Heat pump stolen from St. Louis church, delaying opening of homeless shelter


ST. LOUIS – A St. Louis church and homeless shelter is scrambling to find a way to heat its building after its heat pump was stolen.

Without that pump, organizers of the city’s newest homeless shelter say they’re having to delay its opening.

City Hope St. Louis has six shelters across the city.

“With the six locations that we have open, we service about 200 to 250 individuals each night,” said Michael Robinson, the organization’s CEO.  

This winter, they’ve partnered with Asberry United Methodist in north city. The church will hold 20 to 30 beds for the homeless. Robinson noticed the pump was missing this week, adding that the timing couldn’t be worse with the temperatures getting colder.

“The building is extremely cold now. We can’t bring individuals in there in that condition. So, we must hold off right now,” he said. 

Robinson says thieves have stolen from City Hope before, and he wants those thieves to know that lives are at stake when they steal. 

“It’s extremely hurtful because it delays the opportunity for us to serve. The building is extremely cold now and we can’t bring individuals in there in that condition. So, we must hold off right now,” he said.

Robinson says it will cost between $8,000 and $10,000 to replace the pump and repair damages to the building. He says his organization is mostly funded through donations and needs help from the community.

“We’re just asking for a little help in the situation so that we can get those guests into our facility as soon as possible,” he said. 

Donations can be made through PayPal, CashApp, or by mail at 2010 S. 8th Street, St. Louis, MO 63104. 

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