PPCS is an ecumenical human service agency committed to providing immediate and transitional housing and supportive services to persons who are homeless, especially those who experience mental illness or live with HIV or AIDS. The organization promotes personal growth, as well as stability and independence.
PPCS was initially organized in 1981 as a grass roots agency responding to the crisis of homelessness. Trinity Lutheran Church and the Catholic parishes of Sts. Peter & Paul and St. Vincent DePaul were the original sponsors of the agency. The primary focus of all PPCS programs is to help those who are homeless to change their circumstances. These programs meet many different needs and include Emergency Shelter, Meals Program, Transitional Housing Program, Benedict Joseph Labre Center, Positive Directions Program, and Club Cathedral.
PPCS has also supported the community collabARTive that meets on Thursday evenings and which is an integrated part of the Transitional Housing Program offering men who are homeless an opportunity to work with community artists and connect with co-communities in the St. Louis area. In addition to fine-arts process and training, the collabARTive strives to raise community awareness regarding the many reasons for homelessness and raise the awareness of each individual involved in the program about choices and consequences regarding creativity, healthy self-awareness, and relationships.