Mission and Vision
A movement of restoration working to reverse the negative trends of poverty and racism in the City of St. Louis
We do this by
Creating where there is nothing.
Joining in with what is good.
Healing where there is brokenness.
Meet the Team
Director of Oversight
After going to college in St. Louis, my wife and I moved to Portland. When we were in Portland, I really began to understand the complexities of community development. I can remember sitting on my porch and writing page after page about what it looks like for people to really love their city. My wife and I moved back to St. Louis, and from those pages, LOVEtheLOU was born
Director of Resources
I’ve always had a heart for the city, the marginalized and the lost, but I didn’t have any idea where those passions would take me. I graduated with a bachelor’s in Intercultural Studies and Bible Ozark Christian College in 2011. After school, I moved to New York to work with the homeless population, but door after door closed. It became clear to me that I was to stay in St. Louis. After the move, I began working at LOVEtheLOU.
Youth Program Manager
Between my parents and the news, I had always heard negative things about St. Louis. Once I moved into the city in 2014 after graduating, my outlook completely changed. I began to LOVE and appreciate this beautiful city. The people, culture, history, diversity and attractions all make St. Louis a unique place to live. Working with LOVEtheLOU gives me an opportunity to disciple and empower inner-city teenagers in amazing ways. I am so excited for this awesome journey, and I look forward to continuing to bring hope to St. Louis.
Director of Business Development
One of my biggest passions is to empower the marginalized in a holistic way. I’ve always wanted to be part of an organization that is a catalyst to their success. This call on my life has landed me back in St. Louis to be part of LOVEtheLOU's team. My hope is to see a mass of businesses and individuals use their time, talents, money, and other resources to help restore the city of
Property Program Manager
Growing up 30 minutes outside of St. Louis, I remember having a deep desire to help people in need. After high school, I started caring a lot more for St. Louis, community development and serving others. Throughout my time in the City of St. Louis, I’ve learned that unconditional love and healing that this city needs will cost us something. Sometimes it’s our comfort. Sometimes it’s our money. Whatever it is, I want to love St. Louis. While working for this organization, I am able to see small, tangible beginnings of this restoration.
Working Towards a Better St. Louis
Since it's inception, LOVEtheLOU has kept a pulse on what neighbors need in the city and how those needs can be met through loving relationships. It's these relationships that we believe will transform St. Louis.
LOVEtheLOU was formed out of the very simple idea of bringing people together all with the common desire to meet urban needs. The process of gathering a core leadership began in August of 2009. Lucas Rouggly initiated the process by gathering a few leaders close to the St. Louis city limits. His goal was to brainstorm simple and practical ways to serve the city, and from this, LOVEtheLOU was born.
Lucas moved into North St. Louis with his family to have a direct effect on the area. Because the Enright neighborhood was labeled at-risk, many good people surrounding the Rouggly's offered to help bring restoration to the neighborhood.
As each year went by, this list of people grew from just friends and family to over 1,000 volunteers who wanted to tangibly show their love for the city.
The organization initially focused on loving the city by serving local businesses. Then in June of 2011, the first commUNITY Festival was held in the Old North City. This was the first major public project labeled under the title of LOVEtheLOU. The small group of LOVEtheLOU volunteers partnered with other local nonprofits for the event. Many relationships were formed and passions were stirred during that first festival. This was a pivotal moment that propelled LOVEtheLOU forward.
Since then, LOVEtheLOU has grown and changed as an organization in many different ways, but our mission remains the same: to unite the City of St. Louis through meaningful relationships with a loving foundation. Since August of 2010, our staff has been planning trip for outside groups to come in and serve the city. We have hosted many more block parties, been a part of several community development projects and built lasting relationships in the St. Louis area.