• 0102202020

    2020 – Why We Can’t Wait

    2019 brought more success for the families we serve. It is, however, abundantly clear that so much needs to be done to truly give all the residents of the 24:1 footprint a realistic opportunity to live the lives they dream of.
  • 0917192019

    When Your Name Goes Home

    Often I am asked, “what’s the most important aspect of our work?” Trust is the answer. In a recent presentation, one of our staff articulated this in such a simple yet profound way.
  • 0815192019

    Hearing, Seeing, Understanding, then Acting

    At Beyond Housing, we live by an operating philosophy in our comprehensive community building work that we call “Ask, Align, Act.” The question I asked myself is: “Do we really feel the depth of what we are being told?”
  • 0426192019

    Loving Our Children

    When I think about all the things we adults can do to help the children of our community be all that they can be, at the top of the list is to always love them. Love them in a way that they can see, feel, and fully understand.
  • 0411192019


    I frequently get asked “how have you been able to do this work for 25 years?” There is no easy answer to this. The work of community building is challenging. The ups and downs are many, and often extreme.
  • 0328192019

    Better Yet

    While we applaud Better Together’s mission of creating a more just, equal, and prosperous region for all, the proposed merger as it stands right now does little to solve the deep-rooted issues that hold our region back.
  • 1228182018

    Her Name was Aashya Quarles

    She deserves to be remembered. Her name, nor anyone senselessly murdered, should not simply be added to the list of those lost to gun violence in our community, and forgotten.
  • Blog

    Community Building at the Speed of Trust

    Why do some efforts to strengthen communities succeed while many others fail or fall short? What is the difference that creates real lasting change versus temporary feel good moments?
  • Blog

    Micah 6:8 Comes Back Around

    Twenty-five years later, I can now tell the story of Micah 6:8. I’ve come to realize it’s not just a religious story but a universal story of morality and doing the right thing.
  • Blog

    Why Comprehensive Community Building is the Way Forward for Our Region

    Let’s imagine for a moment a different kind of St. Louis. A St. Louis that not only made the current shortlist of 20 cities vying to become the home of Amazon’s second North American headquarters, but actually went on to win.
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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.