Joe’s Place is an innovative idea born from a perpetual need in the Maplewood Richmond Heights School District (MRHSD). Every year many male high school students in our district find themselves virtually without a home due to serious family difficulties.
To respond to this traumatic need, a community-wide collaboration of MRHSD, Crossroads Presbyterian Fellowship Church, and many committed volunteers, came together to form Joe’s Place in 2006. After this, the school district purchased a house, developed a program, and hired house parents.
As a result in 2007, the first group of young male students moved into the house and in time became a family with a purpose – to graduate high school. To date, more than 25 young male students have successfully participated in our program.