Homeless services nonprofit hires new COO

Amanda Laumeyer

By Diana Barr – Associate Editor
St. Louis Business Journal

March 25, 2024

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Peter & Paul Community Services, a nonprofit that provides housing and support services to people who are homeless, has hired the former top executive of another local homeless services nonprofit.

PPCS has named Amanda Laumeyer, formerly CEO of homeless services provider St. Patrick Center, as its chief operating officer, effective April 1.

The COO post at PPCS has been vacant since April 2023, when Adam Cisroe Pearson left to become director of the Department of Human Services for the city of St. Louis.

Officials said the COO role had “intentionally been left vacant until Laumeyer’s hire while PPCS focused on site acquisition” to expand its beds available for men who are homeless, according to a press release earlier this month. Laumeyer’s hiring coincides with PPCS’s purchase of a building in the Kosciusko neighborhood that will serve as the region’s largest single facility for homeless services, officials said.

Laumeyer, who had served as St. Patrick’s CEO since July last year, left that post March 7. She was named St. Patrick’s leader after having served as interim CEO since April 2023, when former CEO Anthony D’Agostino left St. Patrick Center to become CEO of PPCS.

Laumeyer joined St. Patrick Center in 2015, first as development director then as senior director of development in 2019, and senior director of philanthropy in 2021, according to her LinkedIn profile. Her prior roles included management posts at ComForcare Senior Services, American Veterans Care Connection and the Alzheimer’s Association. She holds a bachelor’s degree in gerontology from Missouri State University, according to the profile.

“Her expertise and skillset make her the ideal candidate to help guide our imminent expansion to better serve people facing homelessness,” D’Agostino said of Laumeyer, in the press release. “Amanda and I previously worked together, and there is absolutely no one I would trust more in this crucial role.”

In her new role with PPCS, Laumeyer will lead professional development at the nonprofit, as well as help guide strategic direction and program growth, fundraising, human resources and other “executive functions,” according to the release.

“I am inspired by the commitment I see at PPCS to do more to meet the growing need for affordable, safe living spaces in St. Louis,” Laumeyer said in a statement. “This winter was another lesson in the ongoing need for shelter. There is good work happening in our region among homeless services providers, and I am thrilled to bring my passion to PPCS while continuing to support people experiencing homelessness.”

PPCS has been working to relocate and expand its current Soulard shelter, currently at 711 Allen Ave., but has met opposition from neighboring property owners at several locations. Last month a city of St. Louis review board approved the nonprofit’s plan to build out a 100-bed shelter a building in an industrial area in the Kosciusko neighborhood, near Soulard, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. The city review board’s conditions for approving the new shelter call for PPCS to enforce loitering laws around the facility and reduce foot traffic there by shuttling clients, according to the publication.

PPCS also operates Garfield Place Apartments, a supportive housing program for people who have been diagnosed with severe mental illness and are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless; the Labre Center, providing housing and services to people living with severe and persistent mental illness; and Positive Directions, a transitional housing program for homeless people living with HIV, mental illness and/or substance abuse.

PPCS has committed over $7 million dollars to its new shelter project and has a capital campaign in progress, according to a February update on its website.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2022, Peter & Paul Community Services reported over $3.9 million in total revenue and nearly $3.8 million in total expenses, according to its most recent IRS filing.

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