturdays and Sundays, when volunteers from the Saint Louis University campus kitchen are cooking, guests receive one main meal each day.

In a tradition dating to the home's founding, a free lunch (usually a sandwich and snack) is offered each weekday (noon to 12:45 p.m.) to the men who stop in. Mass is celebrated each Tuesday.


Father Dempsey's Charities employs a full-time staff of four with additional help from part-time employees, including some of the home's residents. The front desk is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Samuel Irons, Executive Director
Donna Kestler, Office Manager
Lisa Wood, Administrative Assistant
James Ginger, Maintenance Supervisor