FRIENDSHIP LINE   1.866.525.1442

– Daily 9:00am – 3:00pm

– If you’re located in North America, you can dial 211 to be connected with a local community resource specialist.

– In the event of an emergency dial 911

The Friendship Line is a consumer operated warm-line that specializes in peer support. It is the mission of the St. Louis Empowerment Center’s Friendship Line to provide friendly, recovery orientated, peer-support to individuals who are not currently in a crisis situation through telephone conversations. The Friendship Line is open to everyone and is funded through a generous grant from the Missouri Department of Mental Health. Whenever you feel the need to talk to someone who is friendly and understanding, just give us a call! 


It’s a very exciting time at the Empowerment Center, as we’ve just finished deploying an on-site computer lab for the benefit of program participants who might not have regular access to online resources. The lab consists entirely of refurbished PC’s running a low-power, user-friendly distribution of Linux, and we’re very proud of it! Already people have begun making use of it for online research and education, to polish résumés and submit job applications, to reach out to family and friends, and (of course) to play some games.
The lab demonstrates the Empowerment Center’s commitment to sustainable technology use as we go to great pains to repurpose previously-discarded equipment, thus keeping it out of landfills! As a highly-resourceful Starfleet engineer once sagely propounded, “Just because something’s old, doesn’t mean you throw it away.”



– LUNCH: It is the policy of the St. Louis Empowerment Center to provide free lunch for its program participants at noon on Monday through Friday. Participants must attend one of the self-help meetings held at the Center at 11:00am if they wish to partake in lunch. When available, additional snacks are served in the afternoon.

The St. Louis Empowerment Center receives donations of food from a variety of local charitable organizations and individual donors. Grant funds purchase food from super markets, as well as the St. Louis Area Food Bank.
In addition, the St. Louis Empowerment Center regularly receives donations of food from Operation Food Search. This food is available for anyone in need of assistance, and is distributed to program participants, part-time line staff, and other social service agencies.