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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.


Who is NLEC? NLEC Mission: 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 Values: New Life Evangelistic Center 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. Why we serve

New  Life Evangelistic Center is a non-profit 501(c)(3) church center composed of over 50 staff members and countless volunteers, all  dedicated to providing effective support for the poor and homeless in  Saint Louis and beyond. Founded by Rev. Larry and Penny Rice, NLEC has  been headquartered in Saint Louis since 1972, with other centers in  Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas, and Kansas.

Who is NLEC?  You are!  Through your prayers and faithful support, you are indeed a valued member of NLEC.

Who we serve

We  serve people in Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Arkansas and around the  world.  The New Life Evangelistic Center 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.  New Life Evangelistic Center  has branches in India and Africa and has long-standing partnerships with  organizations in more than 7 countries.

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.

Homeless Prevention:

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.

Homeless Transformation:

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.