Welcome to the Neighborhood House!

On behalf of the Board of Directors and Staff of the Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House, I want to offer my sincerest gratitude for the loyalty, dedication, and support, which you have provided to Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House over the last 100+ years. Thanks to your efforts, we have been able to provide many years of ministry and mission work in East St. Louis and the surrounding community. Your enthusiasm and commitment continues to be the moral fiber behind the agency’s success. As a faith-based organization, we believe that God has and is continuing to work miracles each and every day in the lives of our community to “improve the lives of the children, families, and elderly persons throughout the greater East St. Louis community.” We look forward to continuing our successful collaboration with all of our partners and friends.

With Our Sincerest Thanks and Appreciation,

William R. Kreeb, President/CEO
Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House



OUR MISSION: The Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House is a United Methodist community center whose mission 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.




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  • The Muppets Take East St. Louis A United Methodist News Service ReportBy Heather Kemper-Hussey Jagged lines of 4- and 5-year-olds zigzagged into the room. Excitement rumbled through the tiny crowd as their widening eyes recognized the red and
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  • Alpacas visit the Mary E. Brown Community Center Comedian Dean Schardan brought Llamas and donations to the Mary E. Brown Center in East. St. Louis. On April 22, 2012, the St. Louis Post Dispatch reported Schardan's change of
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  • Video by the United Methodist Women At the LBDNH's Family Development Center, this eight week summer program provides education, field trips, and social assistance to families that migrate from state to state or work seasonal jobs. The bilingual
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  • Hundreds of people lined up at the Continuum of Life Care Center's Food Pantry to get a free turkey just in time for Thanksgiving. The 200 birds given to the community were compliments of the East St. Louis
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  • AmeriCorps workers and volunteers install drywall on the second floor of the future homeless shelter next to the Continuum of Life Care Center located on N. 37th Street in East St. Louis. Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House operates
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  • The mission work of the Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House began in the early 1900s when a large Bohemian-Slavonic population came to America to start a new life around the National Stockyards in East St. Louis, Illinois. Although
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