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About us


To build a more connected and productive society to benefit immigrants, their families, and the wider community.


A diverse, inclusive and thriving community.

Core Values


Remain agile and flexible – quickly adding or modifying services, products, and plans.


Work with partners and clients to create inclusive services and products. 


Strive for outstanding results.


Remain agile and flexible – quickly adding or modifying services, products, and plans.


Strong ethical and moral principles.


Utilizing a multicultural perspective, take into account the feelings, wishes, rights, and traditions of others.

Why We Are Needed

Today, we offer essential economic and cultural integration services, including English classes, employment, orientation, and citizenship preparation. We also host events and make presentations to build inclusive and mutually respectful relationships between foreign-born newcomers and all community members. Learn more from our 2019-2021 Strategic Plan and Annual Report.

2017 Revenues

  • Donated Services
  • Fees, Sales to the Public, & Other Revenues
  • Contribution
  • Foundations
  • United Way
  • Contracts & Grants

2017 Expenses

  • Programs
  • Management & General
  • Fundraising

2017 Programs

  • Case Mgmt. & Resettlement
  • Social Work & Health Services
  • Econ. Dev.
  • Community Engagement
  • Employment & Training
  • Education & Citizenship


During the period of 1900-1925, the National Board of the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) founded nearly 50 “International Institute” branches of their local organizations. The International Institute of St. Louis (IISTL) was founded in 1919.

In 1923, IISTL separated from the YWCA. At that time, we joined the St. Louis Community Chest, today named the United Way of Greater St. Louis. Our early records can be located at the Immigration History Research Center, U. of Minnesota.

National Network

The International Institutes are still connected along with newer members of the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), headquartered in Washington, DC. The USCRI network serves more than 1 million immigrants annually in dozens of states.

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