Welcome to St. Joseph Peace Mission

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Our Mission

To provide dependent children, sibling groups, or pregnant teens in need with a safe, caring environment where peace, love and security may be found.


Our Beginning

St. Joseph Peace Mission for Children Inc. provides a safe haven for vulnerable, at-risk youth in our community and throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky. At this time, we have three homes on our campus that include; a short-term Emergency Shelter, Yewell Home for Boys and a most recent addition, "the Hayden Home for Girls."

The origin of St. Joseph Peace Mission stems from a story of traumatic and senseless tragedy of child abuse - resulting in the untimely death of a local, four-year old boy - Philip Strain. At the time of his death, September 27, 1995, the community realized the significant need to provide a safe haven for abused, neglected and at-risk youth in crisis. After many decisions, meetings and planning sessions - among local judicial authorities, religious leaders and various entities within the community - St. Joseph Peace Mission for Children was established on October 27, 1996.

Services Provided

Services provided to children at St. Joseph Peace Mission frequently can range from; ensuring the most basic and essential, daily living needs of each child - to using evidence-based practices and techniques, to treat and address mental health issues. Some of the most frequent  and common services provided include:

  • Case Management

  • Medication Management

  • Life Skills Training and Education

  • Individual, Group and Family Therapy

  • Independent Daily Living Skills

  • Nutrition and Dietary Education

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Do You Want To Help?


More than 9,000 children in Kentucky are in state custody - waiting for out-of-home placement where they can feel safe, loved and cared for. St. Joseph Peace Mission for Children is ready, willing and able to provide for those needs - but we can't do it alone, we need your help!

Making a contribution can mean something different to everyone. Volunteers contribute by donation their time - for projects, events, fundraisers, committees and more. Others prefer to contribute in monetary ways - or through donating food, hygiene supplies, services and various other items that are greatly needed throughout the year. No matter how you prefer to contribute - we are appreciative of your compassion and dedication to helping our children in need.

If you have further questions about how you can make a contribution - or if you would like to discuss the option of becoming a Legacy Donor through making a charitable bequest - please email or call us today by clicking on our contact page.


Phone:  (270-683-9441)

E-mail:  [email protected]

P.O. Box 1048 Owensboro, KY