Who We Are
The Sinai Family Life Center is a nonprofit community center whose mission is to provide vital social services to the residents of East St. Louis and surrounding communities. The center embraces diversity and welcomes all residents regardless of race, religion, gender, age, education level or sexual orientation. Its goal is to enable everyone to live healthier, positive, more productive and purposeful lives.
Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church has addressed the social service needs of the East St. Louis community for over 80 years. In 2001, Mt. Sinai Church founded the Sinai Family Life Center as its official social service outreach arm. In 2002, the Family Life Center opened the Sinai Child Care Center to address the childcare needs of the community by offering an after-school latchkey program to serve thirty (30) children, ages five (5) to twelve (12) for three (3) hours each day. In 2003, the Family Life Center offered its first Summer Enrichment Camp. Other programs operated by the Family Life Center include: a Senior Citizens program, a discount food program.
Without a doubt, Sinai Family Life Center's most profound contribution to the community, thus far, has been its creation of the Mt. Sinai Development Corporation in 2005. It is this subsidiary that is responsible for bringing to life the Center's dream of Sinai Village. Phase One of the project was recently completed with the construction of thirty (30) new, affordable housing units in the surrounding neighborhood.
United Way of Greater St.Louis
East Side Strives
Eastside Health District
Mt. Sinai Development Corporation
SFLC has many partners that provide funds and other valuable services:
SIUE Institute for Urban Research
Washington Universities Brown's School for Social Work
The major financial supporters of the overall operations have been the Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church, the East St. Louis Community Development Block Grant, and the Enterprise Foundation.
Youth programs are supported with grant monies from the Greater St. Louis Regional Empowerment Zone, United Way of America and the UPS Foundation.
The Enterprise Foundation collaborated on the pre-development planning, founding and activating of the Sinai Development Corporation.
The Children Home Aid Society of Illinois (CHASI) subsidizes the tuition of the latchkey and day camp programs for families who qualify.
The Illinois State Board of Education Food Program provides food for the latchkey and day camp programs.
Schools in School District 189 refer students to the latchkey program.
Government officials, social services agents, health professionals, law officers, fire fighters and other community resource personnel conduct the informational seminars for seniors and group guidance sessions for youths.
The Black Repertory Theater provides group discount rates to our seniorsCardinal Ball team/Busch Stadium provides free passes for seniors to attend Cardinal Games
Technical assistance in organizing events was provided by the following:Illinois Treasurers Office—Women's Conference (financial literacy)
Illinois Governor's Office—Women's Conference (health initiative)
Southern Illinois Regional Wellness Clinic—Health Screenings for men
U. S. Bank—mini courses on budgeting and credit repair
Our primary responsibility for these events was marketing the event, securing the place, and providing the audience.
State/local officials and other community leaders participate in "Sinai Fest."
Local businesses donate prizes for "Sinai Fest."