THE ST. LOUIS EMPOWERMENT CENTER IS A PEER RUN RECOVERY DROP-IN CENTER DESIGNED TO MEET THE NEEDS OF INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE LIVED EXPERIENCE WITH MENTAL HEALTH AND/OR SUBSTANCE USE ISSUES.
The Center provides opportunities for program participants to create an empowering, non-hierarchical environment of their own design in which self-help and mutual aid flourish. Individuals at the Center develop skills and competencies through exposure to their peers. Support groups and educational programs are formed in response to the needs of those in attendance. Leadership skills develop because of the need for leadership. Decision-making is participatory and rules and standards of behavior are self-imposed and self-enforced.