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The People's Shelter has been serving the city of Cape Girardeau since January 2017.  At that time, a terrible winter storm was headed our way and unfortunately, a population of homeless people had begun to emerge from the crevices of our fair city. On January 9, the pastor and members of St. James held a meeting to discuss the situation, and on January 10, 2017, the doors of the church were opened. Due to COVID restrictions in 2020, we were not able to utilize our space for a warming center, however, we were able to provide hotel rooms for those needing shelter.  Contact us for ways to volunteer and/or donate to any of these community services:

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Community Lunchbox

The Women's Missionary Society and other community partners make lunch bags with donated non-perishable food items for the Community Lunchbox.


On Wednesdays from 4-5:30 p.m. guests can come take a shower and receive toiletries and/or gently used clothing if needed.

*weather permitting

Hotel Stay

When temperatures drop to 32 degrees or below for two or more consecutive days, we provide hotel stay for those seeking shelter during the inclement weather.

*as funds allow

Ways to Donate

Mail check or money order to The People's Shelter
P. O. Box 301 Cape Girardeau, MO 63702 or 516 North St. Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

Cash App: $StJamesnPplShelter

Call if you or someone you know needs shelter when temps drop to 32 degrees or below: 573-382-4964 or 573-334-9119
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