St. Louis-Based Shelter Offers ‘New Life’

St. Louis-Based Shelter Offers ‘New Life’ By: William Kosinski The Epoch Times Dec 17, 2009 Used by permission from The Epoch Times. “When people can no longer make ends meet, who do they turn to? For many, the New Life […]

St. Louis-Based Shelter Offers ‘New Life’

By: William Kosinski
The Epoch Times
Dec 17, 2009
Used by permission from The Epoch Times.

“When people can no longer make ends meet, who do they turn to? For many, the New Life Evangelistic Center offers hope.Although its headquarters are in St. Louis, the New Life Evangelistic Center (NLEC) has additional centers throughout Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas, and Kansas.

Reverend Larry Rice founded the NLEC in 1972. Almost 4 decades later, Rice still dedicates his energy to the community he serves. He is a religious man who lives his faith.

“When I first went into the ministry I made a decision that to minister means to serve,” explained Rice, adding that his services are open to everyone.

“Non-US citizens, new residents to the area, Spanish-speaking, no questions asked. Everyone is accepted to the center if they are in need of emergency shelter for the night,” said Rev. Rice.

True to his word, Rice continues to expand his organization to meet the needs of people well beyond his St. Louis office. What began in a 50 foot rented trailer now includes overseas missions in India, Nigeria, Mongolia, Haiti, and the Philippines.

In addition to providing food (290,000 meals and sandwiches) and shelter (130,000 “bed-nights”) to the homeless each year, the center also runs “free stores” which receive over 195,000 visits from poor and homeless persons in search of shoes, clothing, hygiene items and other basic needs.

The NLEC also offers training programs for homeless men and women who show a personal commitment to getting off the streets and bettering their circumstances.”

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