In 2009, Peter & Paul Community Services founded St. Louis’ first homeless street soccer club: The St. Louis Roadies. Street soccer games are played on a walled field about the size of a tennis court. The ball rebounds back onto the field instead of going out of bounds, creating a fast tempo and non-stop excitement. Teams of four play each other in games lasting 14 minutes.
The St. Louis Roadies compete locally, nationally, and internationally. Participation is open to everyone. The sport helps those who have been homeless connect with others in their community, including professional Peter & Paul staff and volunteers who assist players with supportive services. The experience of being part of a team renews one’s sense of self-esteem and empowers participants to change their lives for the better.
Over 150 homeless adults have played on the St. Louis Roadies since the club was established, with more than two thirds ending their homelessness for good.
the Community CollabARTive
The Community CollabARTive began in 2003 as a partnership between local artists and the staff and clients of Peter & Paul Community Services. The primary goal of the CollabARTive is to create a community among residents of the transitional housing programs, as well as between residents and staff. Outside of CollabARTive meetings, Peter & Paul staff mostly interact with clients on a professional basis, pushing them to build life skills. The CollabARTive art process, however, places PPCS residents and staff on the same level as they become art students, instructed by local artists in a variety of different art forms such as creative writing, dancing, drumming, sculpture, and painting. Residents and staff succeed and fail together, and learn to relate to one another on a personal level. The CollabARTive also gives PPCS residents an opportunity to document their journeys from homelessness to independent living through different artistic mediums.
Managing Artist, Co-Founder
Community Relations Director Co-Founder