A Place of Healing – A Voice of Hope.


Lydia’s House is here to help women and children in need.

Taking the first step to leave an abuser is a critical time when a woman needs a reliable safety plan. If you were directed to Lydia’s House or found us through an online search, we are grateful to be a resource. However, it is important to know that Lydia’s House is a transitional housing program, not a crisis shelter or emergency hotline.

If you are in crisis and seeking emergency shelter, contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline. Call 911 if you are in immediate danger.

Women are referred to Lydia’s House by shelter advocates when a need for continued safety and support has been identified. We rely on crisis shelters and emergency hotlines to serve as an essential first point of contact before residents are transitioned to Lydia’s House for long-term support. Please remember, internet activity and phone calls can be traced. Do not use a computer or phone your abuser has access to. Avoid cordless phones. The public library offers free computer use at their local branches. Click below to read more about computer safety.

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National Domestic Violence Hotline

If you or someone you know is in crisis and needing shelter, call 1.800.799.SAFE (7233) or text “START” to 88788. This hotline is free, confidential and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

For Women in Crisis in the St. Louis Area

National Hotlines

Online Resources

Building a Life of Hope

“I really struggled when I first came to Lydia’s House, but the staff helped me learn from my mistakes instead of making me feel bad about them. My staff advocate helped me to set goals and stay focused, because I wanted a better life for my girls. Although I was finally able to move into my own apartment, I still go to support groups and meet with my advocate. Their support has truly been a blessing in my life. I finally feel safe, and I’m so glad that my girls will know how to love without pain.”