• 0331212021

    Dear Lou

    It’s Time to Build a Stronger, More Equitable, and Prosperous St. Louis—Once and for All
  • 0312212021

    Blessed to Be Bearing Witness

    As I think about my role at Beyond Housing, it is clearly a blessing to be able to have the same job for almost 28 years and still love coming to work because your organization makes a difference in so many lives each and every day.
  • 0128212021

    We Are Better Than We Think We Are But Not Quite What We Want to Be

    It is our belief that we are helping to create a stronger, more equitable and prosperous St. Louis—once and for all. It is true, we are better than we think we are but not quite what we want to be. At least, not yet.
  • 1125202020


    It has been an awful year in so many ways. The global pandemic, the never-ending battles faced by people of color, the political divisiveness … so what on earth would drive me to suggest that I am thankful?
  • 1104202020

    Bigger Than Golf: Why Preserving the Normandie Golf Club is Essential

    It’s only natural to ask—why is a nonprofit dedicated to transforming underserved communities getting into the golf course business? The simplest answer is that this isn’t really about golf. It’s about something much bigger.
  • 0828202020

    What Right Do We Have to Forget?

    We owe it to our neighbors, to St. Louis, and to ourselves to build up our underserved communities—and to do it right. Because our collective future depends on it. And that is something we should never forget.
  • 0810202020

    Learning to Hold Two Thoughts at the Same Time

    It is possible for us to hold two different thoughts at once. It is not that complicated to think through two different notions and see the perspective and truth within each. The phrase Black Lives Matter does not mean white lives don’t matter.
  • 0630202020

    Change Starts at Home

    “Police violence against people of color needs to stop today, right now. But that’s not all that needs to stop. Police brutality is a symptom of the underlying issues. These issues are comprehensive—and so must be the solution.”
  • 0612202020

    The Better Angels of Our Nature: Peter Benoist

    In 1995, Peter became board chair and remained in that position for three years. This meant that for three years, once every two weeks, I got to spend an hour or more with him. I cannot fully explain what these three years meant to my evolution and growth
  • 0609202020

    The Better Angels of Our Nature: Mayor Mary Louise Carter

    “Mary Louise Carter passed away on Wednesday, June 3rd. I realized the day she died that I have never called her anything but Mayor or Mayor Carter. That’s how much respect I had for her.” Read Chris Krehmeyer’s tribute to Mayor Carter of Pagedale.
Load More
Blog List - Chris
About Chris

I’ve been working in community development in the St. Louis area for 25 years, and I’ve been the CEO of Beyond Housing since 1993. While I’m proud of our accomplishments, I don’t claim to be an expert. At Beyond Housing, the experts we listen to are the voices of the community members we serve. I’ll be raising issues here that I believe matter to our community. I hope you’ll join the conversation. We do reserve the right not to post comments containing offensive language. To paraphrase Dr. King, we can disagree without being disagreeable.