In 1858, Reverend Louis Nollau accepted the first child in the German Protestant Orphan's Home with the goal to offer children a place where they could heal and feel safe. Today, 150 years later and now known as ECH, we are still striving to keep Reverend Nollau's dream alive.



Come Join us for

Live for One Night Only

The Music of Frank Sinatra

and other favorites as performed by

Peter Oprisko

at the

28th Annual Extend a Caring Hand
Dinner and Auction


Friday, April 17, 2015

6:30 p.m.

The Ritz Carlton, Clayton, Mo.


Tickets are $130 or $1,250 per table of 10.


Purchase your Tickets Here!







The Spirit of Alliance National Award is given to
ECH's own

Debora Lake

The Spirit of Alliance National Award was given to ECH employee, Debora Lake, Life Skills Coordinator for the St. Louis Steppingstone program. Each year the National Alliance for Children & Families (a national organization of which we are a member) recognizes an individual for his or her direct service to clients, who is committed to the Agency for which he or she works and who is dedicated to serving children, families, and communities. Individuals are nominated from agencies throughout the country for this award. Ms. Lake was flown to Pittsburgh to attend the Annual Alliance’s Annual Conference where she was honored. Congratulations, Ms. Lake!



How To Speak to Children in a Crisis

Two ECH staff member's offered some practicle advice on how and when to speak to children during a crisis. Take a moment to see what advice they had to offer.

Seven Tips for Parents
by Colleen Matlock, MA PLPC


Talking to Kids During a Crisis
by Heather Hansen, MA LPC