Their mission had two goals: to end homelessness for men listed on the sex offense registry, and to ease the transition from incarceration to the community. This population suffers from the severe stigma associated with the sexual crime category. The shame, indignity, and dishonor placed on these people by society at-large is, in many ways, far worse than any such stigma associated with other crimes. People on the registry face employment and housing barriers, a lack of mental health resources, and the challenge of residency restrictions that require them to live 1,000+ feet away from schools, parks, daycare centers, etc. These combined factors leave few affordable housing options.
The assistance provided by Viewpoints is designed to help these men forge a new beginning after years of incarceration, and this includes the basic necessity of housing.
Since its founding, the organization has grown to include three housing locations in the city of St. Louis. The organization has housed more than 60 men and provided services to over 100 registered persons in need.
We hope you will consider supporting our efforts by donating, volunteering, or simply sharing our mission with someone you know.