Our Mission, History and Vision
St. John Center is on a mission to help people experiencing homelessness address the barriers to housing and self-sufficiency so they can leave homelessness for good.
With the support of this community, we’ve been providing resources and services for those experiencing homelessness in the Louisville area since 1986. We are located in a former Catholic church built in the 1850s as a safe haven for immigrants. Today, our staff and volunteers carry on that welcoming spirit to provide refuge to some of our community’s most vulnerable people.
Our vision is a city where all people experiencing homelessness have the resources and support they need to leave homelessness for good.
We believe in the dignity of every human being. We strive to call each person by name. We recognize that homeless individuals have experienced a high level of trauma, so we strive to be a refuge and a safe haven.
We strive to be useful space, providing the best possible opportunities for those experiencing homelessness to continue their path toward greater self-sufficiency.
Volunteers are valued as an integral part of St. John Center’s mission.
We value partnerships with other agencies in order to be useful to clients and resourceful with limited space and funds.
We strive to foster a workplace that supports continuous learning, applying new skills, research, and evidence-based practices to our work.
Housing as a Right
We believe housing is a right.
We operate with the understanding that people rarely become homeless because of just one issue or incident, but rather people become homeless because of both personal circumstances and systemic issues. We take seriously our role as advocates for the homeless and embrace opportunities to educate the community about the causes of, and solutions to, homelessness.
Meet the Team
Day Shelter and Social Services Center
Permanent Supportive Housing
Board of Directors
Humana, Chief of Staff, Central Division
Seven Counties Services, MPW Evaluator
Independence Bank, Assistant Vice President, Commercial Lending Officer
Humana, VP Information Management and
Immediate Past Chair
Construction Management Consultant
GE Applicances, Senior Director
REBOUND, Inc., Executive Director
Winterwood Development, Director of Development
Julie Ann Goetz
Signature HealthCARE, VP of Total Rewards
Family Health Centers – Phoenix, Case Manager
Sims Counseling and Consulting, Mental Health Therapist
Goodwill Industries, Chief Financial Officer
Beacon Community Credit Union, Vice President of Accounting
Chase Bank, Housing Lending Advisor
BrightSpring Health Services, Chief Digital and Technology Officer
Norton Healthcare, Manager, Clinical Effectiveness and Care Management
Senior Analyst, Retail Operations, Constellation Energy
English Law Group
Demeter Logistics, Principal Software Architect
Humana, Associate Vice President, Risk Management
Welch Law Office, Attorney
Limestone Title & Escrow, Reconciliation Manager
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