Join Hands East Saint Louis

The mission of Join Hands ESL is to empower the people of East St Louis, to walk in solidarity with those we serve, showing love and compassion to those in need, affirming and reflecting the beauty and potential of each individual. We build personal relationships with children and families through our youth programming, mentoring programs and the Ubuntu Center for Peace. We prioritize and support through our programs the pursuit of education as a pathway out of poverty. 


Please help us send an East St. Louis student back to school with school supplies! If you can help, please email Mimi Berry at

Our Focus


Relationships begin with our youth programming, encouraging positive self- image and self- esteem, and encouraging our young people to stay on the right track, do the right thing and focus on education. Volunteers act as role models and big brothers and big sisters, reflecting the beauty and worth of each child.



Our Dream Path provides a pathway out of poverty. Consisting of our Family and Teen Mentoring, Alternative Education and Education Advocacy, the focus of the Dream Path is relationships, walking in solidarity with families, helping them overcome the many hurdles that poverty present to a child’s academic success.



The Ubuntu Center is a place of peace, love and hospitality, an oasis in the midst of an often-violent area. It is now home to all Join Hands programs, morning coffee, a peace chapel, yoga and meditation. It is a resource for our families and children, and those in the neighborhood, as well as home to our administrative offices.


Take the Ubuntu Pledge!

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13 Feb 2020

Take the Ubuntu Pledge!

Tired of the hatred and division, join our Join Hands Peace Warrior teens as they start a movement to spread love and the idea of ubuntu as a solution to what we all are experiencing...