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.


Help ECH offer
individualized therapy for
each child, youth and family we serve!

Because one size does NOT always fit all!

With your support of #givestlday, ECH continues to offer our children, youth and families unique therapy plans, designed to fit their individual needs. These plans are ever changing and important to their success and well-being. Its one of the many ways ECH offers HOPE!

ECH Every Child's Hope is proud to join more than 790 St. Louis-Area nonprofits to benefit from 24-hour community-wide online giving initiative.

You can contribute online on May 5 - it's simple!

  1. Visit
  2. Search for "Evangelical Children's Home"
  3. Make an online donation of $10 or more
  4. We will let you know through our Facebook and Twitter pages when there are power hours and special incentives.

Your contribution will be added to the ongoing leaderboard located on the website and results tracked throughout the day. In addition, status updates – including giving challenges and six scheduled “Power Hours” – will be promoted on Facebook (

During “Power Hours” selected donations could be matched!




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