The New Life Evangelistic Center provides homeless men and veterans with housing, food, clothing and hygiene items 365 nights a year. In addition to relief services, NLEC provides a Men’s Training Program, which is a developed program that combines relief services, with education and on-the-job training to disadvantaged men in various cities and communities in the Mid-west. Many of the men in our training program are learning on-the-job skills and how to live and serve in Christian community.
The NLEC Training Program is for individuals who desire to change their lives for the better by learning job skills and living in Christian Community. The training program provides in-depth training and instruction of job skills such as: computer training, reception work, renewable energy, television and radio production, hospitality, and farming and livestock care. The basis of the NLEC Training Program is founded upon: prayer, bible study, faith, hope, responsibility, and Christian Community. NLEC believes that healing is found in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the support of Christian Community.
14 days of shelter. Check in Saturday thru Thursday between 5 pm –7:30 pm. Friday between 3 pm-3:30 pm. Check out by 7 AM next morning. You may receive your mail at this location while you stay. If needed, an additional 14 days are available for those checking in after 9 pm.
Up to 30 days of stay in a separate dorm. Background check required. Volunteer up to 6 hours on weekdays and 8 on weekends. Help with shelter clean up, trash disposal, security, etc. If you are employed we ask for 3 hours daily. Attend daily and weekly meetings. (Bible study/worship)
Homeless veterans with a DD-214 or VA medical card may apply for up to 90 days of transitional housing. Room and board provided. Evaluations every 30 days review budget, housing decisions, and whether member is staying clean and dependably showing up for shifts.
2 Year Leadership Training
After joining the 30 day or Veterans Program, applicants may decide to share room and board and receive extensive training a wide variety of fields. Life skills are learned in on-the-job training. Willingness to grow mentally and spiritually and take on a wide range of responsibilities is necessary. Members voluntarily agree to quit smoking and travel to other ministry locations where the need is greatest.
Below is a story and testimony of men who have been apart of the NLEC training program.
Hello my name is Kymal Dockett. For years I have struggled with jumping from job to job, house to house, relationship to relationship; it was not until I came to New Life that my life style slowed down and I made a personal commitment to do better in life. New Life received me in at a time I lacked direction and was in need of a change. I thought that the two year program would be an awesome opportunity to get involved and do something constructive with my life. While in the program I was involved in Media Production.
Most importantly being at New Life gave me the time to develop my personal relationship with Jesus Christ. To be involved in full-time ministry for two years and not leave out with the guidance and direction of Jesus Christ would have been a tragedy. Seeing all the hurting people that come through those doors on a daily bases was an eye opener to me that God needs soldiers out here that are willing to be on the front line through prayer and community outreach.
Stepping into the Light Ministries
Born in 1958 in St. Louis, Missouri, Pastor Jerome Bracely of Stepping into the Light Ministries is an embodiment of the saying, “they don’t need to hear you talking, if they can see how you’re walking.” More than 5000 men have been served through Stepping in the Light Ministry (SILM). They have come off the streets, embraced Jesus as their Savior, given up substance abuse, found steady employment, and some are now married men and fathers. This deliverance ministry has had a remarkable 70% success rate in recovery from addiction.
Jerome spent fifteen years addicted to drugs and alcohol, until he received God’s help through Rev. Larry Rice at New Life Evangelistic Center. While seeking deliverance from his addictions, Jerome made a promise to God, “If you can deliver me, I will dedicate my life to freeing others.” Stepping into the Light Ministry was born out of this promise.
In God’s providence, the building now used by the ministry was purchased for $1, and even the $1 used to buy the building was donated, since Jerome had no money in his pockets. Since Stepping into the Light Ministries began its work in Old North St. Louis in 1995, the drug dealers who used to frequent the area have fled, property values have risen, and urban redevelopment is advancing throughout the neighborhood. SILM has helped to transform a whole community, as well as the thousands of men who have left behind homelessness and drug addiction.