Center for Civic Engagement and Democracy


Maryville University is proud to partner with the community through Project H.O.P.E.  Community partners include JCI, St. Patrick’s Center, and Grace Hill Settlement House.


JCI is a member-based non profit organization made up of over 200,000 people age 18-40 years old from over 100 countries.  The mission of JCI is to provide development opportunities that empower young people to create positive change.  The vision of JCI is to be the leading global network of young active citizens.  It was founded by Henry Giessenbier in 1915 in St. Louis, Missouri.  JCI works to promote change at a local level and members are very active in their own communities.

For more information:

JCI World Headquarters
15645 Olive Blvd.
Chesterfield, MO 63017

Tel: +1-636-449-3100
Fax: +1-636-449-3107


 St. Patrick Center

St. Patrick Center is the largest provider of homeless services in Missouri, with more than 20 housingemployment and mental health programs that assist more than 9,000 persons annually who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. We help individuals and families move from homelessness to independence in a measurable, cost-effective manner.

For more information:

St. Patrick Center

800 N. Tucker Blvd.

St. Louis, MO 63101


Regular business hours:

Monday- Friday 8am-4pm

Grace Hill Settlement House

Grace Hill Settlement House works in partnership with neighbors and stakeholders to identify the social and economic challenges in North and South St. Louis, and establish families and communities that are strong and self-sustaining.  Through multiple hub-like locations, thousands of St. Louis residents are impacted each year by the multitude of resources and services that Grace Hill Settlement House offers which include early childhood, youth and family supports, aging and special needs, and community and economic development. The role of Grace Hill is to develop the skills of residents, and to create opportunities for their personal advancement and that of their neighborhood.  Each year, approximately 1,440 neighbors (known as resident volunteers) are engaged, trained, and they in-turn provide a direct resource to other neighbors.  Last year, resident volunteers committed more than 122,000 hours of labor and service.

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