LESSIE BATES DAVIS

NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE

Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House is in a covenant relationship with the United Methodist Women National Office.

1200 NORTH 13TH STREET

EAST ST LOUIS, IL 62205

TELEPHONE: 618 874 0777
FAX: 618 874 0511

“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me” — Mat. 25:35

LESSIE BATES DAVIS NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE INVITES YOU TO JOIN US IN CELEBRATION
OF WILLIAM “BILL” KREEB’S 40 YEARS OF SERVICE AT THE NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE.


CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION. 


WE ARE ALSO INVITING YOU TO SHARE YOUR STORY OF HOW BILL IMPACTED YOUR LIFE
ON FACEBOOK @ WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/BILLKREEBRETIREMENT




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OUR
MISSION

EMPOWERING FAMILIES

The mission of Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House is to  empower individuals and families to move out of poverty and achieve self-sufficiency to assure that a new generation of children have the family and community supports needed to be successful in school and in life.

OUR
VISION

THRIVING COMMUNITIES

The Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House seeks to carry out its United Methodist Church affiliation by providing services to address the immediate and long term physical and spiritual needs of youth and families within East St. Louis and its surrounding communities.

OUR
BELIEFS

GIVING HOPE

There are thousands of children and families in our community who are suffering tremendous hardships, who often have no one to turn to, and have given up hope. As a United Methodist Community Center, we believe that “in God’s Name all things are possible.”

PRESS RELEASE

LESSIE BATES DAVIS NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE ANNOUNCES NEW PRESIDENT/CEO

Mr. Christopher Coleman, President/CEO


Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House is a non-profit, faith-based 501(c) (3) nonprofit community organization providing services to address the immediate and long term physical and spiritual needs of youth and families within East St. Louis and its surrounding communities since 1909, has announced the selection of Mr. Christopher Coleman, as its new President /CEO.  Mr. Coleman will fill the vacancy upon the retirement of Mr. William “Bill” Kreeb. The selection was made after a rigorous search and selection process, during which Christopher served as Senior Vice-President of Operations for the agency.

Mr. Kreeb stated, “It is my belief that Chris is uniquely qualified to lead Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House into what I see as the next shift. His knowledge, skills, and abilities in the social service arena coupled with an impressive track record in successful strategic planning better situates Mr. Coleman for the job.


Additionally, he brings outstanding leadership that will be invaluable as the board of directors seeks to advance the agency and extend its reach to those in need.  I have given myself to service of the past 40 plus years, I see that same compassion to serving the less vulnerable that I strive to present throughout my career. Chris will do a great job!”


“Mr. Coleman brings several years of non-profit administrative experience to the proverbial table.  It was critical for us to identify a professional who would focus on a defined process of moving our programs forward and more importantly, producing high caliber results for our ministry. Chris fits the bill of achieving those specific objectives.” Mr. Earl McDowell Jr., Board President.


Coleman joined Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House in 1999 as an AmeriCorps Member and through ongoing executive level career advancements, before being named Senior Vice President of Operations for the organization last year.  Coleman has more than 17

years of experience in the social services and community development sectors. He holds a Bachelor’s in Human Resource Management and Master’s degrees in Business Administration from Lindenwood University-St. Charles Missouri.  Currently, Coleman is a board member of Project Youth Impact of St. Louis, and has been seen by many as a charismatic leader, entrepreneur, advocate for social equality, visionary, and builder with divine purpose just to name a few.   

“I am tremendously excited to have served under Mr. Kreeb for so many years.  This period of service has afforded me an opportunity to better understand the various dynamics and barriers while leading an organization that has existed for more than 106 years.  Lessie Bates has a rich history of spurring positive change in the lives of so many across the greater metro east area. I feel my experiences as a native of East St. Louis, and recipient of the many services provided by Lessie Bates during my childhood, will further enable me to relate to those that experience poverty with little to no hope.  Although my title will change my work will not.  I am honored and pleased to work with a board of directors and staff that really care about those experiencing poverty. With the combined resources of the Neighborhood House and its many community partners, we have the ability to transform lives and create processes that exceed the needs and desires of our citizens.  My prayer each day will be to effective share God’s love through service to all in need” said Christopher Coleman. 


HELP US BETTER SERVE OUR COMMUNITY

OUR SPECIAL WISHLIST

Your gifts to Neighborhood House make it possible for us to reach out to those in need in our community. These gifts enrich each of our programs by providing needed items.

  • Disposable diapers, pull-ups, wipes, lotion, shampoo, oil, wash
  • Sheets/Quilts for day care cots, cribs
  • Infant layettes, baby bouncer, baby swing, formula, baby bottles, bibs, socks, underwear
  • Educational toys, books, puzzles

These are only a few items that are on our Wishlist​. Click on the adjacent link to see a full list of items we need to better service the community of Lessie Bates Neighborhood House!

  • Canned goods and non-perishable food items

  • Blankets, fans, air conditioners, bed linen, towels

  • Furniture: table, chairs, sofas, mattresses, frames (call to schedule drop-off)

LISTEN TO THE VOICES OF THOSE WE SERVE

LBDNH serves approximately eight (8) townships in two (2) counties in the southern Illinois region.

Schedule your tour today​, spend a day and learn more about the agency!